Ubuntu United Nations Training Program for Youth in Human Rights & Social Justice [5 Seminars; Oct-Dec]: Register by Aug 30

ubuntu united nations training program for youth in human rights and social justice

The 1st edition of the Ubuntu United Nations (UUN) training program for youth in Human Rights and Social Justice is being organized by Ubuntu Leaders Academy and Ubuntu Global Network.

About Ubuntu Global Network

The Ubuntu Global Network is an informal network of Ubuntu Leaders Academy participants, with the aim of developing the values of servant leadership, ethics of care and bridge-building.

The UGN/ULA was founded in 2010, in Portugal, by IPAV (NGO), with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In 2017 ULA was recognised by the European Union as an awardee under the category of the 12 best practices in youth work. In 2019 it won the Education for Human Rights award (from the Organization of Ibero American States).

The organization gets its inspiration from world-renowned persons of reference namely, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Gandhi and Malala.

About Ubuntu Leaders Academy

The Ubuntu Leaders Academy (ULA) aims to develop the values of servant leadership, ethics of care and bridge-building in young people with high leadership potential from vulnerable contexts and who seek the common good of their communities.

ULA invites the participants on an inner journey that challenges the way they see themselves and relate to others, becoming able, as Gandhi said, “to fight for the change they want to see in the world, through the Ubuntu Method. It aims to form leaders who are capable of caring, listening, trusting and promoting reconciliation by building bridges and promoting human dignity.

ULA has engaged with around 12,000 youth people from more than 50 countries on 4 continents. Today, the project is present with delegations in 16 countries.

About UUN (Ubuntu United Nations)

The first edition of the Ubuntu United Nations (UUN) is an initiative of the Ubuntu Leaders Academy and of the Ubuntu Global Network. It will promote ethics of care, the building of bridges and servant leadership, underpinned by the Ubuntu philosophy and it will be implemented for young people and with young people from all around the world.

The initiative aims to convene young leaders from 193 countries with a seat at the United Nations endowed with a strong commitment to serving the common good, for a dialogue and training platform which aims to engage the participants in Human RightsSocial Justice and Sustainable Development promotion.  

The UUN will be chaired by José Ramos-Horta and co-chaired by John Volmink, President of the Ubuntu Global Network, and by Your Highness Princess Rym Ali of Jordania. 

The program includes a 25-hour training certificate with the participation of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, such as: Muhammad Yunus, Kailash Satyarthi and Leymah Gbowee.

English is the working language of the Ubuntu United Nations.

Key Features

  • 5 seminars, five hours each, on Sundays, between October 24 and December 19.
  • Online, through an Internet platform.
  • 3 youth leaders per country, with a strong commitment to serving the common good of their communities.
  • 193 United Nations countries represented.

Who is it for?

Country Delegations

  • Young people from the 193 countries with a seat at the United Nations
  • Youth leaders, with a strong commitment to serving the common good of their communities
  • Available and willing to go through the entire training program
  • English language fluency (upper-intermediate to advanced level)
  • Easy access to the Internet

Duration and Important Dates

  • May 16th: Registration opens
  • August 30th: Registration closes
  • September 26th: Pre-event of Ubuntu United Nations (meeting of regional delegations)


Training program – 5 themed-seminars (5 hours per day) on Sundays

  • Leading like Mandela: Peace and Reconciliation: October 24, 2021 (United Nations Day)
  • Building Bridges: Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue: November 17, 2021
  • Overcoming Obstacles: Overcoming poverty and social exclusion: November 21, 2021
  • Ubuntu Lives: Human Rights: December 5, 2021
  • I Have a Dream: Gender Equality and Environmental Protection: December 19, 2021 (International day of Human Solidarity)

How to Apply?

  • The participants will be selected from applications received by August 30, 2021, by filling the online registration form.
  • In this form you need to:
    • Attach 1 photo of yourself
    • Share a YouTube link containing a 3-minute video (maximum), in English, introducing yourself and letting the organizers know about your motivation to attend the Ubuntu training

Selection Process

  • Registration is completed when all of the fields of the form have been filled-in, namely the YouTube link with the presentation and motivation video, in English).
  • Applications will be analyzed according to the following criteria:
    • Compliance with the criteria identified for the recipients of the initiative
    • Being a national of one of the 193 countries with a seat at the UN
    • Available and committed to complete the entire training program
    • English language fluency
    • Internet access
    • Motivation to participate in the Ubuntu United Nations (1st edition)
    • Alignment with the values, principles and purpose of the initiative
  • 3 participants will be selected per country. The jury will be made up of members of the Ubuntu Leaders Academy, members of the Ubuntu Global Network, and other partners.
  • After analyzing the applications, candidates will be contacted, via email.
  • Selection of the candidates will be announced on September 30th.

Application Fee

Participation in the Ubuntu United Nations (1st edition) is entirely free of charge.

Project Evaluation

The Ubuntu Leaders Academy and the Ubuntu Global Network attach great importance to the evaluation, so each training session is subjected to qualitative evaluation and also to impact assessment, whose results will be presented at the end of the entire training process.


The Ubuntu Leaders Academy and the Ubuntu Global Network will award a certificate of participation at the end of the training program, to all participants who have fully attended the sessions and complied with the regulations of the Ubuntu United Nations (1st edition).

Contact Information

Please contact the Secretariat of the Ubuntu United Nations via e-mail at unitednations@ubuntuleadersacademy.org if you have any questions or need support in filling the application form.

Click here for more information.

Click here to apply for the Ubuntu United Nations Program.

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