United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament


The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) has launched the United Nations Youth Champions for Disarmament training programme.

ODA’s intention is to bring together an eclectic and geographically diverse group of young people, from across the globe, who can become advocates for disarmament.

It is looking for 10 young persons (ages 18 – 24) motivated to use their talents to help raise awareness and promote change for a more peaceful and secure world. In addition to young people with an interest in international affairs or international relations, ODA also strongly encourages 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.

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. ODA will support with mentoring and guidance throughout the programme.

Application process:

  1. The application requires three letters of recommendation and the applicant’s most recent academic transcripts of records (grades). Fluency in English is also required for participation.
  2. Interested candidates should also fill USJ’s outgoing mobility form and send it to the International relations office: sri.mobilite@usj.edu.lb

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

The specifications and guidelines of the competition are available on the following link: http://bit.ly/2Gxah2r  

You can also check the press release on the following link: http://bit.ly/2RytS8L