2016 WFUNA Youth News

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.

28 December 2016

Congratulations to the WFUNA Young Leader of 2016: Bernard Bebe from UNA-Zimbabwe!

Bernard was nominated by UNA-Zimbabwe for his work on UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: http://www.wfuna.org/wfuna-young-leader-of-the-year #Youth4Goal16

19 December 2016

Upon taking his oath as Next UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres called for the inclusion of young people at the decision-making table. As part of our strategic priorities, we hope to work with Mr. Guterres and the entire UN System towards increased youth participation at the UN.

10 December 2016

Join us as we #Standup4HumanRights! Together, let's take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect, and more compassion.

Read our Secretary-General's Human Rights Day Statement here: http://ow.ly/vfT3306Zld5

9 December 2016

Today is the Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 recognizing the contribution young people make towards Peace and Security around the world. For this, we are joining the global call #ActOn2250.

30 November - 2 December 2016

Over 60 youth delegates from UNAs and UNYAs aroudn the world met in Kuala Lumpur to discuss how to support the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16. Check out the pictures here!

21 November 2016

Young leaders from the WFUNA Youth Network, WFUNA Youth Advisory Council and WFUNA Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers are in Geneva for the first-ever United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. This year's theme is “Widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making”: http://www.wfuna.org/news/united-nations-forum-on-human-rights-democracy-and-the-rule-of-law

18 November 2016

At WFUNA, we see ourselves as global citizens and for that we believe global citizenship education is fundamental to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Mission Possible "is a global citizenship education program for high school students that applies the values, principles and work of the United Nations": http://www.wfuna.org/mission-possible

11 November 2016

Have you ever wondered how life is as UN Youth Delegates?

Imagine representing the young people of your country at the United Nations, imagine working with other young people in favor of solutions to the greatest global challenges, imagine...!


 9 November 2016

Thanks to all nominees for WFUNA Young Leader of 2016!

We are currently reviewing all nominations and are very excited to see the outstanding quality of all nominees. Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks!

7 November 2016

What do you think is the role of youth in decision-making?

The UN Human Rights Council will host a forum titled "Widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making from the 21-22 of November and we will be there with representatives from our Youth Network: http://www.wfuna.org/event/youth-forum-on-human-rights-democracy-and-the-rule-of-law

4 November 2016

Last year, world leaders concluded the Paris Agreement. Today, it enters into force: http://bit.ly/2exmV4X

24 October 2016

Happy UN Day!

As the UN turns 71, we're asking for your help to achieve the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Find out about all the Goals at: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

13 October 2016

We have great news to share with you!

On International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women and WFUNA agreed to work together for gender equality, SDG5 and fostering leadership of young women.

5 October 2016

Every year, WFUNA hosts a Meet-and-Greet with Youth Delegates to the UN attending the UN General Assembly. This year is even more exciting as we we will welcome the biggest group of youth delegates ever -close to 70. 

3 October 2016

The Youth Delegates to the UN are in NYC!

It's that time of the year when Youth Delegates to the UN participate in the Third Committee of UNGA. We are supporters of stronger and meaningful youth participation at the UN and for that reason we developed a handbook to help you convince your governments of the importance of including young people at the decision-making table: http://www.wfuna.org/youthhandbook

28 September 2016

We have exciting news to share with you!During the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, WFUNA and OIJ signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to strengthen youth participation at the United Nations.

Read the story here!

14 September 2016

We want to thank everyone who joined the WFUNA 70 Global Citizenship Challenge! Here are our favorite posts! Keep being amazing global citizens! 

2 September 2016

In our latest blog post,UNA-Bulgaria tells us about their most recent event "17 Steps" where students from all over the world came to Bulgaria to talk about the Sustainable Development Goals with Bulgarian youth. Check it out here: http://ow.ly/NWfl303QNje


18 August 2016

We're happy to announce that young leaders from United Nations Associations and United Nations Youth Associations from all around the world will come together for the 5th WFUNA Youth Seminar.

It will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 30 November-3 December, 2016 in partnership with the United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM): http://www.wfuna.org/youth-seminar-2016-kuala-lumpur

Stay tuned for updates!

