Spanish Youth Delegation

WHY YOUTH DELEGATES

A large number of organizations and government institutions recognize that young people are key agents to social change, economic development and technological innovation. Their idealism and energy, as well as their unique perspectives, innovative and creative ideas allow them to create progressive, sustainable and social solutions towards most of the socio-political and socio-economic challenges of the 21st century.

THE YOUTH IN THE WORLD

The United Nations defined “youth” as every individual between the ages of 18 and 24. However, at the practical level, it extend from 7 to 30 years old. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 represent approximately 18% of today’s global population. Too many of these young people see their potential hindered by the lack of information or discrimination. But with proper investment in their education and opportunities, they will deliver more than only economic benefit to the world.

UN Calls for Inclusion of Youth Representatives

In October 1995, the General Assembly met for three days at a High-Level Special Session to discuss the situation and participation of young people. The outcome of this session was the production of the World Program of Action for Youth 2000 and Beyond (WPAY), which was adopted at the 50th plenary session of the General Assembly. The Program focuses on measures that increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people seeking integrated participation in society.

Youth Delegation to the United Nations… What is it?

She or he is an accredited member of a national delegation or mission to the General Assembly of the United Nations (or a similar multilateral body), elected in her or his country to represent the interests of youth. In another sense, we can say that this is a concrete method of youth participation, based on the organized youth of a given country.

More UN Resolutions…

1981 Governments should consider including youth representatives in their national delegations to the General Assembly (Resolution on Communication between the United Nations and Youth Organizations, A / 36/17)

1995 Member States are once again invited to include, where possible, youth representatives in their delegations to the General Assembly (World Program of Action for Youth 2000 and Beyond, WPAY, A / 50/81)

2001 Call made to Member States in the Global Program of Action to consider the inclusion of youth representatives in their delegations to the General Assembly (Resolution on Policies and Programs Involving Youth, A / 56/117)

Response to the Call for Inclusion of Youth Representatives

Countries such as Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Australia have provided responses to the UN calls for the inclusion of youth representatives in their delegations of the General Assembly and others already are sending youth delegates to New York. Other countries have been represented by youth on several occasions, but not on an ongoing basis such as Austria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ecuador and India. Now, Spain joins the growing list of countries with this program to give voice to the youth of our country.

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“By including young people in national delegations to the United Nations meetings, Governments help them gain a better understanding of the intricacies of negotiations, the challenges of achieving consensus and the patience required to win diplomatic progress.”
Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations 2007-2016

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