The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs is looking for young persons (ages 18 – 24) motivated to use their talents to help raise awareness and promote change for a more peaceful and secure world. Global norms for disarmament are vital to the sustainable development, quality of life, and ultimately the survival of this planet. The need for such norms arises directly from the legacy of the last century of wars and preparations for wars. The costs of such conflicts have been extraordinary and have included the loss of untold millions of innocent civilians. Weapons of mass destruction, along with excess stocks and illicit transfers of conventional arms, jeopardize international peace and security and other goals of the Charter of the United Nations. We believe that the potential effects from the use of weapons of mass destruction – especially nuclear weapons – demand their elimination. We believe that the very possession of such weapons necessarily entails risks of use. We shall work therefore to assist the UN, its Member States and civil society in efforts to eliminate such arms.
Eligibility and Criteria
- In addition to young people with an interest in international affairs or international relations, we also strongly encourage individuals with a background in other areas such as history, science, economics, languages, film, media, dance, song, theatre, visual arts, creative writing or any other field to submit an application.
- Our intention is to bring together an eclectic and geographically diverse group of young people, from across the globe, who can become advocates for disarmament.
- The application requires three letters of recommendation and your most recent academic transcripts.
- Fluency in English is required for participation.
Awards and Benefits
- The ten youth champions will receive training in general principles of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control through on-line courses and a two-week in-person study tour in Vienna, Geneva, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- The study tour will take place in June 2020.
- Youth Champions will exchange ideas with disarmament experts from think tanks, civil society organizations and the diplomatic field, and develop their own plans on how to engage in their communities on issues related to disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.
- The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs will support with mentoring and guidance throughout the programme.
How To Apply
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