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Youth in Civil Society

Youth bring ideas, passion, innovation, along with unique perspectives and experiences to the United Nations. In turn, Department of Public Information (DPI) acknowledges young people as an asset and creative change makers.

  • Are you 18-32 years old?

  • Do you belong to an NGO associated with DPI?

  • Do you want to help make positive social changes – in your community,
    in your country and in the world?

  • Would you like to gain experience to help reach your education and career goals?

Contact the head of your organization to nominate you as an NGO Youth Representative to DPI. Each NGO formally associated with DPI may appoint 2 youth representatives annually. Additionally, all young people, ages 18 to 32, are welcome to participate and engage with our youth programmes. 

DPI NGO Youth Representatives Programme


 Some of the Benefits and Activities Include: 

Established in 2009, the Department of Public Information’s NGO Youth Representatives Programme serves as an advocacy platform to bring together young people ages 18 to 32 working within and/or leading NGOs or youth organizations that are in association with DPI and focused on issues on the agenda of the United Nations.

DPI NGO 66th Conference Youth Hub SDGs

NGOs associated with DPI are allocated two UN grounds passes for youth. Over 550 young people representing 500 NGOs from 100 countries across the globe are benefiting from the programme, giving them a voice on thematic issues of concern to youth. In so doing, young people in civil society are informed and better equipped to interact within civil society spaces at all levels and in their respective organizations. At the same time the Youth Representatives Programme offers DPI a unique advantage to strengthen its various youth platforms.

NGO Youth Representatives to DPI serve as liaisons for the interests of their NGOs, creating opportunities for intergenerational dialogue and mentorship. NGOs based away from the United Nations Headquarters in New York often rely upon Youth Representatives to capture and relay crucial information. Building on the increased participation of youth at the 66th DPI/NGO Conference, held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, DPI established a Youth Steering Committee, whose primary role is to advise the department on effective ways to collaborate with and develop programme for young people. 

DPI NGO Youth Representatives Programme Fact Sheet

  • A yearly UN Grounds Pass which allows access to the UN Headquarters, in New York

  • A one-day Orientation Programme for NGO Youth Representatives to DPI

  • Access to documents promoting youth activities at the DPI NGO Resource Centre

  • Access to youth-related public information events at the UN

  • Participation in the weekly Thursday Briefings

  • The opportunity to be a youth panellist at the weekly Thursday Briefings

  • Active involvement in two bi-annual Communications Workshops

  • Membership in the Youth Subcommittee as part of the Annual UN DPI NGO Conference Planning Committee

  • The chance to be a youth speaker at the Closing session of the Annual UN DPI NGO Conference

  • The opportunity to participate in social media coverage of the Annual UN DPI NGO Conference

  • Involvement in establishing a youth blog by and for youth

  • Organizing and promoting NGO youth events publicising issues and campaigns on the UN agenda using both traditional and new media

  • Providing opportunities for intergenerational cooperation and collaboration

  • Cooperating with UN programmes such as the UN Volunteers

DPI NGO Youth Representative speakingDPI NGO Youth Representatives Steering Committee 

DPI NGO Youth Representatives Steering Committee is composed of youth from NGOs associated with DPI, who are selected for a period of one year. DPI youth activities range from the annual Youth-led Briefing held yearly in the fall, to the design and implementation of social media campaigns on United Nations global initiatives. The Steering Committee advises the department on how to better engage with young people on issues on the UN agenda. Learn more...