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Establishing a UN youth delegate programme in the countries of global south : A Report

UNYSAN Volunteer Mr.Ashutosh pudasaini and Ms. Samikshya Rai have participated in “Establishing a UN youth delegate programme in the countries of global south” at Haus Venusberg Hotel in Bonn, Germany on 23 -25 November, 2016.There was a welcome dinner on 22 November for introduction and fine tuning of the of agenda for the workshop.Mentors-  Alexander kauschanski and Carina lange (UN youth delegate for Germany 2015, Eric klausch and Katharina Buch ( UN youth delegate for Germany 2016)Youth speaker- Katharina norpoth (chairperson of the umbrella organization of catholic youth organizations of Germany)Youth coordinator: Simona mursec

Participants:

Team Nepal- Samikshya Rai and Ashutosh Pudasaini,Team Colombia- María Camila Arango Ramírez and Francisco Javier Escobar Onofre,Team Sudan- Shawgi Omer Nawai Ahmed and Moneera Hussein Eltayeb Yassien ,Team Tanzania- Rose Robert Manumba and Raphael January Kambamwene

 Objective:

  • To provide information and guidance on how to establish UN Youth Delegate Program in the participants’ home country.
  • To discuss how to involve young people from the participants’ home country in the international development policy and decision making processes.
  • To establish a network of active young people in the global south.
  • To promote youth participation and activities in the participants’ home country.

Brief discussion on workshop & procedure: The workshop started from the chair of umbrella organization of catholic youth organizations Germany Katharina norpoth giving a brief presentation about her organization and its effort to increase the participation of youth from school levels to higher levels in political issues and youth policies. The presentation gave an clear description of their activities regarding youth participation and how the youth from very young age can be involved in policy making, diplomacy and politics.

Later UN youth delegate for Germany Alexander kauschanski  2015, Eric klausch and Katharina Buch ( UN youth delegate for Germany 2016) discussed about the structure of UN youth Delegate programme Germany and its implementation. Here is the brief structure of U N Youth Delegate Programme Germany in short:January-March: Selection Process, March-September: Tour through Germany,October: UN General Assembly,November – January: Debriefing and tours,February-ECOSOC and CSocD,There was a discussion about the benefits of Youth delegate program in individual participating countries where the participants were made to jot down the benefits that the government, youth and NGOs& INGOS can have from this programme. These are the discussed benefits on various sectors from YDs –

UN Youth Policy

  • Due to youth perspective: YDs have collected invaluable perspectives of young people all around the country
  • Due to youth network: Through their large network of youth organizations YDs know the latest official youth positions on all 15 priority areas of WPAY issues during negotiations
  • Due to personal experiences: YDs can offer first-hand, personal experiences of what it is like to be a young person in the year 2011.
  • Due to best-practice-sharing: by the end of their preparation campaign YDs will know which political strategies are youth-friendly and which strategies will not work on young people.

Young individuals

  • are motivated to start their own projects or initiatives
  • feel empowered to participate in political decision-making and make their voices heard on the local, regional, national, European and international level
  • are encouraged to engage in international cooperation with young people in Europe and the world.

Youth organizations

  • Start participation in UN conferences and events
  • Aim for ECOSOC accreditation
  • Start participation in international youth projects of UN entities such as UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP,UNEP

NON-FORMAL EDUCATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE VISITED BY YOUTH DELEGATES ON NATIONAL TOURS

o   They build knowledge

  • Learn about the United Nations
  • Get to know the situation of youth in their country and across the globe
  • Gain insights into national, European and international youth policies

o   They develop skills and

  • Improve democratic awareness
  • Formulate their demands
  • Thereby participate in political decision-making

o   They build networks with participants from other youth organizations and with other UN Youth Delegates.

BETTER DOMESTIC IMPLEMENTATION OF UN COMMITMENTS

o   That means that parliament and government of a country act in line with the commitments of WPAY by:

  • Passing laws
  • Budgetary decisions
  • Administrative measures
  • When national youth NGOs know the content of WPAY and the youth resolutions they can use these documents to back up their own advocacy positions vis-à-vis the government, thus promoting domestic implementation.
    • Better informed state actors
  • Permanent Mission: presence of YDs in New York makes youth become a priority.
  • Government: YDs attend all UN meeting relevant to youth and report back to the youth ministry and the ministry of foreign affairs.
  • Parliament: Many youth delegates talk to parliamentary committees about their work upon return from New York.
  • Well-informed youth organizations
    • Youth NGOs learn about recent developments in UN youth policy.
    • Youth NGOs access new information channels, such as Facebook pages, online-groups, websites, reports and publications.
    • Youth Delegates keep NGOs updated about the drafting process of important (youth) resolutions.
    • YDs inform NGOs about what is happening at mission briefings, at regional coordination meetings, at informal consultations, at informals.

Follow up action plan to contribute further to establishing UN Youth Delegate Programme in the countries of Global South:

After days of brainstorming sessions on resources, fundraising and network, drafting proposals and documents each participating country came up with a program design- A year of work. After the participants return back to their home countries they should give a brief report of their participation to the United Nations Youth Associations of their country and with the assistance of UNA they should approach the respective bodies like Youth Ministry, Foreign Ministry, various UN agencies,NGOs and INGOS that is working on youth affairs, various relevant stakeholders that can contribute to this programs for promotions and sponsorships without any personal benefits and also the relevant actors for youth of the country, National Youth Council: the relevant youth lobby groups, youth organizations in the country and the representatives of parliament

Result and conclusion: The workshop enhanced the skills like presentation, program designing, negotiation skills, project management etc. of participants also the participants had an exposure to the youth issues of countries of global south and Germany. Also, the participants had a great opportunity to meet people from different countries and work in a group and share their ideas as a part of intercultural learning. As discussed and prepared on 3 days of workshop, the participating countries designed solid follow up program for their respective countries defining the goals and objectives of their country.

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