The United Nations is one of the most important and influential organisations in the world. That’s why, at Kaplan, we are enormously proud that one of our students has acted as a delegate at the United Nations Youth Assembly.
Ahmed Al-Jameel, a Pre-Master’s student at Glasgow International College, recently headed to New York City, the official home of the United Nations. The UN’s 2017 Winter Youth Assembly was the 19th conference, and brought together young people and global experts from around the world.
The theme this winter was ‘sustainable development’. Attendees were invited to explore issues such as poverty, education, consumption, production and environmentalism, and how policy-making affects global development.
Ahmed, who is an international student from Saudi Arabia, also visited the UK’s mission to the UN for a seminar on the UK’s role in sustainable development.
We caught up with Ahmed to find out a little more about the event, and why he ended up in New York:
“Attending the Youth Assembly at the United Nations and participating as a delegate was a personal initiative. I decided to pursue it because I believe it’s very important to involve young people in tackling some of our biggest challenges.
"I think that being a delegate at the Youth Assembly is really a great opportunity to show the world how young people can be involved in policy-making. I believe that engaging the youth encourages them to become active community members. I also found this to be a great opportunity to voice young people’s views, and make a difference in decision-making around the world.”
As a student of Chemistry, Ahmed explained that he was particularly interested in the sections of the conference that focused on clean water and sanitation. Ahmed has even factored the UN’s agenda for sustainable development into one of his degree research topics.
Ahmed is now also a proud member of the United Nations Association in the UK, a charity that supports a strong UN taking a leading role in global affairs.
We’re extremely impressed with Ahmed’s ambitious plans, and we’re confident that he’ll succeed at the University of Glasgow. Having already made it to the United Nations, who knows what he’ll go on to achieve in the future?