The United Nations Association Youth Platform (UNA-YP) is a collaborative national project bringing together all youth UNAs, Model United Nations (MUN) societies, and other relevant youth clubs, societies, and organisations across the United Kingdom.
It has three aims
National Youth Discussion Forum
It aims to provide a national landscape for the discussion of real international youth issues, pertaining both to the UK and to the wider world, hosting national events and campaigns to spread awareness and provide young people a voice on the global stage. To provide a national body to share best practices and support the development of local youth MUN and UN-related societies a well as the UK Model UN circuit of conferences.
UN Youth Delegate Programme
It aims to campaign for the establishment of the UK’s official UN Youth Delegate Programme, and once established, take an active role in the selection process for a young person to join the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Delegation to the UN General Assembly. As a founding member of the United Nations, and a member with a permanent seat on the Security Council, UNA-YP believes that UK should set an example to others by including youth delegates in their missions.
Supporting UK MUN Circuit
It aims to position itself as a national body to discuss best practices, issues and developments pertaining to the UK Model UN circuit of conferences, and provide support by whatever means possible to local youth MUN and UN-related societies, associations and groups to aid their expansion and development. The UK MUN circuit has been a benchmark for informed, realistic simulations of international diplomacy, being home to renowned conferences such as London International MUN (LIMUN) and Cambridge University International MUN (CUIMUN).