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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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News

Open Minds Project Winter 2020
The winter edition of our Open Minds Project is now available!
Disarmament Today Podcast: Youth Edition
Disarmament Today Podcast: Youth leaders discuss how young people can act as "ultimate forces for change" in disarmament
Youth4Disarmament, 2020 Billion Acts of Peace Award Winner, Best Coalition Building Project
#Youth4Disarmament awarded Billion Acts of Peace Award for Best Coalition Building Project 2020

Videos

UN #Youth4Disarmament Initiative—2020 #BillionActs of Peace Awardee, Best Coalition Building Project
UN #75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners, 13-18 Age Category, with 1st Prize Winner remarks
UN #75Words4Disarmament Youth Challenge Winners, 19-24 Age Category, with 1st Prize Winner remarks

Youth Community

Spotlight Stories

Isabella Duque Muñoz reflects on her internship with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
Isabella Duque Muñoz
#Youth4Disarmament Member
As a Colombian, I grew up in a nation marked by violence and armed conflict. These matters seized my interest from a very young age; learning about them felt vital to understanding my country and the factors that drive conflicts around the world. In 2016, Colombia signed a historic peace agreement and began a process of laying down arms. Witnessing these developments confirmed my passion for issues of peace, security and disarmament, as well as development in emerging countries. I wanted to get involved and make my own contribution. But when I moved to France in 2019 to pursue my master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy, I discovered that the competition for opportunities can be fierce. As I applied for internships around the world, I faced questions and concerns not just about my lack of related professional experience, but also about my status as a young Latin American woman.
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