As of 2005, the German delegation to the UN has selected two Youth Delegates to advise the General Assembly on youth-related issues. These two 18 to 26-year-olds have been selected according to criteria issued by the German National Committee for International Youth Work (DNK).
In order to provide quality advice on youth-related issues, the Youth Delegates must be familiar with issues related to youth and must know how these topics are being discussed among German adolescents themselves. In addition to this, they have to develop an understanding of the inner workings of the UN General Assembly as well as all committees relating to youth. The incorporation and discussion of youth topics takes place through the DNK in addition to the youth delegates’ tour of Germany, which is completed every year between April and September. This enables local youth groups to invite the delegates to speak with them about youth related issues. The results of every stop on the tour will be the collected as proposals and will flow into discussions about the UN resolution on youth.
Since 1981, the UN has recommended that member states should incorporate Youth Delegates into their UN delegations in order to ensure a form of direct participation for youth in UN politics and processes. Interested young people will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural questions. In addition to this, the UN Focal Point on Youth deals exclusively with youth in the field. It also calls attention to the situation of young people and advocates for their rights.
Read more about Youth Delegates at their homepage.
In 1995, the UN General Assembly adopted the World Program of Action for Youth (WPAY). See what it entails here.
The United Nations Youth Association of Germany (UNYA Germany) is an umbrella organization of German UN University Clubs, Model United Nations Initiatives, school and university delegations to international Model UN conferences, UN Youth Campaign Groups and groups of young UN researchers. It strives to promote international cooperation and education through networking and youth engagement initiatives that involve UN issues. Find out more at the UNYA Germany's homepage...