John Vinzelts

Biography (John Vinzelts)

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.

John Vinzelts

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 The historical document is the first of its kind to recognize the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace and to lay out the need for governments and other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 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.

John Vinzelts



UN Youth Ghana and its Diplomatic Missions

John Vinzelts has appointed 17  Goodwill Ambassadors for UN Youth Ghana.

Exclusive Interview with John Vinzelts, Country Head in Charge of UN Youth Organization in Ghana. Broad discussion about his coming Mega Projects for establishment of Multi-Complex recreational and innovations centre for the Youth, which will promote the Roles of sdg Goals in Ghana.

Among other proposed Youth projects coming to Ghana are, Community Health Facilities, Mega Amusement Park, as an equal medium to achieve the SDG Goals in Africa and to promote Peace through Talents, Arts and Entertainment.

From the description of Youth from United Nations perspective with a global population of over 1.8 billion people, youth are the world’s greatest untapped resource, possessing the talents and ambition to overcome society’s biggest challenges. In order to achieve the 2030 Agenda, it is imperative to engage youth as beneficiaries, stakeholders, and leaders in the global movement for inclusive and sustainable development.

In his second term in office, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, subsequently appointing Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan as his first-ever Envoy on Youth – the youngest senior official in the history of the Organization.

“I think with my appointment, the United Nations sent an important message that it’s time to work with young people, and not just for young people,” says Mr. Alhendawi, whose tenure as UN Envoy on Youth ends on 13 February 2017.

Mr. Alhendawi, who assumed his position on 17 January 2013, echoes the vision of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who, in establishing the Youth Envoy’s office, had identified working with and for young people as one of his top priorities.

The Envoy on Youth – who also acts as the adviser to and the representative of the Secretary-General on youth-related matters – was given the mandate to harmonize the UN system efforts on youth development, enhance the UN response to youth needs, advocate for addressing the development needs and rights of young people, as well as to bring the work of the United Nations with and for youth closer to them.

We believe young people are an opportunity, and they are an asset for development, peace and prosperity to their countries
In an interview with UN News – recorded days before the end of his tenure as UN Envoy on Youth – Mr. Alhendawi says, “We cannot really achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or bring peace and prosperity to our world without engaging young people.”

“Whether we are looking at development issues, peace and security, tackling Climate Change, on all these fronts we need to engage young people because they are capable, ready and very much able to do the heavy-lifting in implementing the SDGs,” adds the UN Envoy on Youth.

We believe young people are an opportunity, and they are an asset for development, peace and prosperity to their countries.

What’s important to remember here is that some of these gains didn’t always translate to improvements in young people’s lives at the national level. We still have many challenges facing young people. Youth unemployment is still high – some 74 million young persons are still unemployed. Many young people around the world are challenged by what we see today from the increase of hate speech, absence of peace and security, and young people are still struggling to access opportunities. There are some places where there’s systematic discrimination against young people. I’m very proud of the important progress we have made, but at the same time I’m very mindful that much more needs to be done, and this largest generation of young people cannot be left behind.

I keep reminding everyone that nobody should be allowed to gamble with their future of this generation of young people, and the future generations as well. That’s why the world has to unite for youth, and that’s the model we adopted in our work from Day One: that we have to unite for youth and to bring the world together. We have to remember that what’s at stake today is the future of this generation of young people, and the future of our planet and the future generations.

So my message to young people is: believe in our shared destiny, because this planet is at risk, and the challenges we are facing today cannot be tackled anymore within the border of one country, no matter what that country is.

My message to youth in 2017 is that this is an important moment for them not to lose hope, and to stay determined that we could be the generation that could reverse Climate Change, and eradicate extreme poverty; that’s the vision of Agenda 2030. My vision to young people is to unite around the shared platform offered to us. It’s a very exciting thing for our generation now; young people in this generation are fans of using shared platforms. It’s all about shared platforms, whether it’s a shared economic platform, where you access opportunities by sharing platforms, and I often think of the United Nations as a shared value platform, that’s available to all of us to share this important value system – the universal values like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Charter – that brings all nations together.

