Milestones and Endorsements from the UN and WHO
Interestingly, not only do the Member States and the Youth benefit from the inclusion of Youth Delegates! Here are some relevant milestones in UN and WHO’s acknowledgement, who have formally endorsed and pushed for this change:
“Include Youth Representatives in their national delegations to the General Assembly and other relevant United Nations meetings, thus enhancing and strengthening the channels of communication through the discussion of youth-related issues, with a view to finding solutions to the problems confronting youth in the contemporary world.”, UN General Assembly – World Program of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond
“The World Health Organization encourages Member States to include youth in their national delegations to the World Health Assembly.”, World Health Organization, 2018
And then, very recently and very clearly, Youth Delegate Programs had the strongest endorsement possible at the opening remarks of the WHO Director General at the 2023 WHO Executive Board Meeting (152nd Session):
So, the current standing point is: We want it. We are officially endorsed to go after it.
As such, the question remaining is: What to do now?
As IFMSA has been taking a lead in these advocacy efforts, we organize ourselves in a way the NMOs take under their responsibility the actual advocacy work with their governments, while IFMSA strives to provide in the best way possible, relevant resources and guidance whenever needed.