The Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth was created for the first time by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who nominated Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan as the first ever Envoy on Youth, on 17th of January 2013.

The Envoy on Youth is mandated with a task of bringing the voices of young people to the United Nations System. Moreover, the Envoy on Youth also works with different UN Agencies, Governments, Civil Society, Academia and Media stakeholders towards enhancing, empowering and strengthening the position of young people within and outside of the United Nations System. The role of the Envoy on Youth is also described by the UN Secretary-General as a "harmonizer between all UN agencies" to bring them together to explore cooperation opportunities for working with and for young people.