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Apply to become a Youth Delegate to the United Nations – 2015 UN Youth Delegate Programme

Whether your country has an existing Youth Delegate Programme or you will have to convince your government on the importance of having a youth representative in its delegation to the UN General Assembly, advocate and apply to participate in decision-making of the United Nations.

Participation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

The youth delegate programme is coordinated by the Focal Point on Youth at the global level, but it is the responsibility of the Member States to establish a youth delegate programme at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country.

The roles of a youth representative varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participate in their delegation’s general work through attending meetings and informal negotiations.

The United Nations Youth Delegate Programme:

Programme aims to:
• Enhance awareness of the global situation of youth and to increase recognition of their rights and aspirations;
• Promote national youth policies, programmes and coordinating mechanisms as integral parts of social
and economic development, in cooperation with both governmental and non-governmental organizations;
• Strengthen the participation of youth in decision-making processes at all levels in order to increase
their contribution to national development and international cooperation;
• Facilitate the coordination of the UN system’s youth-related activities by leading the Inter-Agency
Network on Youth Development.
How to Apply:

Determine if  your country has an existing Youth Delegate Programme

  • Check the list of youth delegates of previous years.

If your country does not have a programme in place to select a youth delegate, your task will be two-fold:

  • First, you have to convince your country on the importance of having a youth representative in its delegation to the UN General Assembly.
  • And secondly, once they’ve established the position, you will have to initiate a selection process.

Benefits

  • Youth delegates can participate in several intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations.
  • Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  2015 UN Youth Delegate Programme

31 COMMENTS

  1. I am a kenyan youth from the county of Mandera and I want to apply to become a youth delegate at the United nations assembly . Where I come from the county of Mandera there is alot of problems first my county is leading in child mortality rate in the country and secondly there is massive radicalisation of youth and they join terror organisations and if given a chance to be attending the United nations assembly as the delegate I will want to advocate for the youth of Kenya thank you.

  2. Bonjour,
    Je suis une jeune fonctionnaire de l’Administration Publique du BENIN. Je me propose au poste de délégué jeunesse à l’Assemblée des Nations Unies.
    Je suis Administrateur de Développment Communautaire et spécialiste en Entrepreneuriat, Création et Reprise d’Entreprises. Je travaille depuis 2008 au Ministère de la Jeunesse, des Sports et des Loisirs avec les jeunes entrepreneurs dont je connais les difficultés et les besoins.
    Au Bénin, -l’informel est très développé et très peu de petites entreprises survivent au delà de 3 ans;
    – le taux d’analphabétisme est très élévé et les principaux cibles sont les femmes en milieu rural;
    – les enfants suivent des cours d’Education Scientifique et Technologique et n’arrivent pas à
    mettre en pratique ce qu’ils ont appris dans leur quotidien.
    Tous ces constats faits ne facilitent point le développement du BENIN. Ceci nécessite des apports de solutions. Merci.

  3. I am a reseacher and an English teacher from Guinea-Conakry. I would like to participate at the UN Youth Conference to broaden my horizon and meet with important people from around the world to learn from. Upon return home, I shall be able to enhance the development of my country, Guinea, more better in the future. So I look forward to be granted the opportunity to make dream come true.

    Thank you,
    Sita Cisse
    Conakry, Republic of Guinea.

  4. i am a teacher from Kenya i would like to be a youth delegate. i am a leader in so many ways and i am certain that being a delegate will broaden my boundaries. please help me on what steps to take to being a UN Youth Delegate

  5. I WOULD LIKE TO BE A DELEGATE FROM UGANDA
    This is a good forum to help us the youth exchange ideas.

  6. hello,
    i am a Tanzanian youth,i founded and still run a social enterprise to help deaf women, disadvantaged youths,and people with disabilities who want to change their situations

    please let me know how to get involved and if there are any other opportunities to learn from or broaden my experience.

  7. Bonjour Mesdames, Messieurs

    Juriste, Experte en Droits de l’Homme et Action Humanitaire et jeune Volontaire à Transparency International-Cameroon depuis 2013, je me propose au poste de Délégué de la Jeunesse à l’Assemblée des Nations Unies.
    En effet, à travers les différentes activités menées par mon service dans le cadre de la lutte contre la corruption au Cameroun, j’ai fait le constat que les femmes et les Jeunes sont les personnes les plus confrontées aux actes de corruption dans tous les domaines, la plupart ne savent quoi faire, ni comment se défendre face à de tels actes, et même, compte tenu des difficultés que ces derniers rencontrent au quotidien, je souhaite vivement apporter ma contribution. ce poste me permettra de leur fournir une aide plus conséquente ce d’autant plus parce que notre gouvernement reste inerte face à ce phénomène qui porte atteinte à l’économie de notre pays, prive les citoyens de leurs biens, et nuit à l’image internationale de notre pays.
    Par conséquent, pour soutenir les jeunes (fer de lance de la nation) à prendre leur avenir en main en s’opposant à ces actes repréhensibles, je propose ma candidature à ce poste qui me permettra de contribuer valablement au Développement de mon pays et surtout mener à bien des plaidoyers ( moteur des changements systémiques) en faveur de cette jeunesse camerounaise qui est en proie à la déchéance et au découragement.
    Bien à vous,

  8. I am a youth from kitui county and i have been at the forefront in the fight for the rights our community,as you know Kitui is one of the county with vast amount of minerals and i am talking to youths to participate in the formulation of the measures and policies to ensure they are not punitive and are up to the international standards.
    The other thing i am starting projects like irrigation farming to ensure youths are busy and the dont engage on crimes like joining the Alshabab due to lack of employment

  9. I am NGU Frankline a Cameroonian and i want to be a youth delegate. I am interested in this program due to the rate at which youths are confused in my country and community. Due to lack of jobs and poor educational system youths of my community have engaged themselves in high capacity of drinking and smoking and arm robbery. I want to be a voice in my community. What do i need to do to make this happen?

  10. I am artist painting , decoration ,illustration , drawing
    I want to apply in this program. we can change youth by art expression , art can make our mind to free in ideas. I am Rwandan

  11. I am interested in being a U.N Youth delegate for my country Nigeria.As a youth teacher and leader in the faith based organisation where i belong,I am ready and willing to pay the necessary price to fulfill this mission for my country Nigeria and the U.N in general.
    Thank you for your Cooperation.
    Ikechkwu Okoli.

  12. My name is Natasha Mosongo and i am very interested in becoming a U.N Youth delegate for Kenya. First and foremost, i am very passionate about being in a position to enable the much needed changes in society. For example, there is a huge number of street children in Kenya that are living below the universal standards and need someone like me to be vocal about it with the hopes of inspiring and restoring their human dignity.

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