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WFUNA Young Leader of the Year 2021


WFUNA is pleased to announce its call for nominations for WFUNA Young Leader of 2021. WFUNA supports and encourages youth engagement and participation in the United Nations Associations and United Nations Youth Associations around the world through the WFUNA Youth Network. With this initiative, we want to highlight the contributions of thousands of young people to our organization and share their achievements with a wider audience.

What is this year's theme?

This year, the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year is focused on highlighting the role young people play in overcoming the global COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 marked the second year of the pandemic, and despite the roll out of vaccines, it is far from over. Continued efforts to overcome the pandemic from all parts of society are vital to return to normality and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Young people should not hesitate to rise to the challenge as they can play a key role in overcoming – and recovering from – the global pandemic, while upholding the values of the United Nations. Therefore, we encourage nominations of young people that are working to: 

  • Participate actively in efforts to respond to and overcome the pandemic;
  • Contribute to challenging negative stereotypes associated with young people seen as spoilers to an effective response; 
  • Find creative and innovative solutions to continue implementing youth programs amidst challenges posed by COVID-19; 
  • Make upholding human rights central to recovery plans.

Who is an ideal WFUNA Young Leader?

A WFUNA Young Leader of the Year has to be able to inspire other youth looking to get involved in global issues. An ideal candidate shows:

  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Grassroots work on responding COVID-19 pandemic
  • Commitment and integrity towards improving the lives of others

In addition, the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year is:

  • Between 15-29 years old
  • A member of a United Nations Association or United Nations Youth Association
The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2022.
If you have questions, send us an email to
*Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted.