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In 2010, UNITAR implemented a Youth Ambassador Programme to provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the United Nations system as well as careers in diplomacy and international affairs through participation in UNITAR events. The Programme selects a small group of high-school students each year to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and connect globally with internati onal experts in different fields.

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In 2021, UNITAR appointed ITS Education Asia to expand the programme into the Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme. This will start in Hong Kong in late 2021 and over the coming years will bring this opportunity to youth in an ever widening circle of empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. See the press release here.

Programme content and outcomes

The programme will take place over 10 Saturdays with 6 hours of participation per day. Sessions will be led by UNITAR staff, ITS SDG teachers, and a variety of experts from members and partners of StartmeupHK, HKTDC, World Economic Forum, UpLink, KIDsforSDGs, Catalyst 2030, Learning Planet and many more.

Mode: Online and in-person combined
Format: Various - lectures, webinars, task-based problem and more
Time (HKT): Session 1: 13:30-16:00
Session 2: 16:30-18:30


  • receive official United Nations Institute of Training & Research certificate
  • become a UNITAR Youth Ambassador, Asia Pacific
  • gain access to the global SDG education network
  • attend real-life UN and other international events e.g. UN General Assembly (both live stream and in-person)
  • qualify for nomination to UN youth committees and organizations


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was created in 1963 to train young diplomats from newly-independent UN Member States to function in the diplomatic environment.

Over the years, UNITAR has acquired unique expertise and experience in designing and delivering a variety of training activities and its strategy is fully focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using four of the five thematic pillars - Peace, People, Planet & Prosperity.

UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to the most vulnerable. UNITAR programmes are delivered both face-to-face and via e-Learning and overseen from UNITAR’s Headquarters in Geneva.

The Institute is a project-based organization and does not receive any funds from the regular United Nations budget. UNITAR is financed from voluntary contributions derived mainly from UN Member States, other UN agencies, international and intergovernmental foundations NGOs and the private sector.


UNITAR founded


First Youth Ambassador Programme takes place


Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme launched


The 2021 inaugural Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme will be accepting nominations from schools from June 2021.

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