WFUNA supports and encourages youth engagement and participation in the United Nations Associations and United Nations Youth Associations around the world through the WFUNA Youth Network. With this initiative, we want to highlight the contributions of thousands of young people to our organization and share their achievements with a wider audience. In commemoration of International Youth Day 2019, we are launching call for nominations for WFUNA Young Leader of the Year.

How does it work?

Every year, WFUNA sets a theme and calls for nominations for young people from the WFUNA Youth Network working within that theme. From the nominations, the WFUNA Secretary-General and WFUNA Youth Advisory Council select three young leaders to be interviewed. After each nominee is interviewed, a final candidate will be selected as the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year. 
 

Who is an ideal WFUNA Young Leader of the Year?

A WFUNA Young Leader of the Year has to be able to inspire other youth looking to get involved in global issues.

An ideal candidate shows:

  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Grassroots work on the theme of the year
  • Integrity and commitment towards improving the lives of others

In addition, the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year is:

  • Between 15-29 years old
  • A member of a United Nations Association or United Nations Youth Association
SDG4

What is this year's theme?

This year's theme is focused on Sustainable Development Goal 4 aimed at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

We encourage nominations of young people that are working to:

  • Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
  • Ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
  • Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to education including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and children in vulnerable situations

What will I do as WFUNA Young Leader of the Year?

Apart from being able to state proudly that you have been selected as WFUNA Young Leader of 2019, you might be able to:

  • Participate in WFUNA’s awareness raising campaigns and advocacy efforts 
  • Engage in panel discussions, workshops, training sessions facilitated by WFUNA on the implementation of Goal 4
  • Free participation in WFUNA’s programs, such as the Human Rights Youth Training in Geneva, WIMUN, Mission Possible, etc.

Timeline

August 12 - WFUNA Young Leader of the Year call launches

October 6 – Application closes (deadline)

October 18 – Selection is made by WFUNA Secretary-General and WFUNA Youth Advisory Council

October 24 – WFUNA Young Leader of the Year is announced

Nominations

Please use this form to nominate a young person: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/WFUNA-Young-Leader-of-the-Year-2019

Questions?

If you have any questions send us an email to youth@wfuna.org