13 August 2016

Did you miss our YAC Hangouts to celebrate International Youth Day?
Don't fret! You can still watch it here: https://youtu.be/HXYt0kyJDAA

Youth representatives from Malaysia, Mexico, Uganda and the WFUNA Youth Advisory Council shared how they are bringing the UN closer to young people around the world.

12 August 2016

In commemoration of International Youth Day, we're launching a call for nominations for the WFUNA Young Leader of 2016!

This year's theme will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 16. If you know a young person at your local United Nations Association or United Nations Youth Association working to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies, we invite you to nominate them: http://www.wfuna.org/wfuna-young-leader-of-the-year

8 August 2016

Come celebrate International Youth Day with us on August 12!

We will host a Google Hangout to showcase how the members of the WFUNA Youth Network are bringing the UN closer to young people around the world. Young representatives from different UNAs & UNYAs will talk about the work they are doing to promote the values enshrined in the UN Charter.

RSVP here: goo.gl/1tQwKz

3 August 2016

Join the WFUNA 70 Global Citizenship Challenge!

Pick an act of global citizenship that you are passionate about, or with the help of a list of suggestions organized by SDG: http://bit.ly/2aKFUsv.

2 August 2016

It's our 70th Anniversary and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent us a message! How cool is that?


29 July 2016

Our HR Youth Training at the UN Office of Geneva was a success! For entire week, young members from our Youth Network learned about the Human Rights System and prepared Human Rights based projects to implement back home!

Check out the photo album: http://ht.ly/QE4R302KyQM

25 July 2016

The day has arrived!

Our HR Youth training, "So, You Want to the Be the Next High Commissioner 2016"? kicked off today. During this week, young leaders from around the world will learn about Human Rights instruments and mechanisms to later implement a Human Rights project back home.

Stay tuned for updates!

22 July 2016

Is there is a price to human well-being and happiness? In our latest blog post, WFUNA Youth Advisory Council Representative for Asia, Hafidzi Razali, ponders this question: http://ht.ly/EkcZ3035f7G

15 July 2016

It's World Youth Skills Day! How will you celebrate?

12 July 2016

We have great news for you!

Welcome the newest member of our Youth Network, the Lithuanian United Nations Youth Association: http://www.wfuna.org/lithuanian-un-youth-association

27 June 2016

Applications are open for the most accurate and realistic simulation of the United Nations, WIMUN 2017!

More than 800 youth from around the globe will gather for the third edition of our flagship Model UN that will take place in New York from 1 to 4 February 2017.

Apply here: http://ht.ly/yFjZ301Gpue

21 June 2016

Join our team!

We're looking for proactive people with an interest in global affairs! Check out our internship program: http://www.wfuna.org/internship-vacancies-and-application-instructions

15 June 2016

Calling all Young Leaders! The United Nations is convening 17 of the world’s best change-makers to help achieve the Global Goals and you have a say in who they should be. Nominate the young leaders who are changing our world for the better at www.SDGYoungLeaders.org


6 June 2016

WFUNA Youth Advisory Council Representatives Erly Muñoz (Venezuela) and Mcleo Mapfumo (Zimbabwe) were recently in Istanbul, Turkey for the World Humanitarian Summit.

Check out this video to find out what happened: ht.ly/FG1e300U4Un

31 May 2016

Carina Lange, WFUNA Youth Delegate Programme Multiplier and German Youth Delegate to the 70th UN General Assembly was recently in Vietnam talking about the Youth Delegate Programme to the UN.

Read her story in our latest blog post: http://ht.ly/QG08300LEXc

26 May 2016

The UN Security Council Elections were a success!

Youth was also part of the conversation. Civil society organizations asked, on behalf of the UN Working Group on Youth and Peacebuiding, what ideas did member states have to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2250.

Check out the photo album for the Western European & Others Group: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxb6n7P

Here's the photo album for the Asia-Pacific Group: https://flic.kr/s/aHskzLyktb

23 May 2016

Kaja Primorac from UNA-Slovenia is the winner of the 2015 UNA Youth Human Rights projects with Big Hearts of a Small Nation.

