Education, mental health, safety and the environment are all current issues that concern young people. How can we ensure that teenagers do not give up and do not worry about the future? Our colleague Elena Seeber discussed this topic with the current UN Youth Delegate of Slovakia Michal Salini.
What is the role of the UN Youth Delegate?
What topics and areas interest and concern young people most?
Is the United Nations a distant institution for young Slovaks?
How to encourage young people to become active in the public interest?
The UN's youth face
Máte problém s prehrávaním? Nahláste nám chybu v prehrávači.
However, Michal Salini's mandate will soon come to an end. That is why young people can apply for the position of Slovakia's youth delegate to the United Nations. The National Institute for Education and Youth (NIVAM) provides information on its website.
The mission of the programme is to represent Slovak youth at the UN, to represent the interests of Slovak youth at the global level, to promote and implement the 2030 Agenda. It also aims to raise awareness among Slovak youth about the work of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals and the opportunities for youth to participate in the work of the UN.
The programme is a joint activity of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the UN Information Centre in Vienna, implemented by NIVAM.
The selection criteria include the candidate's age between 18 and 25 years, excellent knowledge of English, interest in issues and topics related to the lives of young people and the Sustainable Development Goals or diplomacy, and orientation towards the international environment. They also include permanent residence in Slovakia, time flexibility to carry out the mandate and experience, for example, in youth work.