Project Update

AUNYD Regional Training 2

From May 6th to 10th, the African United Nations Youth Delegates and Representatives (AUNYD) Program held its 2nd Regional Training, hosted by the SDGs Kenya Forum. 

This impactful event brought together passionate youth leaders from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia, united in their mission to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through collaborative efforts and effective advocacy.

The training focused on forging position documents for the Civil Society Conference in Nairobi which took place May 10/11 and where the representatives joined the debates and met other decision takers and advocacy allies.

Moreover, the training further equipped the youth representatives with the knowledge and skills to represent East African youth at the UN General Assembly and engage with various UN entities. This initiative is crucial for empowering these young leaders, fostering regional cooperation, and preparing them for meaningful engagement with the international community. Representatives honed on their skills through a lobbying simulation game. The whole training was visited by the Kenyan Foreign Ministry and a Kenyan diplomat even took part in the discussions and simulation game. 

The training emphasized the importance of clear, concise, and factual presentations. Youth delegates learned to manage their emotions, use appropriate language, and adopt the right tone and body language to communicate their messages effectively. Feedback from coordinators underscored the importance of these skills in maximizing advocacy impact.

Guided by coordinators from UNA Uganda, SDGs Kenya Forum, United Nations Association of Ethiopia (UNA-ET), United Nations Association of Tanzania, and UNASouth Sudan, the training proved to be a constructive and enriching experience. This continuous learning process is enabling African United Nations Youth Delegates and Representatives to engage in ways that resonate with various generations and sectors.