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Youth, Peace and Security Leadership Series

Date 20 May 2021 Time 11:15am-12pm (UK/Ireland)

The seminar series is a partnership between Ulster University (INCORE, TJI & Centre for Youth Research and Dialogue), The John and Pat Hume Foundation, John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace, International Fund for Ireland (IFI), and Interpeace.

Youth and Peace: Young leaders in dialogue with the UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. She is the youngest senior official in the UN and the first woman to hold this position.

In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of the organization’s work — sustainable development, human rights, peace and security, and humanitarian action — and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General.

In 2019 Jayathma was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the “Time 100 Next: Rising stars shaping the future” and in 2020 she was recognized by Forbes magazine as part of its “30 under 30” list. Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, including playing a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country.


  • Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Panel of Young Leaders from Northern Ireland
  • Chair: Professor Brandon Hamber, John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University

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Thursday 20 May

11.15am to 12pm

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