How To Become Youth Observer to the UN 2023/2024

Last Updated on April 5, 2023

The UNA-USA Youth Observer to the UN elevates youth voices in the global policy dialogue around international issues. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage and connect young people in the U.S. to the work of the United Nations.

Youth Observer to the UN

The Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates as a UNA-USA delegate at UN conferences. UNA-USA’s Youth Observer also attends UN briefings, organizes events, and participates in coalitions to support a strong U.S.-UN partnership. The most critical role of the Youth Observer is to engage young Americans in the work of the UN, empowering them to be active participants to foster a greater global impact.

This position requires a commitment of approximately 8-10 hours a week and travel to New York City, Washington D.C. and internationally 5-10 times a year. As a nongovernmental organization, UNA-USA has special consultative status with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, that enables a youth observer to participate in various UN forums.


Applicant must be an active UNA-USA Member for at least 1 year. Qualified individuals are:

  • Passionate and entrepreneurial about civic engagement, youth issues, and the United Nations.
  • Experienced advocates with a track record of grassroots outreach and motivating others to take action.
  • Talented writers, capable of digesting complicated information and quickly turning around blog posts to inform other youth.
  • Social media savvy individuals with creative ideas for digital engagement.
  • Intellectually curious and able to have meaningful conversations with high-level individuals.
  • Experienced public speakers who are enthusiastic about engaging with young Americans.
  • Dedicated to making the world a better place.


Applications are due by April 28 at 11:59 pm EST. If you have any questions regarding the application process, reach out to Rachel McCave, Senior Associate for Youth Engagement, at

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Youth Observer to the UN.

Deadline: April 28, 2023

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