In order to give the interests and ideas of young people a voice in international politics, the United Nations recommends that its member states include youth delegates in their delegations. Youth delegates joined the German delegation in 2005, and since then two young people have been taken along to the General Assembly in New York each year.
This year’s youth delegates are Carina Lange and Alexander Kauschanski. After six months of preparations, they are taking part in the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, which started in New York at the end of September 2015.
The General Assembly deals with youth issues in the Third Committee. At the beginning of the committee’s session, the youth delegates have the opportunity to address the committee to inform member states about the situation, needs and visions of young people in Germany.
“Giving young people a voice”
In order to gain an insight into precisely these issues and to give young people in Germany a voice, the youth delegates prepare themselves for their trip to New York with a tour of Germany. At panel discussions with youth associations, schools and universities, they find out what young people in Germany are passionate about as well as their opinions on various political topics.
The project to send German youth delegates to the General Assembly is funded by the United Nations Association of Germany and the German National Committee for International Youth Work, and is also supported by the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.