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Czech UN Youth Delegates Programme

Czech UN Youth Delegates Programme
Czech UN Youth Delegates Programme

The aim of the Czech UN Youth Delegates Programme is to create a bridge between young Czechs and the United Nations. On the one hand, it ensures the representation of Czech youth in this organization and on the other hand it spreads awareness of it through the activities of young delegates in the Czech Republic.

The Programme is organized by the Czech Council of Children and Youth, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Mandate of the Young Czech Delegate to the UN is given to a young person (age limit is 18 to 25 years) for a year and a half after he/she underwent two round selection procedure. Delegates are always two young people per given period who, as part of their mandate, can travel to New York, where young delegates deliver a speech before the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. In their speeches they focus on issues related to the problems of young people both in their home countries and globally.

Furthermore, according to their possibilities and interest and according to the possibilities of the Programme and its organizers, delegates participate in other events and meetings, where they represent not only the interests of young people but also deal with their own agenda, which accompanies them within their mandate.

The agenda is essentially topic selected by the delegates, it is related to the UN agenda and it is important, according to the delegates, to address it within the Czech Republic. These topics are always related to the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of the Programme, delegates already had the following agendas: Making non-formal education and leisure activities available to young people with disabilities / Conceptual solutions for young people’s involvement in decision-making processes / Climate change / Disinformation, fake news and critical thinking. During their mandate, delegates also share their experience gained under the mandate and provide information on the UN and its related topics at schools or other meetings, whether for students or the general public.