Important Updates

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  • Posted: Monday, 17 September 2018

    2018 YPP Suggested Reading List

    Please visit the Examination Structure page to view suggested reading lists for Legal Affairs, Social Affairs, and Statistics. Please note that these lists contain examples of the types of texts and readings that would be helpful when studying for the exam. They are not exhaustive lists, and there are many comparable texts and readings that can also be helpful in preparing for the exam.
  • Posted: Friday, 14 September 2018

    2017 YPP Updates

    INFONET exam: The roster has been established and overall results letters have been released. For those who did not pass the written exam, feedback letters were also sent. If you have not received your email containing the results, please make sure to check your junk/spam folder.

    MAGNET exam: The interview stage is now concluded and the overall results will be released shortly.

    POLNET exam: We are at the final grading/marking stages and we hope to be inviting the successful candidates to the verification test in October. We recognize that this is delayed from what was expected and apologize for any inconvenience. Successful candidates will be receiving further information on the next steps. The final results of the examination will be sent out in detail once the process concludes.

    Please continue checking the Careers Portal regularly for the latest updates.
  • Posted: Monday, 27 August 2018


    The first stage of the 2018 YPP exams will be administered online on 25 October 2018. The second stage will be administered online on 13 December 2018. Exact time windows to complete the exam and further details will be provided to those who are convoked to the exams. Convocations (invitations for those eligible to participate in the exam) are expected to be sent mid-September.

  • Posted: Thursday, 9 August 2018

    2018 YPP Exam Preparation

    Please visit the Examination Structure page to view a previous YPP exam for Legal Affairs, Social Affairs, and Statistics. Please note that the past exams are meant to provide further insight into some of the question types and topics that may be covered – these are not exhaustive, as there may be other question types or topics covered in the upcoming exams. Suggested reading lists for the 2018 YPP exams will be shared in the near future.
  • 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: Monday, 23 July 2018

    Can I apply to the 2018 YPP exam if I am waiting on results for the 2017 YPP exam?

    Candidates who applied to the 2017 YPP examination and wish to apply to the 2018 YPP examination, are allowed to do so (if they meet the eligibility requirements). Applying to the YPP 2018 examination will not affect your current YPP 2017 application. Good luck!
  • Posted: Monday, 11 June 2018


    The application period is open from 11 June through 9 August 2018 (closes at 11:59 PM New York time). Please log in to to view and apply to the Job Openings (JO).

    • 2018 YPP Exam in LEGAL AFFAIRS: JO # 97458
    • 2018 YPP Exam in SOCIAL AFFAIRS: JO # 97511
    • 2018 YPP Exam in STATISTICS: JO # 97438

    Current UN Secretariat staff applying through the G to P or G to N tracks will find the relevant job openings through inspira, using their internal staff accounts.
  • Posted: Monday, 4 June 2018


    INFONET interview invitations will be sent in June. POLNET examination marking is ongoing. Notifications for next steps for POLNET will be sent in the coming months.
  • Posted: Thursday, 3 May 2018

    2018 YPP Exam Areas

    The 2018 YPP exam areas have been confirmed, they will cover the following 3 Job Families:

    Legal Affairs
    Social Affairs

    The Job Openings (JOs) will be published soon on our website. We highly recommend that you start building your Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira (for more information on this, visit: Check our website periodically for the latest updates.
  • Posted: Tuesday, 10 April 2018

    2018 YPP List of Participating Countries

    The 2018 YPP List of Participating Countries has now been announced. Check the Careers Portal Home page!
  • Posted: Tuesday, 26 September 2017


    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 -
  • Posted: Monday, 16 January 2017


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