Since 2005 Germany has been able to send two youth delegates, as a part of the German delegation, to the general assembly of the United Nations in New York. There they fight for the interests of young people by explaining to the diplomats as “experts in youth matters” the perspectives of youngsters.
To take into consideration what matters to young people all over Germany and gather their opinions on different matters, the youth delegates take on a tour through Germany before they travel to New York. Together with other youngsters they participate in discussions, workshops and lectures in different cities on topics such as education, globalisation, ecology or AIDS – Topics which notably concern young people all over the world, and are therefore world youth topics within the UN world action programme.
But that’s not the end of it: as well press appointments, invitations to youth organisations and UN groups, meetings with the supporters and the youth delegate team, the youth delegates put effort in networking with other European youth delegates before the general assembly, to have a stronger position when they represent the interests of young people in New York.
After these intense preparations they leave in September and October, packed with lots of knowledge and ideas for the general assembly, where the youth delegates participate in commissions, official and unofficial meetings, events and receptions to give a voice to the youth.
Interested? Further information is available at: www.jugenddelegierte.de
Jointly responsible fro the project are the German society for the United Nations (DGVN) and the German National committee for international youth work (DNK) in co-operation with the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry for family, seniors, women and you.