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Represent the UK at UN High Level Political Forum


The UK will sending a delegation across to the Forum later this month to present the UK's Voluntary National Review on its progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. This will consist of a 3 day visit to New York, 15th - 17th July 2019, in which the UK will present its work to the rest of the UN attendees. The UK’s Voluntary National Review which will be presented at the Forum, was launched last week: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uks-voluntary-national-review-of-the-sustainable-development-goals

The Department of International Development have agreed to incorporate into the delegation a youth delegate to accompany the Secretary of State on stage during the UK’s Voluntary National Review presentation; specifically to be able to speak about climate change. This is a truly unrivalled opportunity to be invited to and actively participate at the highest level of multilateral engagement.

The opportunity will be fully funded, in so far as flights accommodation and in conference costs will be covered.

For the Youth Delegate we are looking for the following:

  • Strong evidence of engagement with SDGs, demonstrating an extensive knowledge base and track record of work in this space.

  • Specialist knowledge on the problem of climate change.

  • Experience presenting at high level events and conferences.

To be eligible to represent the UK at the UN High Level Political Forum you must:

  • Be aged between 18 - 30 years old at the time of the Forum; 

  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom and hold a valid UK passport;

  • Be able to attend Summit for its entire duration and participate in the pre-Forum preparation on regular basis.

Due to the proximity of the Forum and the amount of pre-Forum work required, we have to run an extremely tight application window if a youth delegate is to attend. We apologise that this is the case, and unfortunately we have only been given the go ahead from the Department of International Development today. As such the deadline for applications will be midnight Wednesday 3rd July 2019.