Photographer:Fotograaf: Loraine Bodewes Fotografie
“Amazing!” This was the first reaction of newly elected Dutch UN youth representative Dirk Janssen (20) when he saw the surprise welcome-back party his fellow UCM students had arranged for him. Janssen is just back from The Hague, where he won the final round in the competition to become the UN youth representative on Sunday. Before the final, Janssen and his team campaigned all over the country to collect votes. They spread blue forks – symbolising Janssen’s focus area, the world food problem – around strange places like computer screens, walls, pavements and Facebook, to create a buzz around his campaign. It was a great success; 19,254 people – more than ever before – voted in the contest.