These are your voices at the U.N

Tune in on October 1, 2015, at 8:00 EDT/12:00 UTC to Tweet your questions in advance using the hashtag #GenUNChat.

Around the world, young people are facing daunting social, economic and environmental challenges. Sparse opportunities mean more than 500 million 15- to 24-year-olds live on less than $2 a day. Some 125 million cannot read or write. Every minute a young woman is infected with HIV.

You might not think there is anything you can do. But Jackson Dougan thinks otherwise. He was last year’s U.S. Youth Observer to the U.N., and he’s convinced that young people have to start solving tomorrow’s problems today.

“The role of youth is critical to tackling the social inequities and environmental complexities of the current world. We have exactly enough time to solve these pressing issues if we start now,” he says.

Wondering what you can do? Ask Jackson yourself! On October 1, he and the new U.N. Youth Observer, Donya Nasser, will answer your questions about how youth can help set the global agenda and ensure an inclusive and sustainable future.