Application deadline: 11th April 2020

Description of the program

The Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations program will provide a unique opportunity to the applicant to travel to Germany and New York, connect with decision-makers, and high official people, as well as engage in debate and present the voice of Afghans in the Security Council of the United Nations. The first ever and the second Afghan Youth Representatives were elected through a rigorous competition process among hundreds youth applicants who competed through the process.

Development-policy objective of the program

The program has a two-pronged objective: to call for global attention to youth, peace, and security in Afghanistan in light of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015), and to provide leadership opportunity for 1 individual that can make him/her a role model leader among Afghan youth.

Selection Committee

All eligible candidates will be selected by a selection Committee, comprised of representative from APT, representative from the Afghan government, UN, and German Embassy. The first phase of interview will be contacted via Skype or in person. However, for the final round all the applicants should be physically present in Kabul.

Financial Benefits

This program will cover airfare travel to Germany and New York, accommodation, meals, and transportation during the event. Program will not cover any cost (travel, transportation and accommodation) if the applicant is selected for the final round to travel to Kabul.

The following candidates are considered eligible for this call:

  1. Afghan citizens who reside in Afghanistan;
  2. People below 29 and above 18 years old;
  3. Young people with a minimum of 1 year and maximum of 3 years of volunteer experience;
  4. Ability and willingness to travel outside the country for 20 days in September/October 2020;
  5. Excellent command of English language and at least one of the national languages is necessary;
  6. Individuals who are able to team-work, passionate to gather insight from all youth and incorporate other people’s ideas in his/her speeches and statements, and able to communicate cross-culturally and professionally;
  7. Individuals who have skills to run activities through social media platforms and fulfil duties and responsibilities that will be assigned via a Terms of Reference;
  8. Priority will be given to those individuals who have had fewer international exposure in the past, and individuals who live in more remote places in Afghanistan.

The following candidates are NOT considered eligible for this call:

  1.  Applicants who are temporary or permanent residents outside of Afghanistan;
  2. Applicants who have applied to immigrant visas, lottery visas, or has any pending immigrant case;
  3. Applicants who have received many awards and recognition inside or outside of Afghanistan before;
  4. Applicants who have attended many conferences and events outside the country;
  5. Individuals who have applied for other programs including scholarship programs at American, European, or Asian universities and intend to start studies in 2020 or 2021;

2019 Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations

In 2019, APT in collaboration with Embassy of Germany in Kabul designed a program to select the second Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations. Through a rigorous competition and selection process, among dozens of applicants, Ms. Aisha Khurram a student of Kabul University won the nomination and became the Afghan Youth Representative to the UN in 2019. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) also assisted in the process of the selection.

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