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Student of Han University Michaela Hogenboom goes at the United Nations

Student stories 28 April 2009, 12:00

Twenty-three year old HAN student Michaela Hogenboom was selected from more than 80 candidates as the new youth representative for Sustainable Development.

Twenty-three year old HAN student Michaela Hogenboom was selected from more than 80 candidates as the new youth representative for Sustainable Development. Michaela will represent Dutch youth in the area of sustainability for the coming 2 years at the United Nations (UN) and at the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen.

Michaela, a 4th year Human Resources and Quality Management student at the HAN, was so excited following her win that she could not sleep. ‘I didn’t know if I would win or not. It was very exciting. The other candidates were also really good. Fortunately I did win, which is great!’

What will Michaela do at the UN?

During the course of the next 2 years Michaela will be the voice of Dutch youth in a number of international meetings on sustainable development, including the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Michaela will not be alone.

Together with Don Gerritsen, the current youth representative, she will speak with ministers, negotiate agreements and do a lot of talking with her peers. ‘I see the chance to reach a much broader audience. Youths from different study backgrounds and levels. I want to brainstorm with them on sustainability and make concrete plans. It is our future and we need to act to make something beautiful out of it,’ explains Michaela.

National Youth Council

Voting is organised by the Dutch National Youth Council and gives youths the chance to show who they are and what they can do, both locally as well as at the UN. The Youth Council also advises government and other organisations on youth-related policy.

source - http://www.han.nl/international/english/about-han/

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