Open call for a Youth Delegate to United Nations Commission for Population and Development

Posted March 5th 2019

SEE ALSO: Apply to sit on the Selection Committee to choose the delegate


The Inter-Council Network has opened applications for a youth delegate to the United Nations 52nd Commission for Population and Development (CPD 52) in New York, which will take place April 1-5, 2019.

Global Affairs Canada is seeking a youth delegate to serve as a participant on the Canadian delegation to the CPD 52. The chosen youth delegate will attend the conference as part of the Official Canadian Delegation in attendance, thus this is a fully funded opportunity.

The CPD is the key UN body responsible for follow-up on the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action (PoA) and monitoring the implementation of key population and development commitments made by 179 countries in 1994.



The chosen youth will ideally have the following qualifications:

  • Previous experience working on UN resolutions or attending UN meetings
  • Experience and knowledge in sexual and reproductive health, and gender equality
  • Between the ages of 18-29 during the time of the CPD 52
  • Bilingual in French and English is an asset
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

The youth delegate is expected to support the Head of the Canadian delegation by sharing their perspective on key issues being discussed at the annual session. The youth delegate would also function as an observer at side-events, presentations in plenary, and other relevant meetings. Following the end of the CPD session, the delegate will prepare a report with key takeaways, lessons learned and recommendations to GAC for future consideration and to share with the sector.


Why Youth Engagement is Important

Youth play an integral role in the international community’s effort to achieve a sustainable world.

“There are more young people in the world than ever before, creating unprecedented potential for economic and social progress,” writes the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

With about 1.8 billion young people worldwide between the ages of 10 and 24, actively engaging youth in decision-making processes enables intergenerational collaboration to truly implement Sustainable Development Goal 17 – inclusive partnerships that collectively seek solutions that benefit our society, the planet, and its inhabitants.

Strengthening intergenerational collaboration entails providing mentorship and education of youth, as well as valuing young people’s opinions and creative solutions. More importantly, by further promoting youth participation and engagement, we are creating a momentum of fostering stewardship and sustainable development values amongst the future designers, politicians, engineers and architects of the world. Investing in the next generation of young leaders will yield positive results — long term and short term — that contribute to the global integration of the Sustainable Development Goals and more robust climate and social justice actions.


To Apply

If you are motivated to participate, please submit to before Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST. Please put “[CDP 52 Delegate Application] Your Name” as the subject of the e-mail. Late and incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

What you need to submit:

Please submit your CV/résumé and a letter of motivation (max. 1 page) containing answers to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to join the Canadian delegation?
  • How would you contribute to Canada’s engagement and how is your experience/knowledge aligned with the theme of the CPD session?
  • Do you have access to a network of youth that can further enrich and inform Canada’s engagement at the CPD?
  • Do you have experience with analyzing and synthesizing information, report writing, as well as advocacy using social media?
  • List any past and/or current experiences relevant to sustainable development, global health, and/or gender equality

You may also submit any supplementary information about yourself in a creative manner: an essay, a poem, or a video, but this is optional. Know that opportunities like this are rare and you will be competing with equally qualified individuals.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday March 12, 2019 11:00 a.m. CST