U.S. Youth Observer to the UN

Increasing Youth Engagement in Global Affairs


About Michael Scott Peters:

Michael Scott Peters is the 2018-19 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations Association of the USA to increase youth engagement in global affairs. Michael was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He recently graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Utah State University.

While serving as student body president this past year, Michael advanced student health, advocated equality, increased idea sharing, promoted events, and enriched the cultural experience on campus. Michael also served as the president of the Utah Student Association. In this capacity, he collaborated with student body presidents across the state to successfully increase funding for mental health services and sexual assault prevention. Michael worked to stimulate positive changes in higher education, promote civic responsibility, and advocate for the students of Utah through statewide initiatives.

As a Spanish-speaking volunteer, Michael has lived in Argentina and the Dominican Republic. In conjunction with Operation Underground Railroad, he ​mentors victims of human trafficking to economic stability through financial consulting and self-reliance training. ​In his free time, Michael enjoys snow skiing, marathon running, and playing the accordion.

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About the U.S. Youth Observer Program:

Created in 2012 to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues. As a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth, the Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates with the U.S. delegation at international organization meetings, including at the UN General Assembly in New York. The U.S. Youth Observer to the UN position is a program of the U.S. Department of State and is operated by UNA-USA. Follow the U.S. Youth Observer program on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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