Oregon Native Selected as New U.S. Youth Observer to UN

August 26, 2014

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State today named Jackson Dougan the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. As Youth Observer, Dougan will be the third American to represent a youth voice at the United Nations General Assembly and other UN events throughout the next year. He was selected from more than 600 applicants to the program, and will engage with peers and report on his experiences over the year.  

Dougan recently completed post-baccalaureate research at the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin after graduating with honors from Oregon State University, and conducting research with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  An Oregon native, Dougan seeks to build a career that promotes cross-cultural dialogue on these crucial issues. 

“My generation is inheriting a world of global challenges that are almost as great as the opportunities before us,” said Dougan. “As the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, I will have a chance to relate the hopes and expectations of my peers who are intensely concerned about the future of our world. In my new role, I am eager to empower youth and elevate their voices.”

“The youth voice at the UN is more important now than ever,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley. “As the 2014-2015 Youth Observer, Jackson will take his experiences to the world’s most recognizable global forum, and represent the voice of U.S. youth in working with his peers from other countries to confront our shared challenges.” 

The U.S. Youth Observer program represents an effort to empower young voices on the global stage. In addition to attending UN meetings and other forums, the Youth Observer will travel to speak to UNA-USA Chapters and youth audiences around the country, blog, tweet, and discuss his experiences with the media and the general public, and advise UNA-USA on potential future youth roles at the United Nations. 

Dougan will attend events in New York City during UN General Assembly week, as well as a number of side events around the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee (Third Committee) of the General Assembly in October. The U.S. Youth Observer position is a program of the U.S. Department of State and is operated by UNA-USA. For more information on the U.S. Youth Observer program, please visit www.unausa.org/usyouth.  

To schedule an interview with the Youth Observer, please contact Amy Auguston at aauguston@unausa.org or 202. 213.7918.

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Media Contact: Amy Auguston; aauguston@unausa.org; 202. 213.7918

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at www.unausa.org

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