UN Youth Advisory Panel Launched in Belarus

On July 8, the official ceremony dedicated to the appointment of the UN Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) in Belarus took place at the IMAGURU business club in Minsk. The event was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, UNICEF Representative Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Ekaterina Paniklova, UNFPA Assistant Representative Elena Kasko, Deputy Head of the Department for the Global Politics and Humanitarian Cooperation, General Department of Multilateral Diplomacy of the MFA in Belarus Irina Velichko as well as the Head of the Swiss Embassy in Belarus Aldo de Luca.

On July 8, the official ceremony dedicated to the appointment of the UN Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) in Belarus took place at the IMAGURU business club in Minsk.

The event was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, UNICEF Representative Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Ekaterina Paniklova, UNFPA Assistant Representative Elena Kasko, Deputy Head of the Department for the Global Politics and Humanitarian Cooperation, General Department of Multilateral Diplomacy of the MFA in Belarus Irina Velichko as well as the Head of the Swiss Embassy in Belarus Aldo de Luca.

— One of the main challenges for youth today is lack of opportunities for meaningful participation and engagement in decision–making around the world. Unfortunately, young people are often sidelined from formal decision–making processes. With the right investments, they can reach their potential as individuals, leaders, agents of change and promoters of social justice. This is why we need a Youth Advisory Panel in the UN system, — noted Sanaka Samarasinha in his welcoming speech.

Member of the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel Alexander Krot expressed his confidence in productive cooperation between the Panel and various agencies of the UN system. — Young people have both the capacity and the potential to make positive changes. Youth is ready to take on the problems facing our world today, and most importantly - to address them. Young people, as the heirs of today's challenges and future leaders should be involved in the formulation and implementation of a new development program, — said Alexander Krot.

The Youth Advisory Panel is a consultative body, which is designed to make recommendations to the UN bodies on issues related to youth as well as to participate in those activities of the UN agencies, which affect the interests of young people.

In its activities, the UN Youth Advisory Panel will be guided by the UN Secretary General’s five–year Action Agenda for Youth, the Workplan of the Secretary–General’s Envoy on Youth, the World Programme of Action for Youth for the period until 2000 and beyond as well as United Nations System–wide Action Plan on Youth (Youth–SWAP).

More photos from the event are here.