Minister Phillip sits amongst Heads of State, Ministers and other Government officials, along with 400 youth group representatives and young artist from all over the world at the United Nations Headquarters.
This two-day meeting is to debate a wide range of matters of distress to the younger generation which represents a major part of the world population, as discussed by the general assembly last march.
The conference is scheduled to be addressed by United Nations Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly President Mr Joseph Deiss, The International Supermodel Alek Wek and Brazilian Youth representative Romulo Dantas.
The theme of the meeting is “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding” and was organised to showcase the International Year of the Youth.
The two day meeting includes two informal interactive panel discussions on Monday 1st August 2011 surrounding the themes; I) Strengthening International Cooperation on Youth Affairs and Enhancing Dialogue, Mutual Understanding and Active Participation to Achieve Social Integration, Full employment and Poverty Eradication and II) Youth Development and opportunities for Poverty Eradication, Employment and Sustainable Development.
Then On Tuesday 2nd August 2011 there will be two plenary meetings.
A few days after the discussions, on Friday 12th August 2011 as celebrated every year is International Youth Day (IYD) with the theme of “Change Our World” which is meant to target youth creativeness at all levels with the idea that efforts at the local level can have a global impact.