Rakeeb, one of the Junior Instructors of 39th Colombo Scout Troop and a President Scout of 16th Colombo Scout Troop has been elected to the Youth Advisory Council for Asia in World Federation of United Nations Associations from 2023-`26

The 43rd WFUNA – (World Federation of United Nations Associations) Plenary Assembly focused on ‘Boosting Partnership for a Better United Nations’ was held recently in Tbilisi Georgia.

The assembly elected Sri Lankan Rakeeb Mohamed Zawahir as Youth Advisory Council for Asia from 2023-26. He is currently serving as President of UNA-Sri Lanka’s Youth Forum leading and directing the executive committee and its members. Through this role, he engages the youth of the association in relevant projects related to the SDGs, as well as directing members and conducting training to ensure the projects are executed effectively. Once a month, Rakeeb presents the activities of UNA-Sri Lanka’s youth division to the National Executive Committee. He is a life member of the association.

A notable project organised by the UNA youth forum was headed by Rakeeb includes a beach cleaning project, through which he selected a committee to develop a project proposal to submit to the Government Municipality Council for approval and to raise funds for implementation. The project was approved. Rakeeb and members of UNA-Sri Lanka gathered with friends and young members of the community for a day of listening to music while all helped to clean the beach. Rakeeb saw this as an example of how youth can gather to enjoy working hard together to create a clean and safe environment for the community. Among other projects are book donation drives and blood donation camps very successfully implemented in various parts of the country.

A student at S. Thomas College Mount Lavinia pursuing his Advanced level examination, plays rugby for the school’s 1st XV while captaining the 2 XV team. One of the highlights of his journey was being awarded the President’s Scout Award in 2022. With this appointment Rakeeb will be working with the global team of youth leaders.

Rakeeb Zawahir’s election representing the WFUNA youth council for Asia is a pride to Sri Lanka and St. Thomas’ College Mt Lavinia.

Congratulations Rakeeb for your achievement! ⚜️