The United Nations Foundation and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Forge New Partnership

Washington, D.C.

November 21, 2013


Megan Rabbitt

The United Nations Foundation and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy today announced a new strategic partnership to enhance youth engagement in international affairs.

Both the UN Foundation and YPFP hope to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges in their careers.  Young people have a growing role shaping the global agenda and new generations of these leaders are positioning to become a major force in global affairs and development.

“More and more, young people play a vital and influential role shaping the global agenda,” said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. “By forging this partnership with the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, we hope to learn from and help inspire young people to make positive change throughout the world.”  Kathy Calvin launched the United Nations Foundation launched the Foundation’s Youth Task Force this past year to identify more ways for youth to engage in global affairs and with the United Nations.

“YPFP and UNF recognize that engaging, activating, and training Millennials to become the leaders tomorrow’s world needs is essential. This partnership reflects a commitment from both organizations to lead the way in fostering future global leaders,” said YPFP President Gary Barnabo.

Bringing together the UN Foundation’s expertise on policy, advocacy and global movement building with YPFP’s network of globally-minded young professionals, the partnership hopes to strengthen the role of youth in global affairs and development.

Notably, the two organizations will work together to scale up YPFP’s Leadership Incubator Modules, a program designed to deliver tangible knowledge and skills to future leaders. This will be accomplished through modules co-created by the UN Foundation and YPFP on issues that may include energy and climate, gender, global health, technology and innovation, and advocacy campaigns.

These curricular modules will incorporate a mix of seminars, workshops, group work, self-study, applied learning, simulations, and a capstone. By instilling critical skills and thematic expertise in the selected young professionals, these modules will curate an informed, connected group of leaders who are prepared to make a meaningful impact in the international arena.


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About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit


About Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

YPFP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders. Created in 2004, it comprises more than 10,000 young professionals in 70 countries, and has branches in Washington DC, New York, Brussels, and London. YPFP’s membership splits almost evenly across business, government, and civil society. More than 2,000 organizations are represented in YPFP, making it a truly cross-cutting community. The bedrock of YPFP’s activities are its programs and initiatives designed to give future leaders the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. For more information, visit