WFUNA Young Leader of the Year

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.


WFUNA Young Leader of 2016

Bernard Bebe of UNA-Zimbabwe has been selected as the WFUNA Young Leader of 2016 due to his outstanding work on UN Sustainable Development Goal 16. Bernard was selected after a rigorous process supported by an evaluating committee composed of three members of the WFUNA Youth Advisory Council in addition to WFUNA Secretariat Staff.

The top three nominees were interviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the development of the nominating UNA
  • Leadership qualities
  • Overall work on Peace and Security issues
  • Strong understanding of elements contained in UN Sustainable Development Goal 16

Bernard has been engaged and active in field of peace from the year 2013 when he joined UNA- Zimbabwe whilst he was a second-year student at Bindura University of Science Education. He is in the National Team responsible for organizing Peace Day in Zimbabwe thorugh a coalition of peace activists from both Civil Society and Government.

Currently, he is working to proactively counter religious conflicts through a program called Religious Tolerance in which he is working mostly with different religious groups in Zimbabwe to cultivate a culture of peace. He works mostly with youths from high schools and universities. He is also active in ending gender based violence against women and girls is also a trained human rights activist who has a keen interest in promoting women rights.

We want to congratulate Bernard for his achievements and look forward to working with him in the following year!

WFUNA Young Leader of the Year

WFUNA supports and encourages youth engagement and participation in the United Nations Associations and United Nations Youth Associations around the world through the WFUNA Youth Network. With this initiative, we want to highlight the contributions of thousands of young people to our organization and share their achievements with a wider audience. In commemoration of International Youth Day 2016, we will launch a yearly feature, the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year.

How does it work?

Every year, WFUNA sets a theme and calls for nominations for young people from the WFUNA Youth Network working within that theme. From the nominations, the WFUNA Secretary-General and WFUNA Youth Advisory Council select three young leaders to be interviewed. After each nominee is interviewed, a final candidate will be selected as the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year. 

Who is an ideal WFUNA Young Leader of the Year?

A WFUNA Young Leader of the Year has to be able to inspire other youth looking to get involved in global issues. An ideal candidate shows:

  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Grassroots work on the theme of the year
  • Integrity and commitment towards improving the lives of others

In addition, the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year is:

  • Between 15-29 years old
  • A member of a United Nations Association or United Nations Youth Association

What is this year's theme?

The WFUNA Young Leader of 2016 will be focused on Sustainable Development Goal 16 aimed at promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies. We encourage nominations of young people working to:

  • Reduce all forms of violence
  • End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
  • Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • Reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms

What will I do as WFUNA Young Leader of the Year?

Apart from being able to state proudly that you have been selected as WFUNA Young Leader of 2016, you will:

  • Support WFUNA's work in the UN Working Group on Youth & Peacebuilding
  • Participate in WFUNA’s awareness raising campaigns and advocacy efforts 
  • Possibility of engaging in panel discussions, workshops, training sessions facilitated by WFUNA on the implementation of Goal 16
  • Free participation in WFUNA’s programs, such as the Human Rights Youth Training in Geneva, WIMUN 2017, etc.


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