The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the government of Japan are calling on young people to apply for an innovative learning program “Youth Leader Fund for a World Without Nuclear Weapons”.
The new learning program aims to equip future leaders with the knowledge, skills, and network to join global efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons – the most dangerous weapons on earth.
The program is seeking youth who are motivated to use their talents to promote change for a more peaceful and secure world.
The selected participants will receive training in general principles of nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control through online courses, with a selected cohort going on a week-long in-person study tour to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The future leaders will also exchange ideas with disarmament experts from think tanks, civil society organizations, media, and the diplomatic field, and will be provided with the opportunity to develop practical skills and know-how to engage and practically contribute to issues related to nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.
Importantly, participants will learn about the lessons that the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, called hibakusha, have long been sharing about the unimaginable suffering caused by nuclear weapons. As the hibakusha continue to age, their powerful stories and appeals to eliminate nuclear weapons must be carried forward by future generations.
The intention is to bring together an eclectic and geographically diverse group of advocates for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament aged between 18 and 29 years.
Young people interested or active in international affairs, such as government or civil society organizations, as well as those with a background or interest in education, academia, journalism, industry, and other areas, are encouraged to apply.
The program will provide foundational skills and knowledge including disarmament, non-proliferation and development-related issues; conflict prevention and resolution; arms control; confidence- and security-building measures. All topics will be examined in the context of working for a world free of nuclear weapons. Participants will also hone their leadership, communications, and related skills.
- An official certificate of completion from UNODA on successful completion of the online component.
- Opportunity to acquire a solid knowledge base on key disarmament and non-proliferation issues through an interactive online component lasting 4 months.
- Opportunity to enhance skills through skill-building workshops and live webinars.
- A 6-day study tour to Japan upon successful completion of the online component. (Selected 50 participants)
- The opportunity of mentoring the next cohort of aspiring youth leaders.
- At least 18 years old on 1 January 2023,
- Not older than 29 years old on 31 July 2023 (closing date of the call for application),
- Birth date between 1 August 1993 and 1 January 2005, and
- Must be proficient in English.
- Applicants will have to register an account on the official application portal to make the application. (Available on the apply link.)
- After completing account registration, applicants will have to log in to the account and fill out the online application form to complete the application process.
Application Deadline: July 31, 2023Application ClosedOfficial link