Youth participation in international debates has always been a priority of the United Nations. As the international community participates in the global conversation on a post-2015 development agenda, there has been a consistent effort in engaging young people to discuss the local and global issues of importance to them, while contributing to develop solutions for a world beyond 2015. Youth participation in the most important debate of our time is of outmost importance as it is young people who will see the impact of the 2015 development agenda and will play a key role in its implementation.
UNITAR’s Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP) and its CIFAL Global Network working closely with academic institutions around the world engages youth in sustainable development related discussions. Through its activities, the DCP increases awareness of the work of the United Nations and its global mandates, promotes discussions among youths, encouraging them to search for innovative solutions to pressing issues.
UNITAR’s DCP in collaboration with the HopeChase (Wuhan) Institute for Education, Training and Research are pleased to offer the “Young Chinese Professionals Programme”, which consists of a series of study-visits for students from Chinese universities.
The study-visits take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and include lectures delivered by UNITAR experts, visits to universities and UN agencies based in Geneva, while providing an opportunity to exchange knowledge and to create a valuable network of contacts. Through these activities, students are exposed to the vast work of the United Nations, while strengthening their leadership skills and understanding of major international issues.