Youth Advisory Council

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 Youth Advisory Council

At the 2nd WFUNA Global Youth Forum, which was held in conjunction with the 41st WFUNA Plenary Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the WFUNA Youth Advisory Council representatives were elected by the youth delegates to serve a three-year term. WFUNA's Youth Advisory Council is comprised of 9 youth leaders from various regions around the world with the objective of advising the Secretary-General on youth issues, by brainstorming pragmatic, innovative, and cost-effective programs for WFUNA's local, regional, and global networks. The Youth Program Officer and the Youth Advisory Council are in charge of disseminating information about these programs to WFUNA's youth constituents.

You can get in touch with the representatives of the Youth Advisory Council by sending an email to

Youth Advisory Council Profiles


Linda Asaba - Uganda

Linda Asaba joined the United Nations Association of Uganda (UNAU) during her time at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in 2008. Because of her hard work and impressive track record, she was called to volunteer at the UNAU Secretariat in Kampala after the completion of her University program. Linda has been at the UNAU Secretariat since 2011. She has exhibited a high level of hard work determination, zeal and most importantly interest in the issues that UNAU focuses on.

Ms. Asaba has coordinated the school service program over the years. This is a program that looks at secondary schools in Uganda being able to participate in UNAU activities and also to extend the knowledge about UNAU and UN ideals. She has also coordinated several MUN conferences from 2011 to 2014. Linda is also Program Officer for UNAU. She has participated in several WFUNA trainings such as the "Human Rights Training: So, You Want to be the next Human Rights High Commissioner?" where she won the award for "Best Project Implemented" in 2013. She was also the National Coordinator for the "Freedom from Violence" project in 2014.

Linda likes traveling and meeting new people since she believes that it is possible to learn more from people more than from papers. She is active in several associations and coordinated well with the media. She has also done coordination activities for a number of organizations such as World Vision, Uganda Health Communication Alliance, Uganda Coalition on Nutrition among others. Outside her work and profession she enjoys traveling, watching documentaries and movies, mountain climbing and browsing the internet.

Mcleo Mapfumo - Zimbabwe

Mcleo Mapfumo has currently finished a course on Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response and is the Youth President of Zimbabwe United Nations Association, and also a Youth Representative in the UN Major Group for Children and Youth {UN MGCY} for Humanitarian Affairs. He was trained by the World Federation of United Nations Associations in 2014, in Human Rights and Project Management, where he then initiated a Universal Periodic Review for Zimbabwe and the role that Civil Society can play. Mcleo Mapfumo is part of the WFUNA Youth Network and also a representative to the UN DPI/NGO Cluster for Youth. He is a Human Rights Activist and the Post-2015 Development Agenda Youth Advocate.

Mcleo Mapfumo has been an active volunteer in Zimbabwe, which has seen him representing UNA-Zimbabwe, the WFUNA Youth Network and Zimbabwe in many platforms internationally including the Doha Youth Declaration on Reshaping the Humanitarian Framework (September 2015), Global Humanitarian Consultation in Geneva, Switzerland (October 2015). This passion has seen him trying to advocate for policy reformulation in Zimbabwe and how to mainstream these relevant issues.

Mcleo Mapfumo has fostered for a push to the Government of Zimbabwe for it to include the Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this in turn saw him representing the Youth in Zimbabwe in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 3rd Conference on Financing for Development.


Hafidzi Razali - Malaysia

Hafidzi Razali, 23, is a final-year law student from the International Islamic University Malaysia. He was formerly Malaysia's Youth Ambassador to the United States of America in 2010 under the prestigious Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Scholarship of the State Department of United States. More recently, Hafidzi had also served the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the UN in New York City as an intern for brief roles in the Security Council and the High-Level Political Forum in ECOSOC.

Hafidzi has been at forefront of various student-led activities locally and internationally prior to joining United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) in 2012. Hafidzi's activism over the years included matters on human rights, social entrepreneurship, education equality, youth empowerment, as well as youth diplomacy. His various commitments in activism had led him to being recognised by Ashoka Foundation to attend a fully-sponsored intensive social entrepreneurship workshop under the "Changemaker" initiative in Virginia, USA in 2013.