Kaja chose to focus on strengthening awareness about Human Rights topics and reducing xenophobia among elementary schools. Learn more here: http://www.wfuna.org/news/so-you-want-to-be-the-next-high-commissioner-2015-results-and-follow-up

21 May 2016

Are you passionate about Human Rights? Applications for the 2016 edition of "So, You Want To Be The Next High Commissioner?" are now open!

From 25-29 July at UN Headquarters in Geneva, participants will become Human Rights champions by learning about human rights instruments and implementing mechanism: http://www.wfuna.org/so-you-want-to-be-the-next-high-commissioner-2016-0

17 May 2016

From talking about the SDGs at Bindura University in Zimbabwe to raising awareness of the Sri Lanka Youth Delegate Programme to the UN, the members of our Youth Network have been very active.

Learn more in our blog: https://tmblr.co/Zptbnw26Y2E7b

16 May 2016

WIMUN 2017 registration will launch at the end of TODAY! Less than a month ago, WIMUN journeyed abroad to host our inaugural regional conference in Agra, India with MUN Café. Now, the fun will return to NYC.

Visit our website for more information: www.wimun.org

11 May 2016

There had never been open debates for member states competing for non-permanent seats to the UN Security Council until now!

WFUNA is hosting open debates for candidates to the UN Security Council elections. You can participate by sending questions! Check out our website to learn how: http://www.wfuna.org/wfuna-security-council-election-initiative

10 May 2016

Did we tell you we were in Baku, Azerbaijan recently?

Mari Ullmann, WFUNA Sustainable Development Officer and a few representatives from our Youth Network were at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Youth Event.

Read the story on our website!

3 May 2016

Under the theme, "Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together", the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference will take place in the Republic of Korea from 30 May - 1 June 2016 and the organizers are inviting young people to attend. Learn how to register by visiting their website.

2 May 2016

WIMUN India might be over but the WIMUN fun will not stop here.

You can start preparing for WIMUN in NYC in February next year. Just like our FB page WFUNA International Model United Nations - WIMUN and follow the website for updates: www.wfuna.org/wimun

28 April 2016

WIMUN India kicked off today in Agra!

Meet the wonderful team making this experience a reality and don't forget to visit our website: www.wfuna.org/wimun

25 April 2016

WFUNA Sustainable Development Officer Mari Ullmann and WFUNA Youth Advisory Council Representative for South America Erly Muñoz are in Baku, Azerbaijan for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations 7th Global Forum Youth Event discussing why youth are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Follow our Twitter for updates: https://twitter.com/WFUNAYouthNet

18 April 2016

Do you want to know what are the members of the WFUNA Youth Network up to? In our latest blog post, VVN Youth tells us about the latest Model UN they organized for high school students in Antwerp, Belgium.

A sneak peek you say? It involves COP21: http://wfunayouth.tumblr.com/

14 April 2016


Last week, we had a fruitful meeting with Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri. As official supporters of HeForShe, she gave us pins that we will wear proudly!

Are you HeForShe? Make your commitment towards gender equality! http://www.heforshe.org/en

12 April 2016

Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

Before, that question was only reserved for the UN Security Council. For the first time in UN history, the candidates are known publicly. The Office of the President of the General Assembly convened informal talks with the candidates and we were there: http://www.wfuna.org/news/history-made-as-prospective-un-secretary-general-candidates-participate-in-open-hearings

11 April 2016

In our latest blog post, WFUNA Youth Network members United Netherlands tell us how they prepared for the last edition of Harvard National Model United Nations: http://wfunayouth.tumblr.com/

If you live in the Netherlands ‪and you are a devoted MUNer, make sure to visit their website: http://www.unitednetherlands.org

4 April 2016

We value and promote global citizenship education!

In partnership with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, we are enabling young people to become champions of change in ‪India through our program "Mission Possible". By empowering youth with skills such as project management, they learn to implement projects based on the ‪Global Goals ‎for Sustainable Development.

Check out the photo album here!

30 March 2016

UN Security Council Resolution 2250 was groundbreaking! Check out this toolkit created by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders explaining what it is and why it’s important for you: http://unoy.org/2250-toolkit/‎

21 March 2016

By the end of 2016, the United Nations will have a new Secretary-General and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS is asking people to submit questions to the candidates for the position. Our office decided to send a few questions to the UN Secretary-General candidates. Some were very good and some were...well! Check out the video!


