UN Youth Delegate Programme

Secretary General Antonio Guterres group photo with the Youth Delegates attending the 74th Session of the General Assembly.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), serves as the focal point for the UN’s work on youth. Within the Department, the Division for Inclusive Social Development, Programme on Youth Unit, coordinates the UN Youth Delegate Programme at the global level. Participation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council. It is the responsibility of Member States to establish a youth delegate programme at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country at the United Nations.

The roles of a youth delegate varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participation in their delegation’s work, such as through attending meetings and informal negotiations.

Youth delegates can participate in several intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations. Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.


The United Nations Guide to the Youth Delegate Programme

UN Youth Delegates Programme

This guide has been developed as a resource for Member States to provide information about the inclusion of youth in their delegations and offers ideas for those with existing youth delegate programmes on how to potentially strengthen them. It includes sections on establishing a programme, suggestions for possible roles of youth delegates and practicalities to be considered.

Guide to Youth Delegates to the United Nations (2nd Edition - 2020): English


How to become a Youth Delegate

Youth Delegates

Some countries have existing programmes to select youth delegates. You can inquire about whether or not your country has an established programme by contacting your respective Member State government body that may run such a programme: your Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Youth Council, or United Nations Associations wfuna.org/una-directory . If your country does not have a programme in place to select a youth delegate, your task will be two-fold:

• First, you have to persuade your country on the importance of having a youth representative in its delegation to the UN General Assembly. • And secondly, once they have established the position, the body overseeing the progamme will have to initiate a selection process.


Some steps you may consider include

  • Determine whether or not your country currently has a youth delegate programme. If it does, inquire about how the application process works.
  • If your country does not currently have a youth delegate programme, you will have to lobby to have one created. This can be done most effectively by working in cooperation with existing youth organizations in your country.
  • Sometimes the process may work very quickly, and sometimes it may take a greater effort to have youth delegates become part of government policy.
  • Review The United Nations Guide to the Youth Delegate Programme. It can also be used as a helpful tool to share with your Member State to establish a programme.
  • Write to your Minister of Foreign Affairs (or equivalent), outline the merits of youth delegates, and offer to meet to discuss it further.
  • Contact the Minister for Youth (or equivalent), senior public servants, the Ambassador to the UN, or even the Head of State.
  • You might also try to get letters of endorsement from all of the above, plus key civil society leaders, national and international.

After the proposal has been accepted, and a nomination and selection procedure established, the next step would be to apply for the position.


Country Profiles Included in the UN Guide to the Youth Delegate Programme

Australia Belgium Mexico Netherlands Norway Sri Lanka Republic of Korea Thailand Ukraine United Arab Emirates United States of America


Secretary General Antonio Guterres group photo with the Youth Delegates attending the 74th Session of the General Assembly.

UN Conferences

Youth delegates can participate in any intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations. Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly and attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council but increasing official youth delegates have also participated in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Human Rights Council and others.

Youth Delegates to the General Assembly

The Third Committee, the arm of the General Assembly that deliberates on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues. Matters that pertain specifically to youth currently fall under the agenda item called “Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, persons with disabilities and the family”. Generally, this agenda item is considered in the Third Committee of the General Assembly during the month of October, however, this is subject to change based on the annual programmes of work adopted by Member States. The agenda of the General Assembly, including that of its Third Committee, is usually available in late summer at: www.un.org/ga.

Youth Delegates to the Commission for Social Development (CSocD)

The Commission for Social Development is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The body is in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development and meets annually in February for one and a half weeks. It covers key social development themes such as poverty, employment and social integration and the issue of youth falls within the latter.

A youth resolution is traditionally adopted every two years. Typically youth delegates that have been selected for the General Assembly also participate in the Commission for Social Development, since the work of the two bodies is closely interlinked.

The agenda of the Commission for Social Development, is available.

Youth Delegates to High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. The Forum adopts intergovernmental negotiated political declarations and meets annually under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (for eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment) and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly (for two days). The Forum’s first meeting was held on 24 September 2013 and it replaced the Commission on Sustainable Development, which had met annually since 1993.

As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven” (paragraph 79). These Voluntary National Reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the HLPF. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and shall provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders. Increasingly, youth delegates participate in their country’s 2030 Agenda follow-up and review processes at the national level ahead of the Forum, and some are invited to present part of their country’s Voluntary National Review to the Forum.


For any questions related to the Youth Delegate Programme, please contact our team at youth@un.org.

