United Nations Youth Association - Ghana

Who We Are

WHAT IS UNITED NATIONS YOUTH ASSOCIATION GHANA (UNYA-GHANA)?

UNYA GHANA is a youth led non profit organization that models the UN Agenda. It is The People’s Movement of The United Nations.

UNYAs must be in every country and must work in collaboration with their UNAs.

UNAs and UNYAs in thier various countries must work with government especially The Foreign Affairs Ministry.

In 2011, UNYA GHANA was registered, launched at Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Center in 2012 and officially adopted as the Youth Wing of UNA GHANA.

UNYA GHANA currently has over 5000 members and have a very strong presence in all sixteen regions.

The organization has established alot of initiatives that models the UN agenda on peace and security, SDGs and most importantly the promotion of UN security council resolution 2250.

Resolution 2250 calls for the youth participation in the decision making process and this has been the motivation for initiating these projects.

275 Youth MPs,
Youth Ministers,
District Youth Courts,
Youth Delegates Program.
Campus Clubs.

We also have teams that each member is encouraged to join, depending on their interest or background.

Teams(In no particular order)

  • Entertainment Team
  • Medical Team
  • Counseling Team
  • Sports Team
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Team
  • General volunteers Team
  • Media Team
  • Protocol Team
  • Security Team
  • SDG Teams (Identify a Goal)
  • Parliamentary Team(Youth MPs)
  • Ministerial Team(Youth Ministers)
  • Chaplaincy
  • Legal Team
  • Adminstrative Team

These teams are now regional based and the Regional Coordinators are the ones in charge of all the initiatives within a region.

Our Vision

A formidable, informed, empowered Ghanaian youth working to achieve the UN objectives.

Our Mission

Our operation is based on the fifteen sectors of the World Programme of Action for Youth; namely education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment, substance abuse, juvenile justice, leisure-time activities, girls and young women and the full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making, as well as globalization, information and communication technologies, HIV/AIDS, armed conflict, and inter-generational issues.
We also focus on enhancing youth participation in decision-making process at all levels, increase their influence on national development, international cooperation.

We Pursue Our Mission

Providing a link for engagement between the UN and the youth of Ghana.

Building a critical mass of youth support drawn from a wide network including the general public, tertiary institutions, senior and Junior high school for the UN.

Connecting with the youth, orienting our members on the ideals and goals of the UN and supporting them to contribute to achieving the UN goals.

Organizing lectureship and youth debates on how to improve the UN to become more efficient, inclusive and responsive.

Providing a platform for engagement among people, government institutions and organizations to the UN’s works and values

Connecting relevant stakeholders locally and internationally to advance international cooperation and adopt multilateral approach to addressing global challenge.

Serving as the mouthpiece for the Ghanaian youth to advocate for good governance and active participation of Ghana at the UN

What We believe

It is our deepest conviction that a stronger United Nations hinged on trust, strong international cooperation and the involvement of stakeholders will lead to social progress, peace and development and a better life for all.

Our Core values

  • Integrity and ethical values; we hold ourselves to moral principles
  • Direct, open and honest communication; we encourage people to share their ideas and concerns, both positive and negative.
  • Commitment; We are committed to the ideals, values and principles of the United Nations
  • Continual self-improvement / self renewal
  • People as the source of our strength; we mobilize people and empower them with knowledge to contribute to building a better world.
  • Team-orientation / commitment to each other
  • Creativity / innovation / risk-taking; we adopt new ideas and ICT-enabled solutions to reach out to all stakeholders.

How We Are Funded

UNAYAGH is mainly funded through donor grants, member dues, donations and sponsorship from organizations

How we are Governed

The United Nations Youth Association – Ghana (UNYAGH) is registered as limited by guarantee. The Association is governed by Board of Directors made up of experts and elected secretary-generals of the various Chapters.