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 40 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

Fiorella Spizzuoco - Italy

Fiorella is one of the two Italian Youth Delegate to the United Nations. She holds a master’s degree in International Studies from University of Naples L’Orientale and she also has a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures. She can speak English, French and German besides her native Italian. Fiorella has always participated in the life of her local community and her university: she was student’s representative for the year 2016 within her master’s class and has taken part in many activities in support of local animals’ rights associations. She is particularly passionate about International Law and Human Rights, Conflict Studies and Sustainable Development. She believes in the importance of Education and youth participation in the work of national and international Institutions, as well as in peacebuilding processes on a global scale. Within her role as Youth Delegate of Italy, she wishes for a stronger commitment of Italian youth in the world of the United Nations, and she hopes her country becomes an example for neighboring countries to establish the Youth Delegate Programme.


Pietro Fochi - Italy

Pietro is one of the two Youth Delegate of Italy to the United Nations. Enthusiast world citizen, Pietro is both social entrepreneur and student at the School of Law of the University of Bologna. With a strong sense of belonging to the global community, he has taken a variety of international experiences as participant and organizer. In the past years he has worked with public and private sector, spreading the culture of International Organizations and the value of dialogue among People. He firmly believes that Change toward a more equitable and sustainable world shall begin from young people, and that their creative power should be the vehicle for the concrete implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. As Youth Delegate of Italy, he commits to build opportunities and to create and strengthen bridges connecting youth and Institutions. In his role of YDP Multiplier, he commits to support the establishment of the Programme in neighboring Countries to increase effective and inclusive youth participation to decision and policy making processes at the highest levels.


Lukas G. Schlapp - Germany

Lukas G. Schlapp is one of two German Youth Delegates to the UN General Assembly for the year 2018. He is enrolled as a student at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt (Main) majoring in art history and political science. In 2012/13 Lukas was an exchange student in the United States of America for one year. In 2015/16, he was a volunteer in a cultural sports project for 12 months in South India. All together, Lukas lived in Brazil, India and the U.S. for about 3,5 years. Following his year in India, he did a cultural voluntary year at the Städel Museum, the most renowned museum foundation in Germany. Lukas is an active member of the social democratic party, worked as a supervisor in language camps for young people and is member in the association “Auroville International Germany”, which wants to promote the future-oriented project and city Auroville. During his time in school and his cultural voluntary year, he was already actively involved in several representational tasks. Therefore, he is looking forward to represent the German youth at the United Nations.


Antonia Kuhn - Germany

Antonia Kuhn is one of two German Youth Delegates to the UN General Assembly for the year 2018. She is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg in Germany, where she studies law and European law with a focus on international human rights protection. She has lived, worked and studied in Finland, Sweden, Brazil and Mexico for 3 years altogether and speaks German, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, as well as basic French and Swedish. Next to her studies, Antonia is actively involved in international youth work via Rotex, representing the Green Party’s campus group in her university’s student parliament and advocating for human rights with Amnesty International, where she currently also serves as head of her campus group. Antonia is strongly convinced that good solutions can only be found when all stakeholders are involved in the decision-making process, including stakeholders from all regions of the world. Therefore, Antonia is very happy to serve as a Youth Delegate Program Multiplier with WFUNA with the goal to increase the geographical representation of Youth Delegates to the United Nations.


 


WFUNA Senior 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.

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