U.S. Youth Observer

About the Program

Created to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer at the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues.  The Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates with the U.S. delegation at international organization meetings, such as the UN General Assembly opening debates, the UNESCO Youth Forum, and the Commission on the Status of Women.


To learn more about the 2014-2015 U.S. Youth Observer, visit genun.unausa.org.

Past Youth Observers 

Follow the adventures of 2012-2013 Youth Observer, Brooke Loughrin, and 2013-2014 Youth Observer, Tiffany Taylor. Learn more about the day-to-day of the position with this short documentary


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The U.S. Youth Observer program is hosted by UNA-USA, in partnership with


The UN Foundation
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Fax: +1 202 887-9021

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