On June 20, 2017; the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his Envoy on Youth. Wickramanayake will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service in addressing the needs and rights of young people.
In this role, Envoy on Youth is expected to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all 4 pillars of work: sustainable development, human rights, peace and security and humanitarian action.
Further, ensures that young people’s perspectives are reflected across all pillars of the UN’s work; and place their interests at the centre of the Secretary-General’s agenda for crisis prevention and sustaining peace by leveraging their talents, and innovation in addressing youth challenges and fostering opportunities.
In addition to promoting global youth development on various levels since the age of 21, Ms. Wickramanayake has also played a key role in transforming the youth development sector at the national level, through the creation of a movement for civic & political engagement of young people named “Hashtag Generation.”