Youth for TPNW

Youth for TPNW are excited to present the 2nd annual Youth MSP for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Along with some of our partner organisations, Youth for TPNW is proud to be hosting the second Youth MSP alongside the main MSP of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Between 27th November and 1st December 2023, advocates, policy experts, campaigners, UN officials, Parliamentarians, creatives and more from civil society and governments will be meeting to discuss progress of the treaty, the state of disarmament and non-proliferation and plan next steps. We want the leadership of young people to play a key role. That’s why we are running a programme of events across the week, as well as the 2nd Youth MSP Conference of the TPNW on the afternoon of the 28th November.

Last year, 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.

This year, we hope to once again bring youth together in person in New York City and online for a day of workshops, talks, advocacy and planning.

Delegate applications are now closed. Whilst we hope to once again provide some financial support to delegates we strongly expect delegates will have to make significant contributions (e.g. cover their travel) to participate in person; we hope to share communications soon to accepted delegates about our funding situation as well as other alternatives for securing sponsorship to attend.

If you want to learn more about what being a delegate to the Youth MSP is like and what Youth for TPNW contributed to the MSP have a read of last year’s programme and our impact report!

Applications are now open to be a delegate to the Youth MSP Conference in New York City or online in November 2023. Once delegates are appointed in spring 2023, 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.

The Youth MSP conference will be a full-on afternoon programme with social and community activities the days before and after, with other activities and advocacy actions across the week – allowing delegates to flexible engage with the main MSP proceedings. The Youth MSP conference 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.

Applications to join the Youth MSP as a delegate are now closed. If you want to get involved with the organising team or with 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 conference taking place on line and in person on 28th November 2023. Many delegates will be joining us fully online, while others will join us in New York City, in the United States of America.

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. All delegates will be added to a Slack workspace (an online community hub) where information (including a programme of events in the lead up to the MSP) will be shared and they will be able to connect with fellow delegates!

If you are joining us in person in New York City, expect an afternoon of workshops, discussion, talks, and networking as well as wider advocacy and social activity planned throughout the week. We also will be supporting delegates to take advocacy actions and/or arrange meetings around the time of the MSP with their political representatives. Last year, we were able to provide 2 nights accommodation as well as a per diem toward the cost of public transport and meals – we hope to do the same again this year (with accommodation on the nights of the 27th and 28th November).

A full programme will be published here and to delegates in the coming weeks.

Last year’s 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 New York at the time of the Youth MSP, please get in touch if you would like to join us for part of the day.

Get in touch and we’ll be happy to chat. No question is too big or too small! We’re still working on the programme and details for the event so we might not have all the answers yet, but we’ll be happy to help.