United Nations Youth Ambassadors 2018 – Kids to Kids collaboration on UN Agenda 2030 with a delegation from Japan in Geneva 23 – 27 July 2018
Open to children 10 to 15 years old children living in Switzerland* and who meet the participation requirements.
In 2015, the UN established the Agenda 2030, composed of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as a quality education (#4), reduced inequalities (#10), sustainable cities and communities (#11); responsible consumption and production (#12) and etc. As part of its partnership with the UN, Junior Chamber International (JCI) created the United Nations Youth Ambassadors (UNYAP) program with the objective to bring the youngsters closer to the UN SDGs agenda, empower and share skills for their future sustainability projects – all together with their peers coming to Geneva from Japan for culture exchange. JCI Japan has been doing the project for several years now and is coming with a delegation of 20 pupils for collaboration with the Swiss delegation on the 17 SDG’s and customs of their respective countries. During 4 days in Geneva, 20 kids from Japan and 20 kids based in Switzerland will collaborate on the customs of their respective countries and the 17 SDGs. Official language is English. For inquiries and support in Switzerland – we speak French, German, Italian, English.
*a child living nearby Switzerland and willing to learn and promote the SDGs in her/his home can also apply.
We welcome all the kids who are residents in Switzerland between 10 and 15 years regardless of their nationality. It is important to be able to speak English well enough for exchange on the projects and have basic knowledge about UN Sustainable Development Goals. Pupils must be prepared to work on the projects also in the evenings under the guidance of adults with experience in supervising children from both, Swiss and Japanese delegations. Most importantly, you become Young Ambassadors of the UN agenda and should be prepared to spread the word, for example, in your schools, your local city events, keep being involved and present projects internationally and be prepared to interact with public.
Think of this as a junior SDGs bootcamp with trainers from Japan and Switzerland and cultural exchange.Participants will learn more about the role of UN in each country and internationally, skills to act as ambassadors, as well as more about the sustainable development and project skills. After the working sessions pupils will have to present their own projects. Each participant will receive a participation certificate at the end. There are lots of projects and interesting developments on the UN level internationally, and we need everyone to engage. We need the youth to help with creativity, thinking out of the box, the energy to help achieve the changes all together.JCI internationally will support you further on and we will welcome the Young Ambassadors and the projects to be presented at the JCI Switzerland and JCI Japan national events.
For example, the Japanese Youth Ambassadors will present the UNYAP program at the General Assembly at the JCI World Youth Congress in Goa (November 2018). This will be a great opportunity to introduce themselves as the global Ambassador of the Youth at the United Nations. There are more than 200 000 of your older peers from JCI around the world to welcome you and share the knowledge.
Registration fee is 350 CHF and includes shared lodging and meals. The fees must be paid by 23rd of June. Cancellation policy: 80% refund for cancellations by July 8th and 100% in case of certified illness. Application closes on 15th of June 2018. The places are limited to 20 young participants from Switzerland and 20 young participants from Japan.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Geneva!
Adélaïde Charrière, Head of UNYAP Project
JCI Senator #75069