WFUNA Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers

The WFUNA Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers have the mission of significantly increasing youth participation at the United Nations.

Youth at the UN: National Youth Delegate Programme to the United Nations

 In 1995, member states of the United Nations agreed to increase youth participation at the international level with the adoption of the World Programme of Action for Youth (A/Res/50/81). One of the sections of this document invites member states to send youth representatives with their delegations to the General Assembly, hence including youth in decision making-processes. 

Although this commitment has been reinforced through several consequent General Assembly resolutions, out of 193 member states less than 30 member states have a Youth Delegate Programme in place. Aligned with our ultimate goal of significantly increasing youth participation at the United Nations, we partnered with former and current UN youth delegates to launch the WFUNA Youth Delegates Programme Multipliers.

The main objectives of the WFUNA Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers are:

  • To increase youth participation in decision-making processes at the UN by multiplying the Youth Delegate Programme around the world.
  • To raise awareness on the Youth Delegate Programme at all levels.
  • To mentor youth who wish to establish a Youth Delegate Programme in their countries.

If you wish you to establish a Youth Delegate Programme in your country, send us an e-mail at youth@wfuna.org


WFUNA Junior Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers

Ralitsa Dikanska - Bulgaria

Ralitsa is 23 years old and is a fifth-year student at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia pursuing Masters in Architecture. She works at the family-owned company "Dikanski and Partners". She's also a PTC translator at the American College in Sofia. Long-term tennis athlete and self-employed coach, she affirms that sports' values - responsibility, discipline, perseverance, are the core to who she is. Furthermore, she actively participates in Rotary International Youth Program - Rotaract, for 5 years already. She became part of the Club's Board in her first year in the organization and was the 2016/2017 Assistant District Rotaract Representative to Rotaract Bulgaria.


Assya Pandzharova - Bulgaria

Assya is 22 years old. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Semitic studies from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She has been actively contributing in several non-governmental organizations – first as a volunteer and later on as a youth coordinator and trainer, while working on different projects focused on human rights, public health and integration of vulnerable groups. She is interested in human rights, cross-cultural communication and lifelong learning.

 


Giuseppina De Marco - Italy

Giuseppina De Marco, aged 23, is one of the first United Nations Youth Delegates from Italy. Giuseppina is a law student at the University of Bologna and in 2015 she took part in the Erasmus+ studying at KU Leuven University. She is very interested in international law, international organizations and youth empowerment. She has always been involved in her local community, where she has served as member of her local youth council, and an active volunteer.

As a university student, Giuseppina founded the student-led AlmaMUN Society to promote UN values and initiatives within the student community. In 2016, Giuseppina served as Secretary-General at the first convening of AlmaMUN.

Recently, Giuseppina interned at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law, she took part in an international study group to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and participated in the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum on sustainable development.


Tommaso Murè - Italy

Tommaso Murè is one of two United Nations Youth Delegates from Italy. He studies international relations at the University of Roma Tre and he is currently undertaking one year at L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Tommaso has been involved in youth engagement since high-school and was elected as Delegate to the Provincial Council of Rome in 2011.

During that time, he developed a strong interest in international issues which led him to take part in several cultural exchanges and study abroad programs in Ireland, Spain, France and Germany; where he spent a semester in Berlin as an Erasmus student at Freie Unviersität researching  Globalization.

Tommaso is a member of the UN Youth Association of Italy (MSOI Roma) and has served on its board since October 2016. In November 2016, he and his team won the #Zerohackathon, the first hackathon on sustainability, held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Headquarters.


Anaïck Geißel - Germany

Anaïck Geißel, aged 23, is one of the two German Youth Delegates to the United Nations. She attended the 72nd session of the General Assembly and the 56th session of the Commission on Social Development. She currently studies German, Politics and Economics at the University of Stuttgart and plans to become a teacher. She is very committed to political education and has organized many Model UN Conferences in order to spread the work and values of the United Nations to German youth. As a member of Model United Nations of Germany, she participated at the Commission on the Status of Women in 2015 and the Commission on Social Development in 2016, lobbying for the interests of young people. In her hometown, Anaïck is the leader of JUSOS, the youth organization of the social democratic party, and works on empowering young people to participate politically.


Elian Yahye - The Netherlands

Elian Yahye, aged 18, is one of two United Nations Youth Delegates from The Netherlands to the Fifty-Fifth Session of the Commission for Social Development. Elian is currently in his second year of International Relations and Organizations at Leiden University. He has been engaged in a diverse range of activities, from being part of the Advisory Board of his high school and writing for political news sites to being the editor in chief of an award-winning student magazine and being active in multiple student associations. He is committed to bringing people from diverse backgrounds together and building bridges between groups that seem far apart. He sought to put these ideals into practice in the context of the United Nations, and in Octber 2016 he won a public campaign to become a Youth Representative from the Netherlands, following an extensive application procedure. The implementation of the SDGs by youth will be his general focus, but he will pay special attention to achieving these goals in such a way that the most vulnerable groups in society will also benefit from them and that they are actively being involved in the process. These groups include ethnic minorities, victims of persecution and people with disabilities, among others. Elian believes that problem-solving must be inclusive, so we will truly leave no-one behind.


Mohamed Ghedira - Tunisia

Mohamed Ghedira is a young medical student, born and raised in Tunisia, who has grown to become a young civil society leader. He is actually the first Tunisian United Nations Youth Delegate and participated actively in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and also in the 6th edition of the ECOSOC Youth Forum.

He is the youngest member of the prestigious Tunisian United Nations Association and he was president of the Tunisian International Model United Nations (TIMUN) and as part of both of these associations he organized in 2015 the largest Model of the United Nations in North Africa.

He also organizes many conferences on International Health, AIDS and related subjects. Actively engaged in the Tunisian post-revolution civil society, he wrote many articles in both Best Delegate, as Media Chair for North Africa, and the Huffington Post, promoting the UN values and the power of youth, since he strongly believes that today’s youth can and should be heard in order to become today’s leaders.

In 2016, the Tunisian United Nations Youth Advisory Panel was created, in which Mohamed Ghedira occupies a central spot as a consultant for the United Nations System in Tunisia. In the continuity of his engagement, he strongly believes that WFUNA can hold a major role in the empowerment of youth and the diffusion of their ideas.

 

WFUNA Senior Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers

Sahar Afzal - The Netherlands

Sahar Afzal is the Youth Delegate from The Netherlands to the United Nations. She is a student at Amsterdam University College where she studies International Law and International Relations. The last couple of years Sahar has been involved in many NGO’s and organisations. She has worked as an Anne Frank ambassador around the world to spread Anne Frank ideals through international conferences and exhibitions. She is also a member of the European Youth parliament organising and charring sessions. In October 2015 she was chosen after many rounds with a public campaign at the end as the new Dutch United Nations Youth Representative. Sahar has worked on policies and (youth) resolutions already like the 54th Commission on Social Development where she also gave a statement on behalf of the Netherlands and the 14th United Nations Trade and Development Conference in Nairobi last July. In The Netherlands she mostly works on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by youth. She believes that young people are the key factor in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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