My message to young people, as we use different platforms in all spheres of life, is for us to renew our faith and resolve to continue empowering and investing in this shared value system that has basically offered humanity this opportunity to come together for the first time in its history, so that we have something called universal values and international law, and UN agencies; this amazing system that links us together. Of course there are many people out there who will say “that doesn’t always work” – and I know it doesn’t always work – but we have to make it work, and we have to invest more. So my message to young people is: believe in our shared destiny, because this planet is at risk, and the challenges we are facing today cannot be tackled anymore within the border of one country, no matter what that country is. So we need to bridge the gaps, to connect people, and we need young people to believe in this message.


The UN Youth organization has targeted a large number of youth groups requiring specialized and tailored interventions. They include, but are not limited to the following:

Young women and Men
Youth on Drugs & Alcohol
Youth suffering from Mental Health
Youth in secondary school and Tertiary
School aged out of school youth
Unemployed youth
Youth in the workplace
Youth from poor households
Youth from different racial groups
Teenage parents
Orphaned youth
Youth heading households
Youth with disabilities
Youth living with HIV and Aids and other communicable diseases
Youth in conflict with the law
Youth abusing dependency creating substances
Homeless youth living on the street
Youth in rural areas
Youth in townships
Youth in cities
Youth in informal settlements
Young migrants
Young refugees
Youth who have been or are at risk of being abused.


Public Affairs Small Grants.

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Ghana requests proposals for funding for its 2018 Public Diplomacy Grants program. Follow all instructions carefully. Click the link for detailed information on the grants.

U.S. Embassy Ghana
Notice of Funding Opportunity: Public Affairs Small Grants

Opening Date: July 12, 2018
Closing Date: August 10, 2018

All projects must begin before September 30, 2018. This does not mean that the activity must be completed before September 30, 2018, but preparation for the activity must begin before that date. We recommend submitting your proposal early to allow time to address any difficulties that may arise.


Eligibility Information

The Public Affairs Section encourages proposals from:

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
  • Individuals
  • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions

For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

Funding Opportunity Description

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Ghana requests proposals for funding for its 2018 Public Diplomacy Grants program. Please read and follow all instructions carefully.

Purpose of Grant: Public Diplomacy grants should address one (or more) of U.S. Embassy Ghana’s strategic goals, which are:

  • Improve Governance, Strengthen Democratic Institutions, and Promote Accountability
  • Promote Opportunity and Development by Investing in Health and Education
  • Maintain and Bolster Peace and Security
  • Spur Sustained Economic Growth, Trade and Investment

Activities that fall under these goals and may qualify for funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Combatting corruption and strengthening accountability
  • Encouraging and supporting the media and civil society (including women, rural residents, economically and politically disadvantaged groups, and youth) to better advocate for improved government services and to play an increasingly effective role in good governance
  • Promoting civic education and youth participation in civics, democratic processes, volunteerism, and community service
  • Promoting the equal rights of all citizens and the empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized groups within political and societal structures
  • Fostering media ethics and professionalism
  • Developing media literacy among youth, civil society, media, academia, and digital communicators
  • Encouraging lifelong literacy and a passion for reading
  • Developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in youth
  • Countering violent extremism
  • Promoting inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue
  • Promoting a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and business development
  • Increasing human capacity, particularly among women, rural residents, and other politically and economically disadvantaged people, to promote broader participation in the economy

The following activities to do not qualify for Public Affairs funding:

  • Fees and travel costs to attend conferences in the United States
  • Organizational start-up costs
  • Ongoing salaries, operating costs or capital improvements
  • Office equipment
  • Paying to complete activities begun with other funds
  • Projects of a commercial or profit-making nature
  • Projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship or support to individual or single party electoral campaigns
  • Projects that support specific religious activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Academic or analytical research (if not part of a larger project)
  • Construction projects
  • Vehicles
  • Scholarships
  • Projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization itself
  • Soli, or any fees for news coverage
  • Representational expenses, such as receptions (Exceptions: expenses for coffee breaks and working lunches can be funded; alcohol, however, cannot)

American Content

Projects must incorporate some element of American content. “American content” may take the form of American partners, American themes and materials, or inviting U.S. Embassy staff to participate in and/or speak at grant-funded activities.

