So, You Want To Be The Next High Commissioner? 2016
WFUNA’s 6th Human Rights Youth Program
25-29 July 2016, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Youth: one of WFUNA’s key priorities
Since the launch of the International Year of Youth in 2010, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), has drastically increased efforts to strengthen its youth network and build the capacity of young leaders to develop and implement projects.
Youth as agents of change: transforming theory into practice!
The annual WFUNA Human Rights Youth Program, implemented continuously since 2011, has reached 135 young leaders and thousands of beneficiaries through the locally implemented participants’ projects. It draws its strength from the high-quality intensive training in Geneva, the thorough selection process of the participants and the support provided on the ground by the dense network of WFUNA’s national United Nations Associations. Most importantly, the program gives a real opportunity to the youth participants to transform theory into practice by implementing a project of their own using the skills and knowledge they have acquired.
Tackling burning Human Rights issues
Through this project WFUNA actively participates to the creation of an enabling environment for civil society to prosper and for its youth to emerge as future empowered leaders. Among the various human rights themes addressed as well as through the projects implemented by the participants, WFUNA particularly focuses on the most pressing issues of the global Human Rights agenda.
The venue: the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The four days training includes intensive tutoring, discussions with key human rights actors and provides instructions on how to follow up on education activities to be carried out by participants with the support of the UNAs.
The training is carried out annually for 20 – 26 UNA Youth staff or members, between 18 – 25 years old, who have a good knowledge of international institutions, are highly committed to human rights, driven, creative, and well-organized.
Participants from the 5th edition (2015) participating to a workshop
By the end of the training, participants :
– are able to explain the international human rights system, its instruments and mechanisms;
– are able to identify opportunities for civil society to interact with the UN human rights mechanisms;
– demonstrate an understanding of basic skills in project cycle management;
– are able to develop their own human rights awareness raising or education project to be implemented in their community and in collaboration with their UNA.
Participants from the 4th edition (2014)
Watch below as Suvania and Cecille, two participants from the program’s 2014 edtion, describe their experience at the training.