He had also recently launched 20 new UNAM Youth Chapters nationwide in the organisation's aspiration to encourage more inclusivity and participation from the youths to volunteer and initiate changes on the ground. This was in addition to the first National Leadership Symposium by UNAM--one which Hafidzi had led --in exposing 300 students on multi-disciplinary areas of leadership to encourage the promotion ideas with social impact. 15 participants were selected to implement their ideas with seed money from UNAM.

Aside of being the Deputy President of United Nations Association of Malaysia (Youth), Hafidzi was involved in the recent Global Youth Consultation for Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals in Doha as a Malaysian youth representative.

In his capacity as a member of the law faculty, Hafidzi had also led a symbolic blue-ribbon's protest by law students against the arbitrary use of Seditions Act against public dissidents.

Fahmida Faiza - Bangladesh

Fahmida Faiza is a promising youth leader from UNA Bangladesh committed to echo the voice of youth of Asia. This is the very first time UNAB nominated someone to the WFUNA Youth Advisory Council and Faiza believes she is ready to commit herself to the fullest. Currently, a final year law student under University of London International Programs, she finds interest in human rights, advocacy, policy analysis, global peace, security & justice.

Faiza is a MUN veteran with vast experience starting from chairing at Oxford, receiving training at UN Headquarters, facilitating as trainer to leading own conferences. She has contributed to establish the first International Model UN program of Nepal & Afghanistan as Advisor. Through her action she has increased & inspired engagement of youth across Asia, therefore was appointed by WFUNA to serve as Ambassador for Asia at WIMUN2015. She’s also working in the UN Youth Newsletter Editorial Panel of Bangladesh directed by the UN Country Team. She writes for the Dhaka Tribune, served for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Asia region & has first hand experience in fundraising, project implementation & global outreach. She’s strongly convinced that youths in Asia have a lot to contribute and all they need is a platform to share their ideas.

While working with UNA Bangladesh & observing UNAs around, Faiza envisions a stronger bondage of UNAs across the world establishing sustainable a youth framework. She hopes to engage the youth sections of UN Associations from Asia to a greater extent. Her vision is to establish a collaborative and inclusive youth society across Asia through WFUNA, which can foster greater youth interaction & better representation offering various youth opportunities, enabling contribution & exchanging ideas. Therefore to achieve these and spread the vision of WFUNA across billions of youths in Asia, Faiza is aspired to take the responsibility.


Edoardo Morgante - Italy

Edoardo is an Italian and European citizen, currently living in Rome. He has been a member of UNYA-Italy since 2007 and he became a member of UNA-Italy in 2014. In a total of 8 years, he participated in and promoted many projects such as Model UN, UN workshops, simulation games, study trips, conferences, information desks and open days.

He served as National Coordinator of UNYA-Italy and Secretary of the Rome hub. He was also Project Coordinator and Secretary-General of ROMUN2012. For UNA-Italy, he contributed to the organisation of the Women in Diplomacy School, a Human Rights and International Politics interactive course which saw the participation of 20 bright young women coming from the MENA region.

As for his involvement with WFUNA, in 2012 he participated in the well known WFUNA Human Rights Training in Geneva. In 2014, he had the pleasure to act as a Trainer at the WFUNA Youth Forum in Seoul. Soon after he got involved with the organisation of the first WFUNA International Model United Nations as Project Coordinator for UNA-Italy. Recently he had the pleasure to serve as Scientific Coordinator and Secretary-General of ‘ROMU2015 - the Rome Official Model United Nations’. ROMUN2015 took place in October in Rome, at the FAO Headquarters and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Participants focused on the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The final outcome has been the adoption of the ROMUN2015 Youth Roadmap, to be delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon.

He strongly believes that youth empowerment and youth involvement should be one of the primary goals of WFUNA and he is eager to commit himself to the cause by bringing his experience, his passion and his enthusiasm to the current and upcoming WFUNA youth projects.

Mignote M. Nielsen - Denmark

Mignote is the Founder and Chairwoman of UNYA Denmark. A proud Third Culture Kid who grew up in the UN system (her parents worked in the UNWFP) she has lived in 15 different countries, travelled to 30 more and speaks 6 different languages. She holds a BSc in International Development and is working on an MSc in Digital Innovation and Management.

