UN Youth Australia runs programs each year that work to ensure young Australians are broadly represented at all levels of government, both locally and on a global stage.
We work closely with government organisations, NGOs and other partners to prepare consultations, submissions and policy recommendations. UN Youth Australia is one of the largest active networks of young people in the country, reaching over 20,000 young Australians every year. Our past representation programs include YouthSpeak, Count Us In and the Global Development Summit.
Youth Representative to the UN
The Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations is appointed annually in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Under the age of 25, the youth representative travels over 10,000kms across Australia on a comprehensive listening tour hearing young Australian’s views on the issues facing them. In October, they travel to New York to represent these views at the United Nations General Assembly.
The Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2017 has now been selected. Applications for 2018 will open in late 2017.
UN Youth Australia runs consultations throughout the year with young people on policy toward domestic and international issues. Our large network of students aged 12-25 across the country, in metropolitan and regional areas, allows us respond to policy questions and submissions quickly and comprehensively.
Our consultation programs allow any young Australia to develop an informed opinion on an issue, regardless of their previous knowledge or experience. We maintain our peer-to-peer approach throughout them.