|Born||February 26, 1992|
|Years active||2018 - present|
|Organization||United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth - UNMGCY|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
Jolly Amatya (born 26 February 1992) is a Nepali youth activist and social entrepreneur, based in the United States. Amatya is best known for being the youngest woman and the first Nepali to be appointed as the Chairperson of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. She is currently the Administrator of UNMGCY (United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth), a constituency of over 6000 youth entities in over 170 countries consulting with over a billion youth.
Amatya is highly recognized for her impactful activism and advocacy that is focused primarily on youth engagement, women empowerment, and gender equality. She is also a notable public speaker and is often seen at several high-profile events and conferences.
Amatya has received several national and international recognitions including, Champion of Change Honoree (UN Women USA), National Youth Award by Ministry of Youth, National Youth Council, Government of Nepal, Young Global Leader by GC4W, Inspiring Women Empowerment Achiever, VOW (Voice of Women) College Award and others.
Early life and education
Amatya was born on 26 February 1992, in Lalitpur to Krishna Amatya and Jagadish Amatya. She is the eldest daughter of the couple and has two younger siblings, Kanchan Amatya and Jenish Amatya. She spent her childhood in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she pursued her high school education at St. Mary’s School.
Amatya moved to the United States in 2009, when she received a scholarship to pursue higher education. She attended Coe College, Iowa, where she applied for an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance. Amatya also studied Auditing and International Business at Harvard Summer School.
Amatya, throughout her career, assumed several leadership roles and was involved with world-class organizations like the WFUNA, the World Bank, Action Aid, and Habitat for Humanity. She even represented Nepal at the White House AAPI Youth Forum in 2015.
In 2016, Amatya started working for the UN Youth Assembly and played an integral role as the Youth Chairperson. Her speech as the Chair at the UN General Assembly went viral and was highly acclaimed by the international media agencies.
She also served as a board member and as a finance committee executive at the US National Committee for UN Women (USNC). Amatya was also an Ambassador to Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, Inc., which is a US-based grassroots organization that promotes wellness for women and families through education.
As of May 2019, Amatya serves as the Administrator in the Secretariat of The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. Amatya is a well renowned public speaker and is often seen at several high-profile events and conferences where she speaks about leading world issues like women empowerment, gender equality, youth engagement, and others.
- Administrator - (2018 - Present) (UNMGCY - United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth )
- Chair - Youth Assembly at the United Nations, (2015 - 2017)
- Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (Senior Program Coordinator) (2013- 2014)
- Board of Directors/ Executive Finance Committee - US National Committee for UN Women (2015 - Present)
- Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for promoting Sustainable Tourism of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Nepal
- Champion of Change Honoree- UN Women USA
- National Youth Award - Ministry of Youth, National Youth Council, Government of Nepal
- Young Global Leader - Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W)
- Inspiring Women Empowerment Achiever - On International Women's Day - AAPI
- Many national and international recognitions and accolades
- VOW (Voice of Women) College Award, Nepal
Amatya currently lives in Manhattan, New York. Amatya is the sister of Kanchan Amatya who was named in Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 Asia list.
In the media
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- "Governments at UN endorse global adolescent agenda". Child Health & Mobility. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
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- "r/Nepal - Jolly Amatya becomes first nepali to be appointed 'Youth Chair' for youth assembly at UN". reddit. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- "The ILO Centenary Takes Centerstage in the General Assembly". www.ilo.org. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- "Thematic review: Perspectives of society: Session organized with major groups and other stakeholders .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform". sustainabledevelopment.un.org. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- UN2020 Information, Organization and Strategy Meeting Program (PDF).
- Hub, IISD's SDG Knowledge. "Civil Society Discusses Expectations for UN at 75 Declaration | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- "Secretariat". United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- "The Youth Assembly". Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- "Kanchan Amatya". Forbes. Retrieved 19 October 2020.