Biography (John Vinzelts)
Ghanaian Peace Diplomat and Youth Activist, he is the Chief Executive Director of the United Nations Youth Ghana and the Ghanaian UN Youth Representative to the United Nations .
Vinzelts works as the Head of Missions (chef de Mission diplomatic) at the World Diplomatic Organization (WDO), also be serving a top-level position in the organization as a Diplomatic council board member at its Headquarters in Washington DC. He is an Author and has published several books on Peace, Governance and Diplomacy. He speaks fluently English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
In his first term of office, following his official duties as the country head, Vinzelts made his first public appearance on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at the Kotoka International Airport , by welcoming to Ghana, the United Nations Special Envoy on Youth Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake who is the current UN Youth Envoy appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations His Excellency António Guterres, during her Multi-Country Mission to 5 African Countries, including Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
In 2016, Vinzelts launched his Mega Youth Peace Activism Projects, after meeting with High commissioners and other Diplomatic Missions in Accra Ghana.
On 9 December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted RESOLUTION 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security. The historical document is the first of its kind to recognize the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace and to lay out the need for governments and other stakeholders to support young people in this role. It represents a landmark for the participation of young people involved in transforming conflict, peacebuilding and countering violence.
In accordance with that resolution, The United Nations Youth Ghana was officially Registered in Ghana on the 3rd of March 2016 through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, incorporated under the Ghanaian Law ACT, 1963, ACT 179 and granted NGO Status, having all the approvals, diplomatic rights, privileges and official recommendations of the Government of Ghana per the official resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, after the Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon identified working with and for young people as one of the Organization’s top priorities. Thus, appointed Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi as the first ever Envoy on Youth.
The United Nations Youth organization is led in Ghana by John Vinzelts, as its first Executive Director & Country Head in charge of the (United Nations Programme on Youth) UNPY in Ghana. John Vinzelts is one of the powerful global activist who are making a great impact by representing the voice of the young generation in the World. On the 30th November last year 2017, following his multiple achievements for the UN Programme on Youth system, John has also been appointed as an Advisory Board Chair of UN Youth Seychelles.
Among his activism and advocacy works include; 1. Peace & Youth activism, 2. Education for all, 3. Human Rights advocacy, 4. Unity and Oneness Campaign 5. Climates, Environments & plastic waste campaign 6. Campaign against Religious & Political Violence. 7. Domestic Violence, and among others.
In 2014, Vinzelts founded a Futuristic Company known as sirciet.org with the main purpose to support the vulnerable Youth in his community in Ghana. He mobilizes and trains Ghanaian Youth to create and build Mobile App and Software for Organizations and Companies. His company also Solicits major contracts from Ghanaian organizations and Institutions.