The World Programme of Action for Youth (A/RES/50/81), adopted by UN member states in 1995, aims at increasing youth participation at the international level. The respective GA resolution 50/81 specifically invites member states to send youth representatives to the General Assembly along with their delegations. Thereby, youth is directly included in the decision-making process and adequately represented.
So far, less than 30 out of 193 member states have established a national Youth Delegate programme. In line with our objective to increase youth participation and representation at the United Nations, UNYANET supports national UN Youth Delegates by, inter alia,
- raising awareness for the Youth Delegate programmes worldwide
- lobbying governments to establish a Youth Delegate programme
- supporting current Youth Delegates by organizing exchanges, webinars and joint trainings
- offering mentoring and training for young people aiming at establishing a Youth Delegate programme in their country
If you are interested in creating a Youth Delegate programme in your country or currently serve as Youth Delegate, but are not included in our list, contact info[at]unyanet.org
Carina Lange and Alexander Kauschanski are the German UN Youth Delegates 2015.
Together they are currently doing a tour throughout Germany in order to collect the desires and thoughts of young people. In the United Nations they will represent the voice of German Youth at the General Assembly and the Commission on Social Development.
As a journalist Alexander has published articles in several newspapers and online platforms. After finishing high-school he volunteered in Peru as a cultural youth ambassador at educational institutions for the official program of the German UNESCO Commission, the ministry of foreign affairs and the Goethe-Institute. Today, Alexander studies political sciences at the University in Leipzig and involves himself supporting people seeking asylum in Germany.