It is safe to say that UNA/ UNYA Albania kept busy this week with three important activities/events happening.
The first took place this last Thursday, January 24th at MAK Albania Hotel (yes, fancy venue for an even fancier event judging from its importance). This was the launching conference for the Albanian Youth Delegate to the United Nations Programme (more on the program here).
The Director of the Directorate for International Organizations in the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sokol Gjoka, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in Albania, Mr. Brian J. Williams and former Youth Delegate of Hungary to the United Nations, András Volom made up the speakers panel alongside our very passionate President, Kristi Çina.
Throughout the conference, the panel explained the Albanian Youth Delegate to the UN Program in further detail to the young people present: the concept, eligibility criteria, the one year and a half journey, the selection methods etc while András Volom shared insights on what it really means to be a UN Youth Delegate, his/her role and importance.
The panel touched upon the topics of youth participation and the sustainable development goals: including youth in the decision-making processes, youth empowerment: cultivating youth’s potential and building their confidence through mechanisms such as Youth Delegate Programs, sustainable development and the contribution of youth in this aspect.
At the conference, the call for applications to this program was declared open. Albanian youngsters, 18-28 years of age that meet the eligibility criteria (more on the AYD official website: http://unyouthdelegate.al/) have until February 25 to apply for this incredibly important role.
We are beyond excited that the countdown for discovering the first Albanian Youth Delegates to the United Nations has now begun and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our team of local superheroes!