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One of the constantly changing criteria in the UN YPP is nationality. Every year, a list of participating countries is revealed, defining, based on a quota system (aiming to ensure diversity within the UN Secretariat workforce), which countries are invited to participate in the selection process.
The list changes on an annual basis and, in order to apply, candidates must hold the nationality of at least one of the pre-selected member states.
In this article, we’ll explore the participating countries of the 2022 edition of the United Nations YPP!
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The Quota System
One of the main goals of the United Nations Young Professionals Program is to increase geographical diversity within the UN Secretariat workforce. Hence, every year, a diverse list of countries is revealed, allowing candidates who have at least one of the listed nationalities to apply for the program.
Calculations are based on mathematical formulas with many variables (country size, population, etc). Nationals of a country that is overrepresented or whose representation already meets the quota are normally not invited to take part in the UN YPP selection process.
Since the list changes on an annual basis, it isn’t possible to predict which countries will be eligible for the following year. Usually, UN releases the YPP eligibility criteria along with the list of participating countries during the month of April; but that hasn’t been the case for this year’s edition: the list of participating countries was revealed in June.
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UN YPP 2022 Participating Countries
For the 2022 UN YPP, the list of the participating member states was released on June 10 and the following countries were invited:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.
You can only apply for the UN YPP exams under one nationality. If you have more than one, deciding which one to use may benefit you in the process. For instance, if you take into consideration which country (of the ones you are a national) is under-represented in the UN Secretariat or the number of nationals applying for the program, you could improve your chances of qualifying in the exam.
This is an important strategy, considering that of all the applicants, only the best 60 per country, for each area, are invited for the first part of the UN YPP written exam.
Please note that prospective nationality and residency status do NOT qualify as nationality for application to the UN YPP exams. You must prove your nationality by presenting a passport or a national identity card.
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