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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 internati onal experts in different fields.

the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2021, UNITAR appointed ITS Education Asia to expand the programme into the Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme. This will start in Hong Kong in late 2021 and over the coming years will bring this opportunity to youth in an ever widening circle of empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. See the press release here.

Programme content and outcomes

The programme will take place over 10 Saturdays with 6 hours of participation per day. Sessions will be led by UNITAR staff, ITS SDG teachers, and a variety of experts from members and partners of StartmeupHK, HKTDC, World Economic Forum, UpLink, KIDsforSDGs, Catalyst 2030, Learning Planet and many more.

Mode: Online and in-person combined
Format: Various - lectures, webinars, task-based problem and more
Time (HKT): Session 1: 13:30-16:00
Session 2: 16:30-18:30

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

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