UN Secretary-General António Guterres has made a big push to involve and empower young people, seeing their participation as critical for generating innovative ideas that will ensure the breakthroughs that our world desperately requires.
To that end, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is inviting young people to apply for the second edition of the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Programme – an innovative learning program aimed at empowering youth to work for disarmament in their communities – with generous financial support from the Government of Germany.
United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Programme Requirements
- Are you between 18 and 24 years old?
- Are you interested in taking part in an innovative learning programme to improve your ability to advocate for peace, disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control in your community?
- Do you want the opportunity to participate in a face-to-face regional workshop, as well as travel to the United Nations Headquarters in New York?
15 young individuals will be chosen to participate in the training program’s second edition, which will include a regional focus. To be eligible for the training program, applicants must be 18 or older and 24 or younger at the time of the application deadline.
Through this regional approach the training programme will bring together a geographically diverse group of young disarmament advocates and enable them to share their specific regional perspectives –from Africa and Europe; Asia and the Pacific; the Americas and the Caribbean regions – and connect them to the global disarmament discourse. In addition, three job opportunities with UNODA for young professionals are built into the training programme to support its implementation at regional levels. These positions will be made public in due course.
The selected 15 United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament will receive training in the general principles of disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control and its linkages to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. After completion of the introductory courses, regular exchanges with experts from think tanks, civil society organizations and the diplomatic field will be facilitated by UNODA, followed by regional workshops and youth forums. At the end of the training, the 15 Youth Champions will be invited to present their perspectives at an event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Application Deadline: November 27, 2023
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