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 that 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 email@example.com
WFUNA Junior Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers
Alexandra Mircheva - Bulgaria
Alexandra is 23 years old. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and currently pursues Master’s in International Project Management. In the past 8 years Alexandra is actively involved in youth work and youth NGOs – from a grass-roots youth activist to a national advocate for youth rights. She was a Board Member of the National youth council in Bulgaria for two mandates and currently is its Vice-president, representing more than 110 000 young people and 41 youth organisations in the development of evidence-based youth policies on national and local level. She is a passionate youth trainer on local, national and European level empowering young people, youth leaders and youth workers to build capacity for participation in decision-making processes and create positive social change in their communities.
Iva is 25 years old. She is the Founder of Berlle Creative Studio and Co-Founder of the social advertising agency Lemur. Iva is a senior student at the University of National and World Economy in the European studies major. During 2015 she has participated in the Summer Entrepreneurship program run by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. Iva has experience in teaching English to Syrian refugees at the Voenna Rampa camp. She was Vice President of the international organization AIESEC and currently she is an active member of the Association of the Bulgarian leaders and entrepreneurs. Iva has recently been awarded for The Outstanding Young Persons in Bulgaria for 2016 in the Humanitarian and Volunteerism Leadership.
I was one of the two German UN Youth Delegates of 2016/ 2017 and attended the 71st Session of the General Assembly as well as the 55th Session of the CSocD.I have a deep passion for gender and environmental issues as well as the equal representation of young people in politics and society.
Before my mandate as a Youth Delegate I served two years as the chair of the federal board, one year as a board member of the Youth Association for the Protection of Nature (NAJU) - Germany’s biggest environmental youth - focusing on international affairs and communications. Additionally I was the spokesperson of my study course Public Management (which I finished in October 2016) and was a Youth Ambassador for ONE - a Lobby- and Campaigning Organization against extreme poverty - back in 2012.
I worked as a student assistant for the extracurricular studies at the Berlin School for Economics and Law, interned at “KOK” - the German NGO network against trafficking in human beings, an investigative broadcast at “hr” - hessian broadcast and at “Der Paritaetische” - one of the biggest German welfare organizations - in the department of work, society and Europe.
Currently, I’m working as a political consultant on different public sector-projects. I’m an active founding member of “Unsere Zeit” (our time) - an open network of young people who want to strengthen young voices in public and political debates and I am part of the working group on Gender equality at the German UNA.
Raised in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a rural area in Eastern Germany, Eric spent an exchange-year in Brazil. After high school he served a year in a social volunteer program, in which he gained experience with socio-cultural affairs in the blu:books Berlin. He is studying the bachelor of Individual studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg, specializing in human resource, psychology, ethics and engineering. Beside his studies, Eric leads the Power On initiative, in which he organizes camps for kids in order to empower them and fight against racism and resignation in his region. His mission as the German Youth Delegate to the United Nations can be described as a commitment against egoism and for a hopeful and active society for the ideas and creativity of young people.
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.
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 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
Carina Lange - Germany
I have a passion for international youth work! Growing up in rural North Germany, I discovered my predisposition to community activities very early. As a member of the Young European Federalists (JEF), a youth movement fighting for a unified Europe, I got in touch with the international level of youth policy when starting my studies. Working at the global level now is an honor for me and I love to discover that very special field of politics and its very inspiring personalities. I am convinced that young people in countries without youth delegates deserve a voice at the UN too and I hope to be able to give some push in that direction. Also and most foremost, because I believe that Youth Delegate Programs are a way to foster sustainable youth participation at a national level. They are a mean to unite forces and to make our voices heard.
I just finished my French-German double diploma in “International and European Governance” at the University of Muenster and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lille. I love (very) hot coffee and enjoy traveling and spending time with my friends – preferably with music, picnic and sun!
Alexander Kauschanski - Germany
My name is Alexander Kauschanski. I was born in the Ukraine, grew up in Aachen and finally came ashore to Leipzig, where I apply myself to study political science. During my time at school, I always gravitated towards foreign countries. I spent a year at an US-American high-school, in London I reported on the Paralympics. After my graduation I joined “kulturweit” to do a voluntary service. Throughout that year, I helped out at the “Goethe-Institut” and taught German at a Peruvian public school.
For a long time I am putting myself out for more youth participation in politics. As a journalist I wrote about the means to become involved in one’s community. During a democracy project I carried on the desires and demands of young people to politicians throughout North-Rhine-Westphalia. Today I am involved in a refugee center. There I organize intercultural reunions for young and old fellow humans.
Politics not only means government or parliament and “those up there”, but it’s a “here” and “now”, it’s on our streets, in our houses, in our hearts. Our world is never going to be finished. As the young generation we are responsible to not only dream our visions, but to live up to them. I am looking forward to many visionary encounters!
Former WFUNA Youth Delegate Programme Multipliers
Jilt van Schayik - The Netherlands
Florian Nowack - Germany
Adhil Bakeer Markar - Sri Lanka
Tornike Zurabashbili - Georgia
Milena Andreeva - Bulgaria
Cosmin Chiriță - Romania
Ozan Solmus - Germany
Celina Greppler - Germany
Eliza Chirilă - Romania
Viktoriya Luchka - Ukraine
Viktoriia Shvydchenko - Ukraine
Lasha Shakulashvili - Georgia
Chapa Perera - Sri Lanka
Peter Madlenov - Bulgaria
Elise Zerrath - Germany
Luca Ciubotaru - Romania
Anina Yovkova - Bulgaria
Dimitar Dimitrov - Bulgaria
Montserrat Pérez - Mexico
Regina Arauz - Mexico
Weronika Szwajda - Poland
Naushalya Rajaphaksa - Sri Lanka
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