ETHAN R.A. LEES
Having joined UNA-YP in late summer 2020, Ethan’s rapid rise to the position of General-Secretary involved a passion for the values of the United Nations, demonstrated initially by helping to reform and represent the CUUNA, the Cambridge University United Nations Association as a delegate, through his work on the Secretariat in CUUNA’s External Relations Committee and utilising the workings of UNA-YP and the United Nations in seeking to strengthen relations between the various UNA’s.
Ethan became UNA-YP’s first democratically elected General-Secretary after his electoral victory in October 2020, promising to revitalise and unite the UNA-YP community as it grows during the uncertain times of expansion and consolidation during the COVID-19 pandemic; seeking to democratise the UNA-YP committee through building working groups, transparency and a zero-tolerance policy in support of member welfare, and to standardise and strengthen the actions of the directors.
“To achieve great things, we need a plan, and not quite enough time”
Outside of UNA-YP, Ethan is a third-year undergraduate student at The University of Cambridge studying Archaeology. He is also the founder and Chief Representative of the UNESCO FCDO UK Youth Delegation project, Lead of the UN Youth Delegate Programme, Liaison Officer on the CUUNA External Relations Committee, Secretary of the Cambridge Royal British Legion, and co-founder of Cleveleys Beach Care; a non-profit local environmental conservation organisation. Of Anglo-Italian heritage, his Northern side of the family is deeply involved with wildlife protection, whilst his Roman relatives guard and serve the Vatican. However, his academic spirit lies in Egyptology- his current research. This drive to conserve the past and present whilst looking forward to create a brighter future is what he hopes will most serve his delegates, UNA-YP, and possibly the world- in the years to come.