Our work as Youth Delegates is made up of two main parts :
1) we tour through Germany to engage with a large variety of young people and
2) we attend the United Nations General Assembly and the Commission on Social Development where we speak on behalf of Germany’s youth.
Tour through Germany
Before attending the General Assembly we conduct a tour of schools, universities and youth-ledorganisations in order to gain our mandate to represent Germany’s young people at the UN. On this tour, we have a wide range of activities that educate young people on domestic and international political processes, consult youth from diverse backgrounds on their views on UN topics, and gather ideas for input to UN discussions.
We participate in discussions, workshops and give speeches on topics such as education, globalization, environment and youth participation in many different cities all over the country. These topics reflect issues, which especially effect young people and have therefore been defined by the UN World Action Programme for Youth (WPAY) as world youth topics.
The objective of our tour through Germany is to capture the local and global concerns of young people. To us, it is of great importance to also engage with disadvantaged youth who are marginalized and come from adverse backgrounds. Thereby, we strive to give the vulnerable members of our community a voice at the UN.
We accompany the German delegation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in October 2013 and to the Commission on Social Development (CSocD) in February 2014. At United Nations, we are official members of the German delegation and have a so-called advisor status.
We draft and deliver a statement on an issue relating to youth to the Third Committee of the General Assembly and to the Commission on Social Development. In collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Germany we organise a side event to provide information about the youth perspective on one of the meeting’s agenda topics and to further promote youth participation and input.
By attending official meetings, informal negotiations, side events and social events, we have the possibility to give input to deliberations about youth issues, such as to the resolution on ‘policies and programmes involving youth’ of the General Assembly.
After New York
On our return to Germany we share our experiences through educational workshops and talks to diverse audiences, including national decision-makers. Thereby we want to ensure that UN youth-related resolutions are not daydreams but political commitments that need to be put into action in national legislation.