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Apply to be
The Next Canadian Youth Delegate

Call for candidatures to the 76th World Health Assembly (WHA) and 60th Pan American Health Organization Directing Council (PAHO-DC)
Background Information

The 76th WHA will take place during May 2023. The WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) and one of the largest health policy-setting forums.  It brings together health ministers and health representatives from the 194 WHO Member States.

In September 2023, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will be hosting the Pan American Health Organization Directing Council. This Conference is the governing authority of the Organization, meeting every year to determine its policies.

A youth delegate has been attending the WHA and the PAHO DC with the Canadian delegation for the past 6 years. They have been working with the Government of Canada over the past few years to increase youth participation in this event.

This opportunity comes from the recognition of the important role that youth play in the world, and the importance of youth participation - “The underlying principle to youth participation in the work of the United Nations is that it leads to better policy and programmatic responses to the problems facing young people today. Not only do youth delegates enrich the debate and policy dialogue, but they also strengthen existing channels of communication and cooperation between Governments and young people.”

The delegate will be selected by a committee composed of representatives from a number of youth, student, and professional organizations working in global health.
Eligibility Criteria


  1. Be a Canadian citizen and hold a valid Canadian passport;

  2. Be between 18 and 30 years of age;

  3. Be able to attend all preparatory meetings and the entirety of the WHA and PAHO DC;

  4. Be currently a student or a young professional in a field relevant to global health governance, practice, or policy (i.e., international relations, social sciences, anthropology, health policy, health sciences, clinical care, or public health).

Application documents

  1. Motivation letter (completed in the online form)

  2. C.V. (sent through the online application form)

  3. Recommendation letter from the professional or academic supervisor (sent via email from reference directly to Canadian Youth Delegate)

  4. Recommendation letter from peer (sent via email from reference directly to Canadian Youth Delegate)

Applications will be evaluated based on:
• Past experience in global health
• Involvement in a global health-related student network or university program
• Understanding of global health policy and the nature of the work at the WHA
• Quality of application documents and recommendation letters

Application Deadline

The application deadline is September 15th, 2022 at 23:59 EST.
Unfortunately, any application received after the deadline, or any incomplete application will not be considered.

Financial support will be available for the selected candidate. Participants may need to pay costs upfront, but, accommodations and a per diem will be reimbursed after the participation. Flights will be arranged in advance. Details will be provided to the selected candidate.
Finally, the selected candidate may also be given the opportunity to participate in other Global Health policymaking events as members of the Canadian delegation during the year to follow.

For any questions about the application process please contact Canadian Youth Delegate

Thank you for considering participating in the WHA and PAHO DC as a member of the Canadian Delegation!

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