United Nations General Assembly - The faces and voices of Scouts
Scouts will be at the UN General Assembly between 16 and 26 September. The team of young people from across the world will be representing World Scouting at meetings in and around the UN Headquarters. Topics will range across sustainable development, gender equality, children’s rights, refugees and migration, humanitarian action and peacebuilding. They will also use this opportunity to showcase how Scouts worldwide work to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For live updates on the #UNGA, subscribe to the Scouts@UNGA Twitter list and follow them. If you have any questions, input or good examples that you want to share with the delegation, feel free to get in touch via Twitter.
We had a tough time sifting through all the applications. We were amazed by the volume, diversity and quality of the applications. After much deliberation, we have shortlisted five passionate and experienced young people who will make our voices heard. Without further ado, we present to you our representatives to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
WOSM Representatives at UNGA:
Julius Kramer (Sweden)
Head of Delegation – Deputy International Commissioner, The Guides and Scouts of Sweden
Julius is a leader and youth advocate with experience in local mobilisation, regional development cooperation and global policy. He is passionate about the role young people, non-formal education and value-based leadership can play in sustainable peace and development. Julius’ engagements range from working with and learning from the Amahoro Amani project for youth-led development, conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes to facilitating youth involvement in UN processes. He was recently part of the Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS (UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem) where he led the global youth consultation.
Seruya Faustina Damasco (Curaçao)
Communication Officer, Scouting Antiano
Seruya is the project director of a programme subsidised by the government of Curaçao, which aims to develop the entrepreneurial abilities of disadvantaged women through non-formal and vocational education. The project contributes to the creation of employment opportunities and economic growth by supporting and empowering its beneficiaries to launch their own businesses, with the objective of increasing gender equality especially in local communities, and contributing to socio-economic development in rural areas. She is one of the activists fighting against gender stereotypes through the #likeagirl national campaign, and is actively involved in the National Scout Organization of Curaçao.
Nathaniel Likabi (Cameroon)
International Commissioner, Les Scouts du Cameroun
Nathaniel is a b advocate for the protection of children and young people from violence. Being originally from the North of Cameroon (Mokolo), a locality affected by the Boko Haram terrorist attacks, he is well aware of how conflict and violent extremism affects children, young people and women. These challenges motivated him to join the Scout movement and to volunteer in refugee camps. Another aspect of his engagement relates to the environmental challenges facing the Sahel zone of Cameroon, where Scouts along with other young people engage in environmental activities to inspire their communities.
Caitlin Weich (New Zealand)
Zone Venturer Leader, Scouts New Zealand
It was her passion for advocacy work and youth participation in community development that led Caitlin to represent the voices of young people from New Zealand on the international stage, in the Asia-Pacific Scout region. Her experience in youth advocacy in Scouting gave Caitlin an intercultural interest and deeper understanding of policy issues, specifically relating to youth engagement, empowerment, and intergenerational dialogue. Caitlin currently sits in New Zealand’s National Youth Council, working to amplify the voices of young people in national decision-making, and has great experience in working with a variety of stakeholders and decision-makers, from private companies to the Parliament.
Andriy Kolobov (Ukraine)
External Representative, National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine
Being actively engaged in youth policy at both the national and European level, Andriy has vast experience in working with government institutions, bringing international best practices in the field of youth policies to Ukrainian public institutions. Among other things, Andriy has contributed to the improvement of proceedings for financial support to youth NGOs in Ukraine. He has been involved in the establishment of a representative National Youth Council in Ukraine since 2015.
Alexandru Coica (Moldova)
Delegation coordinator – External Relations manager, World Scout Bureau
Alexandru has vast experience as a civil society and youth advocate. Starting off as a local youth volunteer in Moldova, he has been working with international youth policies for the past few years. During his tenure at the East Europe Foundation, he managed grant programmes related to youth participation, social entrepreneurship and non-discrimination. Since 2011, Alexandru has been a member of the Advisory Council on Youth, Council of Europe, taking an active part in designing participatory youth policies in Europe. He has been the Chair of the European Youth Forum’s Consultative Body on Membership Applications since 2015.