Representing Ukraine this year at the United Nations Youth Delegate Program were Nargis Mokhd and Roman Tymotsko.  In their speeches at a special forum during the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly they drew attention to Russia’s war against Ukraine.  “So far, the Russian aggression [in Ukraine] has claimed thirteen thousand lives and left thirty thousand wounded, as well as forced about one and a half million people out of their homes in temporarily occupied Donbas and Crimea,” stated Nargis Mokhd.

Roman Tymotsko recalled the story of the internationally condemned Russian attack on three Ukrainian vessels in November of last year in the Kerch Strait area. The Russian navy seized the three Ukrainian ships with 24 sailors on board and held them for nearly 300 days until their recent release.

Tymotsko underscored that “many Ukrainians are still illegally imprisoned, as well as millions are facing gross human rights violations committed by Russia in the temporary occupied Ukrainian territories, namely Crimea and parts of the Donbas region.”

You can view a video of their presentations here:

The UN describes the importance of its Youth Delegate program as follows:

“Participation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council. The youth delegate program is coordinated by the Focal Point on Youth at the global level, but it is the responsibility of the Member States to establish a youth delegate program at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country. The roles of a youth representative varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participate in their delegation’s general work through attending meetings and informal negotiations.”

Also, “youth delegates can participate in several intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations. Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.”

Naglis Mokhd, Ukrainian delegate at UN Youth Delegate Program 2019

Photo at top of page: Roman Tymotsko, Ukrainian Youth Delegate at the UN