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Young leaders selected as UN Youth Champions for Disarmament have diverse backgrounds

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UN Youth Champions for Disarmament

15 exceptional young leaders which include a medical doctor and health activists, a poet, artists, peacebuilders, and gender and youth rights activists, have been selected by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) to work for disarmament in their communities.

“At ODA, we firmly believe that what Secretary-General Guterres calls a ‘networked and inclusive multilateralism’ also depends on how well we meaningfully include and empower youth,” said Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

They have been selected from over 1,000 talented applicants from 128 countries around the world.

In October 2023, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs called on young people between the ages of 18 and 24 from across the globe to apply for the Youth4Disarmament Initiative.

With generous financial support from the Government of Germany, the second edition of the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament training programme will enable this geographically diverse group of young leaders to share their regional perspectives and connect them to the global disarmament discourse.

This programme, together with the previous edition and other learning programmes supported by the Office are part of its targeted efforts to engage, educate, and empower young people for disarmament.

The Youth Champions for Disarmament will receive training in the general principles of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control and its linkages to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Throughout the programme, they will engage with disarmament experts, participate in regional workshops and develop innovative projects to raise awareness and promote change for a more peaceful and secure world within their communities.

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