The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs' #Youth4Disarmament initiative is delighted to announce the ‘Leaders to the Future’ (#L2F) Series.
With generous financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, #Youth4Disarmament will engage its alumni members on topics related to Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control (D.N.A) in monthly sessions. Topics include the Secretary-General’s New Agenda for Peace, gender parity, Outer Space, diversity, multilateralism, and emerging technologies. Additional workshops to explore four new topics are to be announced for the second half of the programme.
Briefings will be delivered by representatives from UN Member States, UN entities, Civil Society and youth-led organizations in a series of engaging and interactive virtual workshops, which will include small group discussions amongst the participants to exchange, discuss and develop their perspectives.
The #L2F project also offers networking opportunities and mentorship sessions with career professionals via "Career Connections"; potential speaking opportunities for participants to address high-level events, conferences, and intergovernmental fora where feasible as part of our "AIM” (Advocates in Motion) initiative; and a study visit for a selected group of representatives, including a trip to the UN offices in Vienna and/or Geneva in summer of 2023.
Interested to learn more about the sessions? Check out the calendar below:
D.N.A. and the Secretary-General’s New Agenda for Peace on 24 January 2023, the International Day of Education.
D.N.A. and Gender Parity – 13 February 2023, in commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
D.N.A. and Outer Space - 24 March 2023, date in which the Open Skies Treaty opened for signature in 1992.
D.N.A. and Multilateralism - 24 April 2023, the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.
D.N.A. and Emerging Technologies - 17 May 2023, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
D.N.A. and Diversity – 16 June 2023, in light of the International Day for Countering Hate Speech on 18 June 2022.
Following each session, the cohort of #Leaders2Future will draft a series of recommendations to be shared and promoted in various disarmament related inter-governmental meetings and events. Check out what actions and inputs the Leaders to the Future suggest below:
To support the development of the Secretary-General's New Agenda for Peace,
To achieve gender parity in disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control,
The individuals listed above acted in their personal capacity. This document contains a summary of the spoken and written interventions made by young people – that is not intended to be exhaustive or prescriptive.