Tune into our Google+ Hangout on Wednesday at 9AM ET on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” with Special Adviser Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush.
The Hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.

Tune into our Google+ Hangout on Wednesday at 9AM ET on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” with Special Adviser Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush.

The Hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.

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Special Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry on Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman meets USYouth Observer at the UN General Assembly Tiffany Taylor at the Social Good Summit in New York. 

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Special Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry on Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman meets USYouth Observer at the UN General Assembly Tiffany Taylor at the Social Good Summit in New York. 

Did you miss our Google+ Hangout on International Youth Day? Check out a replay of the discussion with:

  • Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser to Global Youth Issues and Director of the Office of Global Youth Issues;
  • Elizabeth Hopkins, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration;
  • Maryanne Yerkes, Youth Coordinator at USAID;
  • Chernor Bah, youth advocate and former refugee from Sierra Leone; and
  • Claire Charamnac, co-founder and Executive Director of Women LEAD.

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Join a Discussion on Youth and Global Engagement

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs and the United Nations Foundation will host a panel discussion entitled The Next Level of Diplomacy: Youth and Global Engagement. The event will feature Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State; Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation; and Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs and the United Nations Foundation will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “The Next Level of Diplomacy: Youth and Global Engagement.” The event will feature Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State; Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation; and Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State. The panelists will discuss the importance of engaging youth in global affairs to promote peace, social justice, and democracy. 

You are invited to participate by submitting questions,… more »

Elevating Youth Voices Through Youth Councils

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with members of the Embassy Dublin Youth Council at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, December 6, 2012. [State Department photo by Maxwell's/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Zeenat Rahman serves as Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues.

Over the past four years, Secretary Clinton has prioritized engaging diverse groups of young people around the world, underpinned by the belief that because young people are more connected and engaged to the wider world than previous generations, the United States needs to forge new, meaningful relationships with this cohort. With youth populations burgeoning around the world, young people are a vital component of civil society and the Department of State cannot accomplish its diplomatic goals if young people are marginalized from decision-making processes.

My office, the Office of Global Youth Issues, seeks to support the dialogue and interactions that the State Department’s diplomats have with youth in order to amplify young people’s perspectives and concerns. Underlying all of our activities… more »