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What is the Youth4Disarmament Initiative? 

It is a youth outreach initiative established in 2019 by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs to connect geographically diverse young people with experts to learn about current international security challenges, the work of the United Nations and how to actively participate.

 

The Mandate 

General Assembly resolution 76/64

In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed the important and positive contribution of young people in sustaining peace and security.

The General Assembly resolution encouraged Member States, the United Nations, relevant specialized agencies and regional and subregional organizations to promote the meaningful and inclusive participation of young people in discussions in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.

Secretary-General's Agenda for Disarmament

In 2018, the Secretary-General also recognized young people as a tremendous force for change in the world who had “proved their power time and again in support of the cause of disarmament”.

He thus committed the Office for Disarmament Affairs, in partnership with all interested entities, to further invest in disarmament education, including through the establishment of a platform for youth engagement.

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#StepUp4Disarmament Youth Campaign
Participants of the Youth Forum on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation developed recommendations to advance the disarmament agenda within 3 Working Groups, exploring the relationship between disarmament and (i) Sustainable Development Goals, (ii) New and Emerging Technologies, and (iii) gender.
Seoul Youth Declaration for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation adopted by participants of the Youth Forum on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
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The UN Youth Champions for Disarmament attended a virtual ‘graduation’ ceremony with the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, and Mr. Christoph Anton of the German Federal Foreign Office on 14 June 2021.
UN Youth Champions for Disarmament conclude online training with virtual ‘graduation’ ceremony

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"What if - Spesterra" Youth Video Challenge, Launch Event, 15 April 2021
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Youth Envoy: Join the “What if – Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge!
"What if - Spesterra" Youth Video Challenge

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

Luciana Vázquez expresses how important it was to join a group of motivated young scientists interested in biological disarmament and non-proliferation.
Luciana Vázquez
#Youth4Disarmament Member
December 2018. I am planning my summer vacation like any other year. I turn on the television, and I see the headline: "Hantavirus outbreak in Southern Argentina". Hantavirus is a zoonotic disease transmitted from rodents to humans. The difference with this strain is that it is transmitted from person to person, facilitating the spread of the virus. Over the course of several days, people of all ages begin to die. As fear grips the inhabitants of the southern cities, misinformation starts to spread through the media. December 2019. It seems that the month of December is destined not to be quiet. The name “Coronavirus” begins to resonate. At the beginning, all the samples from the country were processed at the Malbran Institute in Buenos Aires, the National Reference Laboratory. Wouldn't it be easier if other laboratories over the country processed the samples as well? The answer is yes, of course. However, the necessary biosafety and biosecurity conditions to manipulate the samples and carry out the diagnoses were only found in the Malbran Institute. As the number of cases increased, reaching all Provinces, it became necessary to decentralize the diagnoses in order to have a faster response to the pandemic. There my work began.

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