 
Meet the 2022 UN Youth Delegates to the General Assembly

Albania:

Ms. Ania Sauku

Mr. Diogjen Kolici

 

Australia:

Ms. Angelica Ojinnaka

 

Austria:

Ms. Miriam Egger

Mr.  Marvin Huber

 

Belgium:

Ms. Mathilde Chignesse

Ms. Maïté Coppens

 

Chad :

Mr. Silim Mahamat  

Ms. Nadjia Ahmad  

Mr. Brahim Ramadan 

Ms. Chantal Kemndigue

 

Czechia:

Mr. Krystof Stupka

Mr. Pavel Linzer

 

Estonia:

Ms. Linda Luts

 

European Union:

Ms. Nadia Gullestrup Christensen

Ms. Lucija Karnelutti

 

Finland:

Ms. Katri Leppalaakso

Mr. Hung Ly

 

Germany:

Mr. Franz Wacker

Ms. Johanna Lichtschlag

 

Hungary:

Mr. Domokos Péter Kovács

 

Ireland:

Mr. David Giles

Ms. Jessica Gill

 

Israel:

Ms. Talya Porre

Ms. Maya Fadlon

 

Italy:

Ms. Giulia Tariello

Mr. Gabriele Colella

 

Kiribati:

Ms. Tiareti Lateru

 

Lithuania:        

Mr. Klaudijus Melys

 

Luxembourg:   

Ms. Lara Bertemes 

Ms. Iness Chakir

 

Malta:

Mr.  Matthew Micallef St John

Ms. Emma De Gabriele

 

Mexico:

Ms. Cynthia Michelle Barney Alvarado

Ms. Estefanía Fonseca Valderrábano

Ms. Andressia Ramirez

 

Netherlands:

Ms. Manal Moussane

 

North Macedonia:        

Mr. Petar Barlakovski

 

Peru:

Ms. Alicia Maldonado

Mr. David Martinez

 

Poland:

Ms. Marcelina   Kozubek

Mr. Maciej Kudra-Bartkowiak

Mr. Michał Adamczuk

 

Portugal:         

Mr.  Rui Oliveira

 

Romania:

Ms. Dumitrița Rogojînaru

Mr. Gabriel Zvîncă

 

Serbia:

Ms. Tamara Stojković

Mr. Ivan Filip Kovačević

 

Slovenia:

Mr.  Žiga Ciglarič

 

Sweden:

Ms. Yasmine Djelloul

Mr. Oscar Molander

 

Thailand          

Ms. Kornkanok  Sanabud  

Ms. Pinda Viriyapongsri

 

Ukraine:

Ms. Alina Kurska

Mr. Denys Ganzha

 

United Arab Emirates:              

Ms. Fuzeya Yaqoob Ahmad

Mr. Abdelqader Ahmed             Alsaqqaf

Meet the UN Youth Delegates to CSocD61

Austria:

Ms. Miriam Egger

Mr. Marvin Huber

 

Albania:

Ms. Maseia Delija

 

Bulgaria:

Ms. Victoria Savova

Ms. Tsvetelina Garelova

 

Colombia:

Mr.  Daniel Cruz

 

Czechia:           

Mr. Kryštof Stupka

Ms. Pavel Linzer

 

Finland:

Mr. Hung Ly

Mr. Hugo Paananen

 

France:

Mr. Thibaud Schlesinger

 

Georgia:

Mr. Daviti Esatia

 

Germany:

Ms.  Johanna Lichtschlag

 

Guinea:

Ms. Binta Doumbouya

Mr. Souleymane Sakho

Ms. Kadiatou Konate

 

Hungary:

Ms. Csenge Offenbächer

 

Ireland:

Ms. Jessica Gill

Mr. David Giles

 

Italy:    

Ms. Julia Tariello

Mr. Gabriele Colella

 

Latvia:

Ms. Melisa Matvejeva

 

Luxembourg:   

Ms. Iness Chakir

Ms. Lara Bertemes

 

Malta: 

Ms. Emma De Gabriele

Mr. Matthew Micallef St. John

 

Netherlands:    

Ms. Fenna Timsi

 

Portugal:         

Mr. Rui Oliviera

 

Serbia: 

Ms. Tamara Stojković

Mr. Ivan Filip Kovačević

 

Slovakia:          

Mr. Dávid Markovič

 

Slovenia:          

Mr. Žiga Ciglarič

 

Switzerland:     

Ms.  Arlinda Ramqaj

 

Uganda:           

Mr. Glenn Mukooyo