Today, the Business-Club IMAGURU in Minsk hosted an official ceremony to appoint 13 members of the new UN Youth Advisory Panel (UN YAP) in Belarus.
The event was attended by UN resident coordinators, United Nations Development Programme Resident Coordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha, the representative of UNICEF in Belarus, Rashed Mustafa, Deputy Representative of the UN Development Programme in Belarus, Ekaterina Paniklova, Deputy Representative of United Nations Population Fund in Belarus, Alena Kas′ko, Deputy Head of global policy and humanitarian cooperation of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus, Irina Velichko, and head of Swiss Embassy in Belarus Aldo de Luca. On behalf of the International Advisory Council of the United Nations spoke Alexander Mole.
“One of the main challenges for young people today is the lack of opportunities for full participation in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. Unfortunately, young people are often excluded from informal decision-making processes. With the right investment, they can realize their potential as individuals, leaders, and actors of change and social justice advocates. That is why we need a United Nations Youth Advisory Panel” said Sanaka Samarasinha in his welcoming speech.
Youth Advisory Panel is an advisory body which will, if necessary, make recommendations to the organizations of the UN system in the field of youth, as well as to participate in the activities of UN agencies, affecting young people.
The activities of the UNYAP will be guided by UN programme of action, the work plan of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the World Programme of Action for Youth, and the system-wide plan of action for the United Nations in relation to young people.