A couple of days ago, we published this poster on our social media, a poster for this event, a launching conference for this program, which is the biggest project that UNA Albania has organized up to this day and comes as the culmination of almost 2 years of hard work. It goes by the name of: Albanian Youth Delegate to the United Nations. The caption of the post read something like this:
“The Albanian Youth Delegate to the United Nations is a program that aims to increase, as well as encourage the participation of the Albanian youth and their views in the decision-making process at the national and international level by annually including two young Albanians in the national delegation of the Republic of Albania to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). More details will follow soon. Stay tuned!”
In all fairness, that was exactly what it read, but the important thing is that more details are finally herein below:
What is the AYD program?
Today’s generation of youth is the largest that the world has ever witnessed. The United Nations has reaffirmed the need to develop and implement strategies that give young people everywhere real opportunities to enable their full, effective and meaningful participation in society. The United Nations has also recognized the crucial role that young people have in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Therefore, AYD aims at including Albanian youth in the decision-making processes thus bringing the Albanian youth closer to the UN and the UN closer to them, while ensuring youth empowerment and youth active participation.
AYD will consist of a gender balanced Delegate’s team of Albanian citizens between 18-28 years old, with a proven commitment to youth empowerment, youth representation, voluntarism and civic participation, demonstrable interest and knowledge of the United Nations as well as having innovative ideas on how to tackle contemporary issues. The two Youth Delegates are chosen through a rigorous and transparent selection procedure for a mandate of one year and a half.
AYD will conduct a process of national consultations with Albanian youth and youth NGO-s in different cities and regions in Albania, in order to equip the selected Delegates with a better insight of Youth needs and potential. The Delegates will also attend an internship at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and different trainings by former UN Youth Delegates in Europe. Following, the two selected Youth Delegates will participate in the 74th UN General Assembly as youth advisors, provide input to the Albanian delegation on issues related to youth and participate in the delegation’s general work through attending meetings, informal negotiations and addressing the Third Committee of the UNGA.
In order to ensure sustainability, upon their return, the Delegates of 2019 will share their experience through diverse public mediums, will be encouraged to actively follow and provide inputs for youth policies, and train the next year’s Albanian Youth Delegates through a subsequent tour of national consultations, various projects regarding youth and the SDGs, as well as a communication platform that is transmitted from one generation of youth delegates to another.
AYD believes in the potential of the Albanian Youth as the key factor that will bring change and development in the country. Our invested interest since the creation of the UN Association Albania, has been the empowerment, the enabling and the creation of role models for the youth to be active. This specific programme is an opportunity to contribute to forming civic role models, increase the participation of youth in political bodies in the international level, and provide a mechanism for them to be heard. AYD is considered to be a valuable contributor to enhancing democracy in Albania by providing an addition mechanism for the youth’s voice to be heard.
This project is based on the UN Youth Delegate Programme, a program that is implemented in 36 countries all over the world and is strongly supported by the United Nations system. YDP is established and run by United Nations Association Albania (UNA Albania) and it is supported by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Tirana (through the Small Grants for Democracy Commission). The call for applications will open during the launching conference on January 24.