My name is Stefania, I am 26 years old, and I was born in Trieste, a city that, with its many aspects, has taught me a lot. In 2015 I moved to Rome, where I chose to study industrial and management engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Throughout the university, I have done numerous experiences, which allowed me to gain valuable skills. Subsequently, during my Bachelor’s, I have worked in Fincantieri, in the Information Technology project management office. During my master’s course, I changed my focus on consultancy, especially collaborating with companies in the pharmaceutical sector. At the end of my academic career, I felt the need to reconnect with the topics I was always interested in: emerging countries’ social and economic development. So I chose to undertake a Ph.D. at the Department of Enterprise Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, focusing on industrial development in Africa. At the end of the first year of my doctorate, I had the opportunity to combine research and practical application thanks to a UN internship at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Several experiences and choices have allowed me to be the new UN young Italian delegate: the School of Policy, the activism carried out with Libera, the voluntary activities carried out in the city of Turin, as well as the commitment as a mentor in schools to help young people develop B Corp Start-Up, up to the business challenges with L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble. But most of all, more than any experience, more than the skills and knowledge acquired, the passion for my work, and the topics of social development were the real motivations that brought me here. This is the message that I carry inside and that I will try to communicate to young Italians during my term.
I am Marco Demo, I was born in Motta di Livenza (TV) in 1997 and I live in San Stino di Livenza, in the province of Venice. On 14th July 2021 I will graduate in Law at Catholic University of Milan.
Since the years of the high school I have cultivated a passion for international relations as a member of youth associations that explore issues on international politics and international organizations and I have increased my interest in international relations in several summer schools during my academic career.
During my studies I specialized in international law and I had the opportunity to improve the knowledge of French. Between August 2020 and January 2021 I spent a semester in Vilnius in Lithuania with the Erasmus program.
In the six months I spent abroad, I discovered the beauty of meeting people who come from different cultures and the importance of cultural exchanges, but above all how necessary it is to be good representatives of one’s own culture of origin. This experience has consolidated my opinion on how important international relations are and how everyone can be, in their own way, ambassador of their country in everyday life.
Over the years I have cultivated my interest in youth issues both as a representative in the Provincial Student Council of Venice during the period of high school and as an educator for adolescents in the parish.
Being the Youth Delegate of Italy to the United Nations is a great honor for me. I will use this year to better advance the demands of young Italians within the context of the United Nations. The representation of young people in decision-making places is fundamental in order to be able to build a future that takes into consideration the needs of the new generations. The representation of the Italian youth reality is even more important in the pandemic context we are experiencing, above all because young people have suffered the greatest social, economic and educational repercussions that will penalize many people also in the years to come. It is even more urgent to take youth issues into consideration as part of the achievement of the goals set by the 2030 Agenda to attain a prosperous future for all.