Gahigi Mugwaneza Arielle and Mr. Habineza Kabuba Jean Michel have emerged the best successful candidates to the post of UN Youth Delegates-Rwanda after different steps of selection they had undergone.
The National Youth Council (NYC), November 15, announced that the two delegates will represent Rwandan Youth in United Nations sessions related to youth matters and will serve a two-year non renewable term from 2012-2014.
The post is voluntary and is not remunerated.
The youth delegate programme is coordinated by the UN Programme on Youth at the global level, but it is the responsibility of the Member States to establish a youth delegate programme at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country.
The roles of a youth representative varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participate in their delegation’s general work through attending meetings and informal negotiations.
Youth delegates can participate in several intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations. Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.
The two delegates replace from now former UN delegates i.e. Ms. Karine Rusaro Utamuriza and Mr. Aloys Ntezimana both nominated in 2009.
The NYC will support the two UNYD to showcase Rwandan Youth achievements, experience and to advocate for youth challenges at international level.
Rwanda is reportedly among few African countries that have set the programme.
Other African countries include Ghana, Botswana and Tanzania.
The programme in the country was initiated in 2008 though it was approved by the UN in 1981.
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