- The African UN Youth Delegate and Representative Program AUNYD is not an official UN program. The UN Youth Delegate Program is driven and owned by UN Member States. Official Youth Delegates are always exclusively selected by UN Member States. The civil society youth representatives we select at the AUNYD have a better chance to become national UN Youth Delegates through our training and support
CRISP (Germany) will be working closely with partners from the Sudan Youth Organization for Climate Change- SYOCC in supporting the country’s first submission of a Youth Delegation to the United Nations. Throughout 2022, we will be organizing on site workshop weeks that will engage 25 young people, from and outside of Khartoum, in an interactive and peer- to- peer learning setting.
The Representatives will be equipped with knowledge on UN institutions and international affairs through guest speakers, whilst also improving their leadership, independent research, and collaborative problem-solving skills through various group tasks.
The training weeks will be concluded with firsthand practical settings where the knowledge obtained can be implemented, as 10 Sudanese Representatives will represent and address their communities' most prominent issues to the General Assembly of the UN, whereas the remaining participants will be receiving internship opportunities.
The project aims to facilitate youth political participation and activism in Sudan by offering a platform to discuss socio-political, economic, and environmental issues at an intergovernmental setting.
It will equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and understanding of supranational institutions such as the United Nations, as well as topics concerning foreign affairs, international conflict solving, sustainable economic and environmental development, women’s rights, and democratization.
Additionally, it will offer young people ownership as they are encouraged throughout the project to identify the most pressing issues concerning their communities, as well as improve their leadership, public speaking, conflict solving and critical thinking skills.
Young Sudanese aged between 18 to 32 years old. At least half of the participants will be women, and at least half of them will be coming from outside of Khartoum.
The project will be implemented through three training weeks that are conceptualized as 5 day workshops. The workshops will integrate theoretical knowledge, through lectures from guest speakers, as well as team, building exercises.
Additionally, the Representatives will have the chance to improve their analytical thinking skills by conducting independent research and work on collective problem-solving tasks.
The knowledge then acquired will be put to practical use as a part of the participants will engage in diplomatic and intergovernmental dialogues at the UN Headquarters, whereas the rest will be engaging in various internship and other career opportunities.
By the end of this project the Youth Representatives will have acquired a deeper knowledge in formulating and lobbying their interests and rights at a domestic as well as international setting. This will strengthen Sudan’s overall democratization process and youth participation in the country. Additionally, Sudanese young people will have also been familiarized with the decision making from international entities such as the United Nations.
The implementation of the project also seeks to improve the visibility of Sudan’s youth in public administration, international and diplomatic affairs. Lastly, it will mobilize young people’s interests and understanding of political and diplomatic participation.