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About the Global Youth Conference 2009


About The Global Youth Conference 
2009 Conference Themes
The Conference Team
Directions, Parking and Transportation
Contact Us 

What is the Y2Y Global Youth Conference 2009?

The conference is part of the United Nations Week celebrations. Every year, UNA-NCA (United Nations Association of the National Capital Area) commemorates the day the Charter of the United Nations went into effect (October 24th, 1945) by organizing a week of conferences and events with several partners in the capitol area. Y2Y is proud to collaborate with UNA-NCA and host the Global Youth Conference as part of these events.

The Global Youth Conference is presented by the Youth-to-Youth Community (Y2Y) of the World Bank. Y2Y is a community of young staff within the World Bank. Y2Y's mission is to mainstream youth issues within the World Bank and the broader development community and to engage with young people around the world through a participatory and demand driven approach. The conference is one of Y2Y’s main products and is organized by a dedicated and enthusiastic network of Y2Y volunteers. In previous years, the conference has attracted audiences of more than 300 individuals from around the world.

 What is the theme of this year’s conference?

A holistic approach to youth development is necessary to address the growing educational and employment needs of youth. This year’s conference aims to educate, engage and inspire. The panel discussions, case study, film screening and Youth Expo allow for interactive discussions on the current state of affairs, youth involvement and leadership opportunitites in a time of crises in the areas of Education, Employment and Civic Engagement.

Young people are tomorrow’s workers, leaders and entrepreneurs. Yet, all over the world, they struggle with a multitude of problems – drugs, crime, violence, unemployment, abuse, illiteracy and natural disasters to name a few. These young people are an entire generation - the future. And the time to build that future is now.

Conference registration is free, but mandatory, if you plan to attend. Please
 register before October 22, 2009 to ensure your participation.


Conference Venue

Where and when is the Youth Conference held?

The Youth Conference will take place on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009, from 8:30am to 5pm at the Preston Auditorium in World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC (1818 H St, Washington D.C. 20433). The event is free, registration is mandatory; you can register through this site. Please bring valid photo identification with you.


The Y2Y Global Youth Conference Team

The conference is brought to you by an enthusiastic and hardworking team of young World Bank staff. Team members have volunteered their time and coordinated and managed this event in its entirety.

Conference Planning Committee 

Mehreen Sheikh, Co-Chair (
Nikita Malik, Co-Chair (

Alina Tourkova

Ceyda Dagdalen

Chau Pham

Claudia Oriolo

Dimitrios Lagias

Esra Bani

Garima Sahai

Gbenga Lasisi

Kevin Hempel

Lorena Gil

Maggie Tunning

Mamata Pokharel

Mary Mugala

Michael Yamoah

Moutishi Islam

Pamela Mukerji

Rafael Pinto

Sara Mahfooz

Sara Pais

Sina Grasmann


How do I get to the conference?

Directions, Parking, and Transportation

From National Airport:
If you are traveling by plane and flying directly into Reagan National Airport, you can reach the venue by taxi, which will cost approximately $25. You can also reach campus by taking the Metro Blue line (towards Addison Road). Exit at the stop marked "Farragut West" and make your way to 1818 H Street.

From Dulles Airport:
If you are flying into Dulles International Airport, you can take a Super Shuttle van to downtown Washington. Tickets can be purchased at the airport. The van will drop you off at any location you specify. You can also take a taxi.

By Train:
If you are traveling by train, you will arrive at Union Station where you have two options to continue. You can take a taxi for the approximate cost of $15 or you can take the Metro Red line (towards Shady Grove). When you reach the Metro Center stop, transfer to the Blue line (towards Franconia-Springfield) or the Orange line (towards Vienna). Exit at the stop marked "Farragut West" and make your way to 1818 H Street.

By Metro:
If you are traveling by Metro, exit at the stop marked "Farragut West" (orange or blue line) and make your way to 1818 H Street.

If you are traveling by car:
This is the address of the venue:
1818 H Street, Washington DC, 20433

Parking will not be provided.


Who do I contact if I have a question on the conference?

If you want to register for the conference, please do so through this website. If you only have very specific questions on the conference or the agenda, please email us at:

Mehreen Sheikh:
Nikita Malik:


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