Live Discussion on Global Youth and Civic Engagement with Youth Leaders

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 23, 2011

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will deliver remarks and moderate at a roundtable on global youth and civic engagement at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. The panel, entitled “Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement,” will bring together international youth leaders to discuss how young people around the world are transforming societies, shaping the debate on world issues, and engaging other youth in civic life.

Program panelists will include: Ronan Farrow, U.S. Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues, Allen Gannett, CEO, Future Civic Leaders; Jeremy Heimans, Co-founder,; Riana Shah, Co-founder, Independent Thought & Social Action in India; and Kazem Hemeida, Business Development Manager, Dreams of Tomorrow Association.

The event is open to the public but requires an RSVP. Members of the public can RSVP on the web at The event will also be streamed live over the web at The panel will accept questions from Twitter under the hashtag #globalyouth and from the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO's Facebook page:

Media are welcome - for further information please contact Mara Tekach at

PRN: 2011/1579