UN Youth Delegate Award winner Jane Okafor donates $1,000 to Nigerian refugees

She is currently undergoing a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California.

 

Okafor, a student who is based in Los Angeles, California, U.S., spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos on the award.

She said that her feat had offered her a unique opportunity to mount the UN podium to talk about her commitment to the success of the world body’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Feb. 2.

“After a rigorous selection process involving over 800 delegates globally, I was among the top 15 outstanding delegates and later, we were pruned to three."

“The second round of interview was conducted, vetting and selecting the top six by the committee."

“A third and final round of interview was conducted to select the best three individual recipients of the award,’’ the Anambra-born 25-year-old told NAN.

NAN learnt that the Youth Assembly takes places at the UN Headquarters in New York twice a year and gathers the brightest and most active youth to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

This year is the 19th session of the conference which aims at highlighting the interdependence and universality of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by exploring multifaceted global issues such as poverty and education among others.

The UN in an e-mail congratulating her wrote: “We are excited that you will be joining us at the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the UN, where young leaders and professionals from around the world, UN officials and diplomats, and representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations will tackle young people’s role in realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’’.

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