Angelina Jolie to address youth around the world at Young Activists Summit 2021


UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Special Envoy and American actress Angelina Jolie will address the participants and laureates of the Young Activists Summit 2021 (#YAS21) in a video message of support.

“What I know is that young people have less fear, you are more fearless. And it’s not reckless to be fearless. Because fear is used most often to control people, to set us against each other, to find excuses for inaction…Being able to see through this is a strength
that you must hold on to,” said Angelina Jolie.

UNHCR Special Envoy and American actress Angelina Jolie (Photo: #YAS21)

The third summit entitled ‘New Generation, New Solutions’ at the UN  Palais des Nations in Geneva on November 18, will honour six outstanding young people who have driven concrete change for their communities and the environment: TIME Magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year Gitanjali Rao, 15, anti-cyberbullying service (USA); José Quisocala, 16, bank for children’s education (Peru); Lual Mayen, 26, video games for peace (South Sudan); Louise Mabulo, 23, sustainable farming and climate resilience (Philippines); Titouan Bernicot, 22, super-corals for ocean conservation, (French Polynesia); Stacy Dina Adhiambo Owino, 21, female genital mutilation prevention app, (Kenya).

The YAS 2021 laureates: (L-R) Gitanjali Rao, José Quisocala, Lual Mayen, Louise Mabulo, Titouan Bernicot, and Stacy Dina Adhiambo Owino (Photo: #YAS21)

The YAS 2021 laureates have demonstrated that youth have the power to shape a sustainable and equal world. All of them will attend the summit in person, except from Lual Mayen who will participate remotely.

UN top officials will also take part in the global event, including  UN Geneva Director-General Tatiana Valovaya, UN Under-Secretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, UNESCO-International Bureau of Education Director Yao Ydo, and Edward Kwakwa, Assistant Director General for Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

#YAS21 will also celebrate youth movements and young activists, working tirelessly for a sustainable and equal world globally. Young activists from all over the world will participate and be featured on screens throughout the event.

Summit audience will be invited to take concrete actions to advance the activists’ causes and the children’s rights they promote. Trees will be planted on all five continents to reward the participants who will submit the first 2,000 pledges.

The Official Summit (10:00 – 12:00 CET) will be followed by a press conference (12:30 – 13:30 CET) and a global live conversation with the activists (14:00 – 15:00 CET) to be moderated by UN Under-Secretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming.

All three sessions will be streamed live in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

The Summit is co-organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva, the NGO, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), and its Genève Vision label, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.


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