What is the Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations Program?
Afghan Youth Representative to the UN is a year-long program which was launched in 2018 by Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT) and the Netherlands’ Embassy in Afghanistan. It is a unique opportunity for Afghan youths to serve as representatives of the younger generations, to advocate for their rights, and to communicate their concerns as well as challenges that they face on both national and international platforms.
Young people represent a large segment of the Afghan society, making up to one third of the country’s total population. They should be seen not only as perpetrators of violence who contribute to the current crisis in Afghanistan, but as key players who will positively contribute to peace and security – a role that has been recognized by the United Nations Security Council with the adoption of Resolution 2250 (Youth, Peace, Security) in 2015 and Resolution 2419 in 2016.
The program, in light of the 2250 agenda, will provide leadership opportunities to one youth representative every year by enabling them to act as an ambassador of peace who can influence policies on the national and global level. The youth delegate will meet with other young people across the country, hear their voices, and convey their message to the international community. The person will also bring back to the country the knowledge and message of the international community and open up opportunities that will pave the way for the future development of Afghanistan’s youth. The UNAMA in Afghanistan and the Ministry of the Foreign affairs have supported this program since 2018.