In 2012, WFUNA launched the Training Program at the United Nations in support of its priority on youth engagement and leadership. As the only global organization with the primary mission of supporting the principles and purposes of the UN, WFUNA is a natural partner for such a program. With over ten years of experience in the design and implementation of Training Programs, as well as an extensive professional network, we welcome thousands of students every year who seek immersion in the core values of the United Nations: Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Societies.
The Training Program is a five-day hands-on educational experience designed to promote the effective participation of youth with the UN and its mechanisms. With the help of experienced professionals, WFUNA delivers dynamic and collaborative lessons exploring critical international issues through workshops, presentations, and interactive sessions. From visits to Permanent Missions to simulations of intergovernmental conferences, our programs reflect a variety of instructional techniques to optimize student comprehension. In addition, participants will conduct research on policy proposals, and learn how to build a career in international affairs with opportunities for networking and professional development.
WFUNA’s Training Programs offer the necessary tools to understand evolving global challenges and a unique perspective on critical issues on the international agenda. Our programs aim to transfer specialized knowledge and information to develop and reinforce practical skills that will allow young people to critically engage with the work of the UN. Participants will enhance their ability to work effectively in cross-cultural contexts and foster the 21st century skills needed to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. We provide our students the opportunity to reflect concretely on how young people can contribute to world peace, and how they, as tomorrow’s leaders, can shape it.