Along with some of our partner organisations, Youth for TPNW is proud to be hosting the first ever Youth MSP alongside the main MSP of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The Youth MSP brought together more than 130 young people from around the globe with a passion for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The Youth for TPNW delegates bring expertise in advocacy, policy, creativity, campaigning, law, and so many other fields.
The Youth MSP took place in person and online. The in-person event saw around 80 young delegates at the Austria Center on June 21 2022 for a day of workshops, talks, advocacy and planning. Online participants took part in a series of workshops and were able to contribute to discussions taking place in Vienna.
In June 2022, lawmakers, diplomats, campaigners and civil society gathered from all over the world in Vienna for the first Meeting of State Parties (MSP) of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Parliamentarians, advocates, policy experts, campaigners, creatives, UN officials, and many more participants from civil society and governments discussed the progress of the treaty, the state of disarmament and non-proliferation, and planned what’s next for the treaty.
We’ve put together an impact report to update on what Youth for TPNW contributed to the MSP and why the Youth MSP was a vital component of the overall negotiations.
Applications are now open to be a delegate to the Youth Conference in Vienna or online in March 2022. Once delegates are appointed in early 2022, all delegates will be involved in creating a policy document, an advocacy campaign, and anything else which they would like to put together as a global group. They will also be invited to spread the word about the TPNW and nuclear disarmament in their home country among young people.
Delegates will then be invited to join the Youth MSP in Vienna in March 2022. This will be a full-on one-day programme with social and community activities the days before and after, and will include the presentation of the youth proposals policy document to the main conference. The conference will be fully hybrid, with the option to join remotely.
We’ll follow up the conference with events, feedback sessions, and online meetings.
We have now closed applications to join the Youth MSP as a delegate or on the organisational committee. Please watch this space for the next round of applications to join the Youth for TPNW team and for the next Youth MSP in 2024.
If you want to get involved in Youth for TPNW more broadly, fill in our get involved form and we would love to hear from you. We chat one-on-one with every new person who wants to get involved so there is plenty of time for questions and conversation.
The Youth MSP is a day-long conference taking place on 21 June 2022. Many delegates will be joining us fully online, while others will join us at the Austria Centre in central Vienna.
If you are joining us online, expect livestreams of keynote speeches, tailored workshops, panel discussions, conversations about policy, and an open discussion about the future of youth engagement with the TPNW.
If you are joining us in person in Vienna, expect a full day of workshops, discussion, talks, and networking. We are planning to provide accommodation for in-person participants on the nights of 20 and 21 June, with social and advocacy activity planned for the evening of 20 June and the morning of 22 June.
A full programme will be published here and to delegates shortly.
As Youth for TPNW, we are hoping to fund or subsidise accommodation for two nights, travel within Vienna on these days, and a small daily food budget. We will share finalised details of this with delegates directly shortly.
The 130 delegates were selected based on applications to Youth for TPNW from a highly competitive field. The delegates come from all across the world, with 5 different continents represented, and bring expertise in humanitarian law, non-proliferation policy, climate activism, creative campaigning, and communications, to name just a few.
The delegates are all aged between 18-30. We hope to engage with under-18s at future Youth MSPs, but did not have the infrastructure to ensure proper safeguarding practices were in place for the 2022 Youth MSP.
Other delegates to the event will include young representatives from some of our partner organisations. If you are a young person planning to be in Vienna at the time of the Youth MSP, please get in touch if you would like to join us for part of the day.