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What is the Youth4Disarmament Initiative? 

It is a youth outreach initiative established in 2019 by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs to connect geographically diverse young people with experts to learn about current international security challenges, the work of the United Nations and how to actively participate.

 

The Mandate 

General Assembly resolution 76/64

In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed the important and positive contribution of young people in sustaining peace and security.

The General Assembly resolution encouraged Member States, the United Nations, relevant specialized agencies and regional and subregional organizations to promote the meaningful and inclusive participation of young people in discussions in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.

Secretary-General's Agenda for Disarmament

In 2018, the Secretary-General also recognized young people as a tremendous force for change in the world who had “proved their power time and again in support of the cause of disarmament”.

He thus committed the Office for Disarmament Affairs, in partnership with all interested entities, to further invest in disarmament education, including through the establishment of a platform for youth engagement.

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We're seeking interns!
Temporary Job Openings for Interns
BIOSECURITY DIPLOMACY WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH 2nd Edition, 2020 – 2021 - Call for applications now open
Biosecurity Diplomacy Workshop for Young Scientists from the Global South, 2nd Edition, 2020 – 2021
UN #75Words4Disarmament Winners
#75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners

Videos

UN #75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners, 13-18 Age Category, with 1st Prize Winner remarks
UN #75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners, 19-24 Age Category, with 1st Prize Winner remarks
UN #75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners, 24-29 Age Category, with 1st Prize Winner remarks

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

The winners of the UN #75Words4Disarmament Youth Contest share comments with the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs after the event.
Marykate Monaghan
#Youth4Disarmament Member
This year has shifted many of our lives into virtual reality. Handshakes have been replaced with emails, friendly catch-ups with cyber get-togethers, and traditional in-person exchanges with a procession of online activities. This new virtual world can feel overwhelmingly isolating at times, but another side of it emerged when the #Youth4Disarmament initiative recently celebrated the winners of its #75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge. On 26 October, young people from around the world came together to share their thoughts and feelings about a common goal—disarmament.
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The UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)Virtual
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Hope to the Future AssociationSeoul / Virtual
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