The UNITAR Hiroshima Youth Ambassador Programme is a core part of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office's community-based efforts. In the Youth Ambassador Programme, 20 students are selected each year from local high schools in Hiroshima to deepen their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their activities as Youth Ambassadors, and form an international network with experts from various fields.
The Youth Ambassador Programme was launched in 2010 and not only deepened the understanding of high school students’ about the challenges facing the current international community and the United Nations' efforts to tackle them, but also provided them with the skills needed to succeed in the international arena in the future. The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, the only United Nations agency in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, positions this Youth Ambassador Programme as one of its most important commitments to the local community and its people.
UNITAR would like to thank the following municipalities and organizations for their support of the Youth Ambassador Programme:
- Hiroshima International Soroptimist Peace Hiroshima
- International Soroptimist Hiroshima Central
- Rotary International District 2710
- Hiroshima City Government
- United Nations Information Center (UNIC)
- Chugoku Shimbun
2019 UNITAR Youth Ambassador Programme
The 2019 programme consisted of four workshops and a final debriefing session. Through the training UNITAR provides in its regular training programme, Youth Ambassadors have improved their skills in communication, presentation and team building. In the workshop, lectures focusing on various topics such as nuclear disarmament and the SDGs were given by former UN staff and young grassroots activists. For Youth Ambassadors, these trainings and lectures are an opportunity to think about what they can and should do as high school students in Hiroshima to achieve a nuclear-free world and achieve the SDGs by 2030.
In addition, the Youth Ambassadors had the opportunity to interact with trainees from South Sudan who participated in the training project “Entrepreneurship and Business Design in South Sudan” implemented by UNITAR Hiroshima Office. An “Egg Drop” training, aimed at team development, was jointly conducted for the Youth Ambassadors and the South Sudan trainees Through this joint session, the Youth Ambassadors were able to exchange various opinions with trainees from South Sudan, gain new perspectives, broaden their cultural perspective, and deepen friendship with trainees.
One of the highlights of the 2019 programme is the Open Symposium “Hiroshima Lecture” in the “Hiroshima Round-table 2019” sponsored by Hiroshima Prefecture. The Youth Ambassadors attended this international symposium on behalf of the youth of Hiroshima and had a deep discussion on nuclear disarmament with former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans. In a lively discussion, the Youth Ambassadors enthusiastically asked questions and provided important points about the present and future of nuclear disarmament.