The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) announces the launch of the 2016 Canadian Youth Delegate Programme to the United Nations (UN). The Youth Delegate Programme is one of the official channels for youth participation at the UN. Every year, selected youth delegates are provided the opportunity to join their national delegations at the UN General Assembly. Out of 193 UN Member States, roughly 30 send youth delegates every year.
L’Association canadienne pour les Nations Unites (l’ACNU) annonce le lancement du programme de la délégation canadienne de jeunes aux Nations Unies (l’ONU) 2016. Le programme de la délégation canadienne de jeunes à l’ONU est une manière de faire participer les jeunes aux processus de l’ONU dans une capacité officielle. Des 193 États membres, environ 30 ont des programmes pour inclure les jeunes dans leur représentation internationale.
Délégués 2016-2017 delegates
Ahsan Syed graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Western University, where he wrote an honours thesis on the economics of local food systems. Ahsan concurrently completed a BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, along with a certificate in Corporate Sustainability. He has had a number of experiences in the private sector, having worked in a strategy role with two startups, in an advisory role with a sustainability consulting firm, and in sales/marketing roles with PepsiCo Canada and ExxonMobil Canada.
Ahsan has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Board of Governors of Western University in a strategic/financial analysis capacity. During University, Ahsan led an international non-profit based out of the Ivey Business School called the LEADER Project for two years. Overseeing a team of 36 HBA/MBA students, he managed the execution of an entrepreneurial education program with NGO and University partners across nine countries. Through the program, Ahsan personally mentored and coached over 150 entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Haiti, Guyana, and Chile and published two international business cases.
Dalia Tejeda Alix aged 24, is one of the two youth delegates from Canada. She holds a double Bachelor degree including a Bachelor in Law (Civil Law License) and an Honours Bachelor of Social Science in International Development and Globalization (Magna Cum laude). She has been actively involved in her student community for the past 3 years through the student executive board and as a member of different societies.
She is currently working for the Federal Department of Employment and Social Development Canada as a Legal Student. She has previously assisted in executing refugee sponsorship programs, and has also analyzed legal policies and regulations regarding the management of intellectual property in the healthcare sector. Dalia has participated in a field research in Taiwan regarding Taiwan’s Indigenous People and communities which has resulted in a common published book with her peers. She speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently.
Dalia is currently completing a Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa. She believes that access to justice and strong institutions are a key component to insure inclusive and peaceful societies. She is passionate about youth engagement in global affairs and hopes to pursue a career in international law. Dalia feels honored to represent her country and is planning to share this experience with as much young Canadians as possible through the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Blogs by the 2016 Canadian Youth Delegates to the UN: blog-post-ii