NEW YORK –– UN Secretary General’s Youth Envoy Ahmad Al Hindawi on Friday took the oath of office before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, starting his official work to meet the needs of youths worldwide.

Last month, the UN secretary general appointed Hindawi as his envoy on youth as part of his five-year action agenda, which identified “working with and for women and young people” as one of his top priorities, according to the UN.

During the swearing-in ceremony held at the UN headquarters in New York, Ban said that the organisation’s plan for the youth is very important for its efforts towards development and sustainability, and would lead to creating equal work opportunities.

He said he was “so impressed” by Hindawi during the interview, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

For his part, Hindawi said he was pleased to serve the UN and the youths, particularly in terms of realising the five-year action agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.

Since December 2012, the 28-year-old Hindawi has been a team leader at a World Bank-funded programme to the Arab League on institutional development to strengthen Arab policy and participation.

Prior to this, he served as the youth policy adviser in the Arab League in Cairo and as an officer in the technical secretariat of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers Council, between 2009 and 2012.

According to the UN, past experience also includes serving as a team leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, a youth programme associate at the Iraq office of the UN Population Fund and an emergency programme officer at the non-governmental organisation Save the Children.

As a regional consultant, Hindawi has also supported the Danish Youth Council’s projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

Additionally, and as part of his voluntary work, the youth ambassador was among the co-founders of the All Jordan Youth Commission, and a co-founder and leader for the Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission for Democratic Culture. He was also one of the founders of the International Youth Council in New York.