Funding Information

Minimum Award Amount: $3,000
Maximum Award Amount: $25,000
Average Award Amount: $5,000 – $10,000

Projects that include cost-sharing from the applicant or third-party funders will be given preference. Proposals should explain clearly other likely sources of funding or in-kind participation.

All grant awards are subject to the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of State. Budgets must be submitted in U.S. dollars.

Project and Budget Periods

Projects must be completed in one year or less. PAS may consider proposals for continuation grants, beyond the initial budget period, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. government.

Because grants are contingent on the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of State, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals with flexible start dates. Proposals that are selected for funding must be initiated no later than September 30, 2018, and generally be completed within one year of their commencement.

Proposal Submission and Deadline

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to use the grant proposal template provided under the “Additional Resources” heading to the right.

Proposals should be submitted via email to the Public Affairs Section using the following email address: Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, August 10, 2018, at 1800 GMT. Applicants must complete and submit a detailed budget with all grant requests.

Review and Selection Process

Each proposal submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the criteria outlined below. The criteria are designed to assess the quality of the proposed project and to determine the likelihood of its success. The criteria are closely related and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of a proposal. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of their completeness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to use the grant proposal template under the “Additional Resources” heading to the right. Applicants must submit a full project description, including a detailed narrative that outlines the plan of action, describing the scope of the proposed work and how it will be accomplished. The narrative should be accompanied by a detailed budget that includes all program costs and clearly indicates the proposing organization’s cost-share and/or in-kind participation.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

Audiences – The project should seek to influence a specific group of Ghanaian residents (based on age, profession, geographic location, gender, and/or other demographic factor) directly relevant to achieving the strategic goals noted above.

Goals and Objectives – The project addresses one or more of the strategic goals outlined above and is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

American Content – Projects that include significant American content (such as American speakers, American materials, U.S. Embassy participation, or a theme or topic originating in, or inspired by, U.S. history or society) will also be more favorably evaluated.

Strengths and Innovation – The proposal should clearly describe how the applicant will execute the program within the proposed time frame and articulate an innovative strategy or plan. Projects that reflect geographic diversity and gender equality will be more favorably evaluated.

Organizational Capacity – The individual or organization applying for the grant has expertise in one or more of the areas falling under the Embassy’s strategic goals and demonstrates the ability to perform the proposed activities.

Sustainability – The applicant demonstrates a clear plan for sustainable activity or impact of the activity after the grant period of performance.

Budget and Budget Justification – The budget and narrative justification are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities. The budget does not include funding for non-allowable activities. Proposals that include cost-sharing with the applicant or third-parties will be viewed more favorably.

Publicity/Media Plan – The applicant should include a plan to amplify the impact of the program on specific audiences.

Monitoring and Evaluation – The applicant should outline how specifically the grant will be monitored and evaluated for its overall effectiveness and impact, with specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely indicators, whenever possible.

Award Administration

The grant award shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by the Grants Officer (GO). The GO is the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants. The GO is assisted by the Grants Officer Representative (GOR), who works with the GO to make sure that all assistance awards are administered correctly. The GOR may be the primary point of contact for grantees. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient. Organizations whose proposals will not be funded will also be notified in writing.

We will make all funding decisions by August 30, 2018.

All awards issued under this announcement will require both program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. The disbursement of funds may be tied to submission of these reports in a timely manner. All other details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement.