Important Updates

Bookmark this page and make sure you check it regularly to stay informed about general updates, possible changes and new developments related to the examination.

  • Posted: Wednesday, 27 October 2021

    2021 YPP EXAM AREAS

    We are excited to announce that the exam areas for the 2021 YPP will be:
    • Social Affairs
    • Statistics
    We will be opening the application period within a month or so (and it will be open for a total of two months). Meanwhile, we would advise you to explore the work done at the UN in these (and related job families) across the UN Secretariat. And start creating your draft application in Inspira and remember to watch our application guidance video to make sure that you fill out the important parts of your application!
  • Posted: Thursday, 19 August 2021

    Updated list of Member States for 2021 YPP

    We have exciting news that the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Turkey will be joining the list of eligible Member States for the 2021 YPP (based on their current representation status). This means that applicants with either a Somalian or Turkish nationality will also be able to apply for the 2021 YPP (if they also meet the age, education and language requirements).

    The exam areas for the 2021 YPP and the application period will be announced in the upcoming months.

    If you are planning to apply for this YPP cycle, you can get a head start in creating/updating your profile in Inspira. Make sure to check the Important Updates regularly to obtain the latest news.
  • Posted: Tuesday, 22 June 2021

    Participating Member States for the 2021 YPP Exams

    The list of participating Member States for the 2021 YPP is now available on our Home Page. The application period will open in a few months (exam areas to be announced in the upcoming months as well). Please remember that if you are planning to submit an application for the 2021 YPP, you must hold a ‎nationality from one of these countries:

    Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

    Get a head start by creating or updating your profile in Inspira!
  • Posted: Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    ‎2020 YPP EXAM INFORMATION‎

    Candidate notifications for those convoked (or not) to the 2020 YPP examinations have been sent (please ‎check your junk/spam folder if you have not received notification; and check specifically your primary ‎email address listed in your Inspira application). ‎

    Reminder: Please beware of fraudulent for-profit companies that sell services related to UN YPP. Such ‎companies are in no way supported or endorsed by the UN.‎
  • Posted: Wednesday, 3 March 2021

    ‎2020 YPP APPLICATIONS

    ‎2020 YPP applications are still in the process of screening and evaluation (thank you for your ‎patience!). Candidates who are convoked (or not) will be notified soon. For convoked ‎candidates, we will be sure to provide sufficient time in advance for examination preparation.‎

    Reminder: Please beware of fraudulent for-profit companies that sell services related to UN ‎YPP. Such ‎companies are in no way supported or endorsed by the UN.‎
  • Posted: Tuesday, 1 December 2020

    ‎2020 YPP EXAMS – APPLICATION SCREENING & EARLY PREP

    Waiting to hear about the outcome of your 2020 YPP application? Applications ‎are being screened and candidates should expect to hear from us within the next ‎month or so. Candidates who will be invited to sit the exam will get access to the ‎online testing platform, along with sample exam materials and suggested reading ‎lists. ‎

    In the meantime, the United Nations Publications has curated a selection of readings ‎relevant to the exam areas. These lists of readings for each subject can be found on ‎UN iLibrary. (Note: these are not the “official” suggested reading lists)‎

    In addition, candidates can benefit from reading these general UN publications:‎

  • Posted: Tuesday, 27 October 2020

    ‎2020 YPP APPLICATION PERIOD DEADLINE

    Reminder: The deadline to apply to the 2020 YPP exams is Saturday, 31 October 2020 at 11:59 New York time.‎


    The job openings can be found on the UN Careers Portal and in Inspira.‎
  • Posted: Friday, 25 September 2020

    Member States for the 2020 YPP‎

    Please remember that if you are planning to submit an application for the 2020 YPP, you must hold a ‎nationality from any of these countries:‎

    Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo ‎Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic ‎People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea-‎Bissau, Haiti, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's ‎Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, ‎Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua ‎New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and ‎the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon ‎Islands, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, ‎United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).‎
  • Posted: Wednesday, 2 September 2020

    2020 YPP APPLICATION PERIOD IS OPEN

    The application period for the 2020 YPP exams is now open. Applications will be accepted through 31 October 2020. The job openings can be found on the UN Careers Portal and in Inspira.

    Management & Administration: job opening # 138630

    Global Communications: job opening # 138706

    Political Affairs & Human Rights: job opening # 138708

    Remember to watch the application guidance video to learn more about the process.

    For UN staff members: please note that the job openings for internal YPP applicants are only accessible through inspira, via “G to P” or “G to N” job openings, and are not available on the Careers Portal.

  • Posted: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    ‎2020 YPP APPLICATION GUIDANCE‎

    The application period for the 2020 YPP exams will be opening in the near future. Watch this 5 ‎minute video for some application guidance, so that you’re well prepared in advance.‎
  • Posted: Thursday, 16 July 2020

    ‎2020 YPP OVERVIEW‎

    Want a quick overview about the YPP? Watch this video, and take a look at the 2020 YPP two-pager.‎
  • Posted: Friday, 10 July 2020

    ‎2020 YPP EXAMINATION AREAS

    We are pleased to announce that the 2020 YPP examinations will cover the following areas:‎
    ‎1) Management & Administration, ‎
    ‎2) Global Communications, and ‎ ‎
    3) Political Affairs & Human Rights

    We recommend that you start creating your account and profile in inspira.un.org in advance of the ‎application ‎period (likely to be opened in late August). Please visit this page periodically to get the latest ‎information about ‎how to apply. And to keep up to date with accurate information on the UN YPP and UN careers in ‎general, follow the ‎‎*official* social media accounts of UN ‎Careers: facebook.com/UN.Careers and twitter.com/UN_Careers
  • Posted: Friday, 1 May 2020

    WARNING: Official social media accounts of UN Careers

    Please beware of entities that are misusing the UN name, acronym and/or emblem‎ and offering YPP ‎examination preparation services for a fee. One such known ‎entity, named “YPUN,” which also ‎conducts activities under the name “International Relations Career Challenge,” is in no way affiliated ‎with or endorsed by the United Nations. YPUN has engaged in illegal activities, such as ‎the sale of YPP ‎exam materials, which are UN property. Unauthorized disclosure of any portion of a YPP exam ‎constitutes theft of United Nations property. Additionally, YPUN charges fees for preparation materials ‎that the UN provides at no cost. YPUN is also misrepresenting itself as being part of or affiliated with ‎the United Nations, including via its social media accounts. ‎

    To keep up to date with accurate information on the UN YPP and UN careers in general, please refer to ‎this page and follow the ‎‎*official* social media accounts of UN ‎Careers: facebook.com/UN.Careers and twitter.com/UN_Careers
  • Posted: Friday, 9 August 2019

    ‎2019 YPP Exam Preparation‎

    Interested in getting an early start on preparing for the 2019 YPP exams? Please visit the UN-iLibrary and ‎browse the publications (Browse by Theme). Visit various UN Secretariat websites to learn more about the ‎work being done at the Departments, Offices, and Regional Commissions that is relevant to Economic ‎Affairs or Information Systems & Technology. We will share additional tips and preparation guidance in the ‎near future. ‎
  • Posted: Thursday, 11 July 2019

    ‎2019 YPP Application period extension‎

    The application period for the 2019 YPP exams has been extended. Applications will now be accepted ‎through 31 July. Please visit Inspira to find the job openings (JO).‎

    - Economic Affairs: JO # 116937
    - Information Systems & Technology: JO # 116954‎

    Remember that we also have an informational video for tips on the application process. Take 5 minutes ‎to ‎watch and learn more!‎
  • Posted: Thursday, 23 May 2019

    ‎2019 YPP Overview‎

    Do you need a quick overview regarding the 2019 YPP exams? Check out this flyer to see the list of ‎participating countries, exam areas, eligibility requirements, timeline, and resources!‎
    Stay tuned – in the coming weeks we will share an informational video about the YPP application process.‎
  • Posted: Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Official social media accounts of UN Careers

    Please beware of entities that are using the UN name, acronym and/or emblem without ‎authorization and offering YPP examination preparation services for a fee. One such known ‎entity, named “YPUN”, is illegally selling examination materials that are property of the United ‎Nations. YPUN is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by the United Nations. Unauthorized ‎disclosure of any portion of a YPP exam constitutes theft of United Nations property. If these ‎activities involve the cooperation of YPP candidates, such action is in violation of the integrity ‎statement that all candidates agreed to before beginning a YPP exam. Any candidate found to ‎have engaged in any such activity or other fraudulent or prohibited activities will face, at a ‎minimum, immediate disqualification from the YPP examination process, including in the future, ‎and any employment with the United Nations. If you have any information about YPUN’s activities ‎referenced above, please contact the YPP Team‎.

    To keep up to date with accurate information on the UN YPP and UN careers in general, follow the ‎‎*official* social media accounts of UN Careers: facebook.com/UN.Careers and twitter.com/UN_Careers
  • Posted: Monday, 13 May 2019

    ‎2019 YPP Examination Areas

    We are pleased to announce that the 2019 YPP examinations will cover the following areas:
    - Economic Affairs
    - Information Systems and Technology

    We recommend that you start creating your account and profile in inspira.un.org in advance of the ‎application period. Make sure to attach the necessary documents, such as your diploma and photo ID ‎with proof of nationality, as these will be mandatory to verify that you meet the eligibility requirements. ‎Please visit the YPP Careers Portal periodically during the months of June and July to get the latest ‎information about how to apply.‎
  • Posted: Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES

    THE UNITED NATIONS HAS BEEN MADE AWARE THAT FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES HAVE BEEN SELLING SERVICES RELATED TO THE UNITED NATIONS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME (YPP), INCLUDING APPLICATION REVIEW AND PREPARATION FOR THE YPP EXAMINATIONS AND INTERVIEWS. SOME COMPANIES CLAIM TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO UN INSIDE INFORMATION. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE UNITED NATIONS IS NOT COLLABORATING OR PARTNERING WITH ANY COMPANIES OFFERING YPP-RELATED SERVICES OF ANY KIND. ANY SERVICES OR PROGRAMMES SOLD BY SUCH COMPANIES ARE NOT SUPPORTED OR ENDORSED BY THE UNITED NATIONS.

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE ANY FEES AT ANY STAGE OF THE YPP APPLICATION, EXAMINATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS.

    INFORMATION ABOUT THE YPP AS WELL AS SAMPLE MATERIALS FROM PAST YPP EXAMINATIONS ARE AVAILABLE PUBLICLY AND FREE OF CHARGE ON THE UNITED NATIONS YPP WEBSITE (https://careers.un.org/ypp). SUCH SAMPLE MATERIALS ARE STRICTLY FOR PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE AND ARE SUBJECT TO THE “TERMS OF USE” OF THE UN WEBSITE (available at http://www.un.org/en/sections/about-website/terms-use/index.html).
  • Posted: Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    2018 YPP exam preparation

    Interested in getting an early start on preparing for the 2018 YPP exams? Please visit the UN-iLibrary and browse the publications (Browse by Theme). You may also wish to read “The Essential UN” while you’re there. We will share additional tips and preparation guidance in the near future.
  • Posted: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    The UN has been made aware that for-profit companies have been selling services related to the United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP), including application review and preparation for the YPP written and oral examinations (questions and answers). Their claim to have "inside information" is false. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE ANY FEES AT ANY STAGE OF THE YPP APPLICATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS, AND THAT THE UNITED NATIONS IS NOT COLLABORATING OR PARTNERING WITH SUCH COMPANIES. THE SERVICES OR PROGRAMMES SOLD BY SUCH COMPANIES ARE NOT SUPPORTED OR ENDORSED BY THE UNITED NATIONS.
  • Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2017

    Unauthorized Use of the United Nations Name and Emblem

    It has come to our attention that private companies are holding career events promising to provide practical experience of working for the United Nations. Please note that neither these companies nor such events are endorsed by the United Nations. All relevant information to prepare for applying to the United Nations is available without charge on the United Nations careers portal - careers.un.org
  • Posted: Monday, 16 January 2017

    URGENT NOTICE

    Urgent: It came to our attention that fake YPP questions are for sale. Please note that this is a scam.
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