Throughout her life she has always engaged in international issues. In 2011 she moved back to Copenhagen and founded The Copenhagen International Volunteer Club, which now has more than 500 members. Similarly, she worked in Crossing Borders organizing workshops on the MDGs for Danish high school students. In 2012 she joined DanMUN as an organizer and in two short years moved up the ranks to board member. Through her time there she got involved with the UNA and was inspired to create an UNYA in Denmark.

Today, UNYA Denmark boasts an active volunteer base that has, amongst others, re-instituted the Youth Delegate Program, held the first ever UN Case Competition with the UNFPA, and launched #UNYACHAT. It has set itself apart as an empowering platform where youth can co-create projects that engage with UN issues in innovative and meaningful ways.

But Mignote is not just your average UN geek - she is also a technophile. Her master’s focuses on entrepreneurship and IT, she is the COO at the Nordic Startup Awards, a Communications Assistant at the Danish Refugee Council and she has even consulted on a few tech startups. She is fascinated by the cross over between business, innovation and global issues and she often draws from these different worlds in her UNYA projects. She hopes to take this experience to the YAC and develop innovative projects that engage even more youth in WFUNA.

North America

RJ Johnson - USA

RJ Johnson has been a member of and has worked with UNA-USA since 2002. He has worked with UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Program rising over the years from administrative assistant to Deputy Secretary-General, the 2nd highest post in the program. He currently serves on the UNA-USA Council of Chapters & Regions Steering Committee as one of four elected National Region Representatives as a Young Professional. In that capacity, he works with members at-large nationally. He is Co-Chair of the UNA-USA Youth Engagement Committee and member of the Nominating Committee.

RJ has served as a trainer and facilitator for several leadership programs for middle school, high school and college students. He is an active Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate representing abused and neglected children in the court system. Some of his activities include volunteer work with organizations such as Circle K International, the collegiate arm of Kiwanis International, where he served on the International Board of Trustees for 2 years as an International Trustee and International Representative, the 1st and only person to ever elected to serve in both positions in the organization's 50+ year history. The position entailed serving as board liaison and counselor to the
Utah-Idaho, Montana, Eastern Canada, Kansas, Nebraska-Iowa, Missouri-Arkansas, Texas-Oklahoma, and Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee Districts and the non-districted clubs in 17 countries on 4 continents worldwide. As an International Board member, he served on the International Committee on Membership Development & Benefits and as Chairman of the International Committee on Service.

RJ is an officer within Young Democrats of America and has held numerous positions within the organization currently serving as South-Central Region Director.

RJ is a true advocate of the youth movement worldwide and his passion is youth advocacy and civic engagement.

Monica Licea - Mexico

Monica Licea joined UNA-Mexico in 2014 as the organization’s lawyer. In the UNAs educationally focused program, she ensures that the organization is fulfilling their legal requirements so it can positively impact the highest number of beneficiaries. Monica is passionate about human and children’s rights, and prior to joining UNA-Mexico she worked for the Mexico City Penitentiary System as a human rights lawyer. In this role she helped defend the rights of persons deprived of liberties who were either incarcerated or who were in due process.

She is very interested in the promotion of human capital and social development and has also worked as an independent consultant for FUNDES SC, a joint collaboration between the Spanish Government and a private Mexican Association to improve the working conditions and training of day laborers in Mexico City. She is determined to continue working towards ensuring the human rights of all citizens and promoting the newly updated UN Sustainable Development Goals.

South America

Erly Muñoz - Venezuela

Erly Muñoz joined UNA-Venezuela in 2010 after she co-founded its Youth Chapter and worked as Communications Officer to help strengthen relations with its international representative, WFUNA. She was appointed Fundraising Activities Coordinator of ANUV Youth and later worked as the Coordinator of the Responsibility to Protect project carried out by ANUV in partnership with WFUNA.

In 2013, she worked first as Project Leader of the United Nations Association of Mexico (AMNU) and later as part of the strategic alliances and partnerships team. In 2014, she worked as National Project Coordinator of WFUNA's Freedom From Violence program in Venezuela.

She has been heavily involved in fostering leadership, participation and activism among youth in Latin America with a focus in peace, security and humanitarian action. Currently, Erly works as Education Consultant for WFUNA by coordinating its Mission Possible program in Venezuela. She holds a degree in Modern Languages with a focus in Translation from the University of the Andes in Venezuela.

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