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Ubuntu United Nations - World Leaders Academy

Training Course

24 October - 19 December 2021 | ONLINE, Portugal

Do you feel you can change the world? Apply for the program inspired by the Ubuntu philosophy for youth leaders from across the world with the participation of Nobel Peace Prize: Muhamad Yunus, José Ramos-Horta, Kaylash Satyarthi and Leymah Gbowee.

Gathering 193 teams of youth leaders from all countries with a seat at the United Nations and inspiring them through the motto “Building Bridges: Youth for Unity in Diversity”, the UUN is an online initiative, with 5-themed seminars, promoted by Nobel Prize Laureates of Peace and former Heads of State.

// The event will be chaired by José Ramos-Horta and co-chaired by John Volmink, Ubuntu Global Network’s President and by Her Highness Princess Rym Ali of Jordania. With the participation of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, namely Muhammad Yunus, Kaylah Satyarthi and Leymah Gbowee, this 25-hour certified training program aims to empower young people as agents of transformation at the service of communities, while discusses some of the most relevant worldwide issues through intergenerational dialogue.

// With the High Patronage of Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, UUN also has the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres.

- Leading like Mandela: Peace and Reconciliation – Sunday, October 24th  
Building Bridges: Intercultural/Interfaith Dialogue – Sunday, November 7th
Overcoming Obstacles: Overcoming Poverty and Social Exclusion – Sunday, November 21st
Ubuntu Lives: Human Rights – Sunday, December 5t
I Have a Dream: Gender Equality and Environmental Crisis – Sunday, December 19th

The legacy of world-renowned personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Malala Yousafzai must be passed on to new generations, inspiring them to commit, through Bridge Building, Servant Leadership and Ethics of Care, to social justice, human rights advocacy and sustainable development.

This is what the Ubuntu United Nations seeks to achieve for and with young people from all over the world.

Applications are now open for all the participants who are highly motivated and available to attend 5 consecutive online seminars, always on Sundays. Access to internet and English fluency are essential.

// MORE INFO and APPLICATIONS: www.ubuntuunitednations.org

The previous ULA Digital Editions:
- Africa and the Middle East - 222 participants from 47 countries
- Latin America I - 87 participants from 6 countries
- Latina America II - 200 participants from 14 countries (currently taking place) 
- Community of Portuguese Language Countries - 90 participants from 13 countries
- University Students - 58 participants from 7 countries

MORE INFO and APPLICATIONS: www.ubuntuunitednations.org

Founded in 2010, ULA has engaged with around 12,000 youth people from more than 50 countries in 4 continents. Today, the project is present with delegations in 16 countries. Check the map of ULA delegations around the world on our website (click here).


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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 600 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Other countries in the world , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, Youth researchers, Changemakers; Social Entreperneurs; Activists;

Working language(s):



Ubuntu Leaders Academy / IPAV (Others)

- The Ubuntu Leaders Academy ( an initiative by IPAV) is a youth-oriented program aimed at training in socio-emotional skills related to Servant Leadership, Building Bridges and Ethics of Care. Based on the Ubuntu philosophy – “I am because you are” - the training methodology prioritizes five personal key competencies: self-knowledge, self-confidence, resilience, empathy and service.

More information on the website: www.ubuntuleadersacademy.org

- Instituto Padre António Vieira is a non-profit Civic Association, recognized as a public utility organization (IPSS) and Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGOD), whose mission is the promotion of human dignity. It is, in Portugal and in the world, among the leaders in social innovation promoting human dignity, through collaborative culture furthering "unity in diversity”.

More information on the website: www.ipav.pt


  • Ubuntu Global Network (Others)
  • Organization of Iberoamerican States (Others)
  • Club de Madrid (Others)

Contact for questions:

Pedro Amaro Santos

Website: https://www.ubuntuunitednations.org/press-kit


Phone: +351931127769


Participation fee

The Ubuntu United Nations initiative will be online and free of cost for the participants.

Accommodation and food

The Ubuntu United Nations initiative is organized by IPAV - Institituto Padre António Vieira with the support of the institutional partners: the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, the Organization of Iberoamerican States, the Club de Madrid, the Camões Institute and  the Portuguese Youth National Council

It also has the support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, o High Commission for  Migrations, the Fundación Tomillo, the Fundación SM and the International School of  Braga.

Travel reimbursement

The Ubuntu United Nations initiative will be online and free of cost for the participants.

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