Just yesterday, the final phase of the selection process for the Albanian Youth Delegates to the United Nations took place at the lovely Zeta Gallery.
The panel for this phase was composed of Kristi Çina, president of UNA Albania, Elsona Agolli, UNFPA representative, Altin Fuga, MEFA representative and H.E. Guusje Korthals Altes, ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Albania. Representatives from the National Youth Congress and affiliated youth NGOs attended the event as observers.
The final phase was partially inspired by the U.S. Presidential Debates and was divided in 4 sections:
–Understanding of Global Affairs: The discussion revolved around gender equality, its importance and how to properly address this issue; climate change (individual and UN action to be taken in order to combat it); wealth inequality, contributors and its impact; artificial intelligence, positive and negative consequences, etc.
–UN & SDGs: The four finalists were required to elaborate on various aspects of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, alignment of national priorities with the SDGs and takeaways from the World Youth Report, Albania’s VNR and the UN Youth Strategy.
–Brief presentation of the finalists individual platforms: Each candidate had the chance to present his/her platform for the mandate, and explain his/her vision of the program.
–Speed date: Candidates were asked to have a private conversation with one of the four observers present. At the end of this exercise, candidates were given 3 min time to describe the person they just talked to.
Generally, the debate was well-balanced: all four finalists showed an equal level of preparation which made the selection even more burdensome for the panel. Most importantly, they demonstrated the energy, ideas and passion that young Albanians have, and they willingness to engage their peers and duly represent youth in the global stage as well.
After an extremely difficult and even emotional deliberation, the panel appointed Stiven Shala and Ilda Methasani as the first Albanian Youth Delegates to the United Nations. Stiven and Ilda will now have the prestigious and hard task to achieve the objectives and keep the promises of the AYD Programme. We would also like to congratulate the other 2 finalists, Klajdi Priska and Nensi Vuksanlekaj for reaching this phase and wish them best of luck in their future endeavors (strongly hoping that they will join the team of volunteers that will support the Youth Delegates).
We are extremely excited about Ilda and Stiven, while also conscious of the tremendous work that lays ahead of us. Therefore, we have already commenced working on the next steps. Stiven and Ilda will be present this week in various events in the framework of Europe Week and will start reaching out to youth from all around the country. They will now become the face of the AYD Programme and earn through their efforts and work the title of Albania’s Youth representatives(Delegates) to the UN. Meanwhile the team of volunteers is being formed and the official facebook and instagram pages of the AYD Programme will be launched soon.
The Albanian Youth Delegate to the UN Programme is a fantastic platform that puts Albania ahead of many more developed countries. Starting from today, young Albanians will have the chance to be better informed on local and global issues, address their opinions and ideas on their struggles and challenges as well as see those ideas expressed by 2 of their peers in the largest global diplomatic fora. We cannot wait to see the engagement and initiatives that will spring from this program. Until then, keep following us for more updates.