Current Opportunities to Engage in United Nations Processes
By 1 December: Register for the 1-4 February 2017 WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) at UN Headquarters New York
Model United Nations is an educational initiative that resembles UN diplomacy. Sponsored by the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA), the WFUNA International Model United Nations conference is the first conference to employ actual UN procedures in their simulations. Given the many parallels, participants will have the opportunity to get a real sense of the work of the UN by gaining public speaking, negotiation and research skills at the same time. For more information, please visit: http://www.wimun.org/#!registration/cee5
By 8 January 2017: Register / Apply for Special Accreditation for UN Oceans Conference Preparatory Meeting 15-16 February at UNHQ
A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden. The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, 15-16 February 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by two co-facilitators, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore to the UN, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".
Pre-Registration For The Preparatory Meeting Now Open
Pre-registration is required for interested representatives of non-governmental organizations and major groups identified in Agenda 21 to participate in the preparatory meeting. Pre-registration is open from 7 November 2016 - 16 January 2017 at http://bit.ly/SDG14ConfPrep_Reg for organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC or accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or to previous UN conferences on sustainable development of Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados, Mauritius and Samoa.
Special Accreditation To The Conference And Preparatory Meeting Now Open
Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the scientific community, whose work is relevant to the Conference but who do NOT belong to the above categories are encouraged to apply for special accreditation to the Conference and the preparatory meeting by filling out a questionnaire http://bit.ly/SDG14ConfPrep_SA in addition to submitting their application for pre-registration to the preparatory meeting. Applications for special accreditation will be accepted from 7 November 2016 - 8 January 2017.
More information on the Oceans Conference: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference
Apply to the UN Youth Delegate Programme
Participation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country's official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council. The youth delegate programme is coordinated by the Focal Point on Youth at the global level, but it is the responsibility of the Member States to establish a youth delegate programme at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country. The roles of a youth representative varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participate in their delegation's general work through attending meetings and informal negotiations.
For more information on the UN Youth Delegate Programme, please refer to the following website: https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/what-we-do/youth-delegate-programme.html