Jayathma Wickramanayake represented and motivated global youth development on an international level since the age of 21, notably during high-level United Nations initiatives including the declaration of World Youth Skills Day. She participated in the creation of a large movement for civic and political engagement of young people named “Hashtag Generation” and contributed to the dialogue leading to Our Future Agenda. Ms. Wickramanayake has previously served as Secretary to the Secretary General of the Parliament of Sri Lanka (2016-2017), Project Officer-Youth, One-Text Initiative in Sri Lanka (2015-2016), Member and Youth Lead Negotiator, International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 (2013-2014) and Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development (2012-2013). She was furthermore a Senator in the Sri Lankan Youth Parliament (2013-2015). Ms. Wickramanayake is presently working as an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, while the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has selected her as the next Envoy on Youth.
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