About the project

About the Youth Representative Program

The Australian Youth Representative to the UN is a role appointed annually by UN Youth Australia in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Running since 1999, the Youth Representative holds an extensive, nationwide consultation tour to engage with and discover the issues that are most important to young Australians.

During the tour, the Youth Representative tours the country, engaging and collaborating with young Australians through extensive consultation with students, community organisations and other institutions, in an effort to identify the issues that are most important to youth across the nation.

After the Consultation, the Youth Representative will travel to New York as a member of the Australian Mission to the UN where she will attend the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly before presenting to the General Assembly’s Third Committee.

Paige’s consultation is attempting to answer the question “what would society look like if young people were imagined in their full complexity?” She’s asking young people across the country what they wish the government knew, and considered about their story when making decisions.

About Paige

Paige Burton is the 2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations. She is passionate about the role young people can play in  international affairs, and educating their peers.

Paige got started volunteering with UN Youth NSW in 2012 when she became the schools officer. The role gave her the opportunity to work closely with teachers and students across the state and from there, she was hooked! She later served as the NSW Director of Education and then as the National Education Director for UN Youth Australia.

During her time with UN Youth Australia, Paige also designed and facilitated educational tours of Timor L’Este and the Middle East for high school students to allow them to better understand the challenges of development and peace-building. In 2013, Paige founded the organisation’s first national activity for junior high school students, Voice.

In 2014, Paige was elected to the Board of UN Youth Australia and served as the Chair of the Board in 2016. In 2014, Paige began working at the Centre for Australian Progress- a non-profit organisation dedicated to building the advocacy capacity of civil society. Paige was the Events & Operations Manager for almost three years, where she managed events for thousands of non-profit campaigners, policy-makers, and advocates.

In 2015 and 2016, Paige was recognised for her work by Pro Bono Australia as the youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award. In 2017, Paige was named as a state finalist for the NSW Young Woman of The Year award.