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In 2010, UNITAR implemented a Youth Ambassador Programme to provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the United Nations system as well as careers in diplomacy and international affairs through participation in UNITAR events. The Programme selects a small group of high-school students each year to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and connect globally with international experts in different fields.

the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Launch event 18 Sept 2021

In 2021, seeing the success of the Young Changemaker Incubator, UNITAR appointed The ITS Education Asia Foundation to expand the programme into the Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme. Over the coming years this Programme will bring opportunity to youth in an ever widening circle of empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region.See the press release here.

Programme content and outcomes

In 2022, the Programme will run across 10 Saturday afternoons again. Sessions will be led by UNITAR staff (Hiroshima office), ITS SDG teachersand a variety of expert contributors. In 2021, experts were from SAP, Fung Group,MIT, Wharton, YouKuai, Uplink, World Economic Forum and many more.

Mode: Online and in-person combined
Format: Various - lectures, webinars, task-based problem and more
Time (HKT): 2022 T.B.A.

Outcomes:

  • receive official United Nations Institute of Training & Research certificate
  • become a UNITAR Youth Ambassador, Asia Pacific
  • gain access to the global SDG education network
  • attend real-life UN and other international events e.g. UN General Assembly (both live stream and in-person)
  • qualify for nomination to UN youth committees and organizations

About UNITAR

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was created in 1963 to train young diplomats from newly-independent UN Member States to function in the diplomatic environment.

Over the years, UNITAR has acquired unique expertise and experience in designing and delivering a variety of training activities and its strategy is fully focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using four of the five thematic pillars - Peace, People, Planet & Prosperity.

UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to the most vulnerable. UNITAR programmes are delivered both face-to-face and via e-Learning and overseen from UNITAR’s Headquarters in Geneva.

The Institute is a project-based organization and does not receive any funds from the regular United Nations budget. UNITAR is financed from voluntary contributions derived mainly from UN Member States, other UN agencies, international and intergovernmental foundations NGOs and the private sector.

1963

UNITAR founded

2010

First Youth Ambassador Programme takes place

2021

Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme launched

Beyond

Sixteen young people were successfully nominated by twelve schools. A fantastic launch event celebrating youth in Asia Pacific was held on 18th September 2021 and the programme began on September 2021.

Meet the 2021 Cohort

Mr. Arthur Cheung Mr. Arthur Cheung
King George V School
Mr. Justin Cheng Mr. Justin Cheng
Diocesan Boys' School
Ms. Ines Francis Ms. Ines Francis
Lycee Francais International de Hong Kong
Mr. Te Harrington Mr. Te Harrington
ITS
Mr. Aiden Howe Mr. Aiden Howe
Chinese International School
Ms. Sophia Lawrence Ms. Sophia Lawrence
ITS
Ms. Bella Li Ms. Bella Li
Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Ms. Alissa Pelletier Ms. Alissa Pelletier
French International School Hong Kong
Ms. Romina Philips Ms. Romina Philips
Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Ms. Jane Poon Ms. Jane Poon
Hong Kong International School
Mr. Jason Qiu Mr. Jason Qiu
ESF Island School
Ms. Michelle Wang Ms. Michelle Wang
ISF
Ms. Anna Wei Ms. Anna Wei
Victoria Shanghai Academy
Mr. Alvin Wong Mr. Alvin Wong
International Christian School
Ms. Kadence Wong Ms. Kadence Wong
ESF Sha Tin College
Mr. Alistair Woo Mr. Alistair Woo
Victoria Shanghai Academy

Graduation day -SDG Pitch-event hosted by Cyberport

On 27 November 2021, the first YAAPP cohort graduated in a fantastic event at Cyberport in Hong Kong and live-streamed globally. The 16 Ambassadors and the teams they had created gave 7 minute pitches about their enterprise solutions for a social issue they had identified in their community. Using the SDGs as a contextual starting point, they framed their solutions in terms of the Systems Work of Social Change (Rayner & Bonnici) and keeping a keen eye of truly sustainable propositions.

The 2021 projects were:
Te Harrington: Rente, a fashion rental platform for teens
Bella Li: Glbal Goals Council Network, expanding SDG club co-ordination in schools
Anna Wei: Apogee Academy, online SDG education
Justin Cheng: Viva, platform to help the poor access help
Michelle Wang: Mind of Arts, mental health through art
Romina Philips: Slowway, educating fashion designers in sustainable practice
Sophia Lawrance: MergeHK, rescue dogs for young offender rehabilitation
Aiden Howe: Helpers for Helpers, peer led story-telling and empowerment
Alissa Pelletier: Visiualise, SDG photo depository
Arthur Cheung: SDGxEdu, in-school peer led SDG classes
Jason Qiu: CarbonNeutral, student tree and seaweed planting projects
Jane Poon: ProjectProvision, SpendZERO initiative
Alvin Wong: March to Your Beat, autism therapy through percussion
Ines Farcis: Peers 2 SDGs, platform linking youth social enterprises
Kadence Wong: Youth Co, best practice facilitator for youth social groups
Alasatair Woo: DIY, database of social programmes

Votes were cast by the audience through Slido and the winners were:

For Presentation -Anna Wei, Apogee Academy
For Inclusion -Alvin Wong, March to Your Beat
For Innovation -Jane Poon, ProjectProvision
For Impact -Bella Li, GGC

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