The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), generously supported by the Government of Germany, is inviting young individuals to apply for the second edition of the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program.
This innovative initiative aims to empower young people to actively contribute to disarmament efforts within their communities. The program’s primary goal is to unite a diverse group of young disarmament advocates, enabling them to share their unique regional perspectives
The specific objectives of the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program are to:
- Equip young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for disarmament and non-proliferation at the local, national, and international levels.
- Facilitate networking and collaboration among young disarmament advocates from different regions of the world.
- Raise awareness of disarmament issues among youth and the general public.
- Promote youth participation in disarmament and non-proliferation efforts.
Key Program Details
– Host Organization: UNODA
– Program Type: Fully Funded Training Program
– Location: United States
– Number of Available Slots: 15
– Basic Qualifications: Not specified
– Open to Applicants of All Nationalities
This program adopts a regional approach by bringing together young disarmament advocates from various regions, including Africa, Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas, and the Caribbean. It provides a platform for these advocates to connect with the global disarmament discourse. Additionally, the program offers three job opportunities within UNODA for young professionals, with details on these positions to be announced in the near future to support regional program implementation.
The United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program consists of two main components:
1. Online Learning: The online learning component of the program provides participants with a foundation in the general principles of disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control, as well as the specific challenges and opportunities facing different regions of the world.
2. In-Person Training: The in-person training component of the program takes place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. During this two-week period, participants will have the opportunity to meet with disarmament experts from the UN, governments, civil society organizations, and academia. They will also participate in workshops, simulations, and field visits to learn about different aspects of disarmament work.
By the end of the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the general principles of disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control.
2. Apply their knowledge and skills to develop and implement advocacy campaigns on disarmament issues.
3. Effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders about disarmament issues.
4. Build and maintain relationships with other disarmament advocates and organizations.
- Applicants should fall within the age range of 18 to 24 years.
- Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in participating in an innovative learning program designed to enhance their ability to advocate for peace, disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control within their local communities.
- Successful applicants must be available for in-person regional workshops and travel to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
- To apply for this opportunity, interested individuals are required to complete an online application, providing all the necessary information and documents before the application deadline.
How to Apply
To apply for the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program, interested individuals must complete an online application form and submit the following supporting documents:
1. A resume or CV
2. A motivation letter explaining their interest in the program and how they plan to use the skills they learn to promote disarmament in their community.
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic and professional achievements, as well as their commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation.
The deadline to apply for the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program is November 27, 2023.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Academic achievement
2. Professional experience
3. Commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation
4. Regional diversity
Benefits of Participating in the Program
The United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program offers a number of benefits to participants, including:
1. The opportunity to learn from leading disarmament experts from the UN, governments, civil society organizations, and academia.
2. The chance to network with other young disarmament advocates from around the world.
3. The opportunity to develop and implement advocacy campaigns on disarmament issues in their communities.
4. The chance to gain hands-on experience working on disarmament issues within the UN system.
5. The possibility of being offered a job opportunity with UNODA to support the implementation of the training program at the regional level.
If you are a young person who is passionate about disarmament and non-proliferation, I encourage you to apply for the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament Training Program. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in the field, build a network of fellow advocates, and make a real difference in the world.