Youth: Today’s Leaders, that was theme for 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference held in New York. We are delighted for the privilege given to S.M.I.L.E, as Associates of the United Nations DPI/ NGO to host her first workshop at this year’s conference.

We also want to thank the passionate attendees who came to our workshop at the 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference in New York, on Thursday. We encourage you to be intentional about developing youth leaders.

We are delighted 44% of participants at the conference were youth under the age of 32 & glad the United Nations is setting a standard for meaningful youth inclusion. While we commend the participation of more young people, it breaks our heart that many outstanding and exemplary Nigerian youth were denied access due to lack of resources and visas.This narrative has to change. We need more opportunities for youth in developing countries to participate along with their peers on the global stage.