Kofi Annan live dialogue with young people around the world

18 July 2013: Kofi Annan live dialogue with young people around the world

Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General, is hosting a series of live dialogues on critical global issues with young people around the world.

Mr. Annan believes the views and concerns of the younger generation on challenges central to their lives and future prospects, such as unemployment and democratic governance, are being ignored and he therefore wants to help them get their message across to national and international decision-makers.


The dialogues:

• Provide an opportunity for young people to interact with one of the most experienced global leaders of our times;

• Highlight young people’s ideas and actions to bring about positive change in the world;

• Enable and empower young people and encourage other high-profile leaders to interact with the leaders of tomorrow.


The dialogues consist of a 90 minute live discussion between Kofi Annan and six young people from around the world using the video-conferencing platform Google Hangout.

Young people world-wide can join the dialogues, express their views and ask Mr. Annan questions through a range of social media channels.


An on-line poll accompanies the series to capture and promote the hopes, goals, priorities and positive ideas of young people around the world on specific issues.

The results of this youth barometer will be announced at the BYND 2015 Global Youth Summit in Costa Rica in September and the One Young World Summit in October, 2013.


The next dialogue will take place tomorrow and will focus on “Democracy and Elections” starting at 15.00 CET.

The event will be webcast live [ http://dialogueslive.kofiannanfoundation.org ]here and can be followed on social media: twitter: @kofiannan #kofiannanlive and Facebook: Kofi Annan.


Find out more: http://dialogueslive.kofiannanfoundation.org