14 March 2016


Mcleo Mapfumo, Youth President at Zimbabwe United Nations Association and WFUNA ‪Youth Advisory Council Representative, participated in our ‪HR Youth Training in Geneva in 2014.

In our latest blog post, he tells us how he is preparing for Zimbabwe's Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council later this year: http://ow.ly/ZUz9I

11 March 2016

Something very exciting happened today!

The first-ever CSW60 Youth Forum kicked off today prior to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women that will that will take place next week. We are proud supporters of this youth event!

8 March 2016

How did we celebrate International Women's Day?

We had a Q&A with female representatives from our Youth Advisory Council. Fahmida Faiza and Mignote Mesfin, WFUNA Youth Advisory Council Representatives, share their story on what inspired them to become women's rights activist.

Read more in our blog: http://wfunayouth.tumblr.com

7 March 2016

In our latest blog post, Msoi Torino Secretary Giulia Marzinotto, shares her experience as a former participant to EU Model Torino and tells us what makes this EU Model unique: http://wfunayouth.tumblr.com

EU MODEL Torino will take place from March 21-24. You can still register here: www.eumodeltorino.org

3 March 2016

The UN will choose its next Secretary-General in 2016. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS is facilitating the conversation between civil society and the UN SG candidates.

Learn how to submit your questions: http://www.unngls.world

23 February 2016

Meet Naushalya Rajapaksha, the newest member of the WFUNA Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers!

Naushalya, at 22 years of age, is one of the Sri Lankan Youth Delegates to the 70th UN General Assembly. She will help us in making sure that more young people are at the table in decision-making spaces at the UN.

Learn more about the group and its members other members: http://www.wfuna.org/wfuna-youth-delegate-programme-multipliers

19 February 2016

On the 55th year since the death of the UN's legendary second Secretary-General Mr Dag Hammarskjöld, the young members of the Uppsala United Nations Association aim to honour the memory of this great character, by inviting 40 young leaders from 40 different national UNAs to Sweden and the hometown of Mr. Hammarskjöld, “the City of Peace” and home to the oldest University in Scandinavia for the "Dag Hammarskjöld Youth Leader Training 2016".

Visit their website to learn how to apply: http://www.dhyouth.org/

12 February 2016

Youth Delegates to the UN are in NYC for the 54th Commission for Social Development (CSocD54).

As one of the official mechanisms for youth participation at the United Nations, youth delegates come with their national delegations to voice the aspirations and concerns of the youth of their respective countries.

If you want to establish the UN Youth Delegate Programme in your country, check out our handbook: http://www.wfuna.org/youthhandbook

3 February 2016

Under the theme "Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda", the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum took place in New York City on February 1-2, 2016. Government representatives and youth delegates from around the world discussed what approaches to take in order to implement the 2030 Agenda.

We were there! Check out the photo album!

1 February 2016

Register now for the closest experience to the actual workings of the United Nations, the first annual WFUNA International MUN India, taking place from April 28 - May 2, 2016.

Early registration open. Deadline to apply - February 20th. Register at www.wimun.org/india

25 January 2016

From 11-17 January 2016, our Winter Youth Camp: Korea Winter 2016 brought school students together to the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University to learn more about the UN System and how delegates build consensus at the General Assembly.

Here's the photo album!

14 January 2016

Our Training Program at the UN started this week!

High school or University students travel to the UN in NYC or Geneva to learn about its work, the Sustainable Development Goals or how to draft UN resolutions. Do you want to take this experience to your school or University? Learn more here: http://www.wfuna.org/atp

11 January 2016

WFUNA will turn 70 in 2016 and as the largest international movement working to support and strengthen the United Nations, WFUNA will support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Read our President's, Ambassador Park Soo Gil, message to all United Nations Associations around the world: http://www.wfuna.org/news/a-message-from-wfunas-president-for-2016 

6 January 2016

What do you know about the Sustainable Development Goals?

17 goals to transform our world were agreed by all member states at the UN. 2016 is the year when countries will start implementing them. Their success also depends on you!

Learn about your ‪#‎GlobalGoalswww.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

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