The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Government of Germany are calling on young people to apply for the second edition of the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament programme — an innovative learning programme aimed at empowering youth to work for disarmament in their communities.
Fifteen young people between the ages of 18 and 24 will be selected to participate in the second edition of the training programme, which will introduce a regional focus.
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 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.
Applications for the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament training programme will be accepted until 27 November 2023. For more information, please visit youth4disarmament.org.