The Rising Role of Youth in Multilateralism with Maria Isabelle Wieser
How should the UN involve and include young people in multilateralism? How can young people benefit from mentorship? And, are youth content with the pace of global governance?
In this episode, Maria Isabelle Wieser, the former Deputy Director of Foraus and former Head of the Think Tank Hub joined the #NextPagePod for a discussion about the role of youth in multilateralism, barriers to diversity for young voices and how to best meaningfully engage youth in the decisions of today.
Foraus is a Swiss think tank that advocates for constructive foreign policy and informative dialogue. They provide a platform for young people to access and contribute to a foreign policy outside of the current political party system and publish scientific-based policy recommendations. Currently, there are over 120 volunteers across 12 different thematic groups and 9 regional groups with the two central hubs located in Geneva and Zurich.
In discussion with the Director of the UN Library & Archives Geneva, Francesco Pisano, Maria Isabelle explores her experiences navigating the foreign policy scene in Geneva from being bombarded by meetings in her first year to managing a young team throughout a pandemic. She also discusses the current limitations for young people to access international organizations and what needs to be done to best engage young people beyond surface-level meetings.