MUNSC Salient 2016 Addresses Contemporary Inequalities

The second installment of MUNSC Salient, organized by the United Nations Association of Slovenia, successfully concluded on July 15th. The conference was held under the honorary patronage of Mr Borut Pahor, the President of Slovenia.

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The conference took place between July 11 and 15, 2016 at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Fundamentally a youth conference, the aim of MUNSC Salient is to supplement the traditional Model United Nations (MUN) experience with educational content in form of interactive lectures, roundtables and workshops. The 70 participants of the conference hailed from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey. The overarching topic this year was “Contemporary Inequalities” and all three simulated committees saw fervent discussions on related issues. The UN Security Council discussed the threat posed by youth radicalization to international peace and security; the UN Human Rights Council discussed the right of peoples and individuals to international solidarity; and the European Council revisited the future of EU policy in the post-migration era.

The opening ceremony included several keynote speakers: Professor Dr Bojko Bučar, the president of the United Nations Association of Slovenia; Mr Martin Nesirky, Director of the United Nations Information Service Vienna, via video address; and Ms Veronika Bošković Pohar, Deputy Director General for Multilateral Affairs, Development Cooperation and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. The first public event after the opening ceremony featured H.E. Mr Mykhailo Brodovich, the Ambassador of Ukraine in the Republic of Slovenia, who spoke about some of the issues faced by the Ukrainian people and government, titled: “Lost Generations: humanitarian crises, development challenges and youth.” His address was followed by a public lecture by Professor Dr Maja Bučar on the topic of the development-migration nexus.

The second day saw the commencement of formal discussions within the simulated committees at the conference, as well as the roundtable titled “the (Multi)cultural Future of Europe” attended by Mr Matjaž Gruden, Director of Policy Planning at the Council of Europe; Dr Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Director of Peace Institute; Mr Ervin Hladnik Milharčič, journalist and publicist; and moderated by Dr Ana Bojinović Fenko, Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The panellists tackled the topic from several unique points of view, providing the event attendees with a comprehensive overview of the issues related to multiculturalism, migration flows and integration, human rights protection and future European policy prospects in these areas.

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On the third day of the conference we hosted an exclusive discussion with H.E. Mr Paolo Trichilo, the Ambassador of the Italian Republic in Slovenia, on the topic of “Assisting vulnerable Populations: – Italy’s Experience with Refugees.” The final workshop was in fact conference-long, having started on the first day after the opening ceremony and persisted until the last day of formal discussions. In the context of this workshop, the participants of the conference were divided into two asymmetrical groups – the privileged, enjoying several simple benefits, and the unprivileged, enjoying no benefits. Doing this, we sought to evoke a sense of injustice and inescapabality from the structures through which we maintain the status quo. The participants were thus surrounded by the “inequalities” agenda at all times during the conference, both in formal and informal contexts.

The conference was concluded with a lively closing ceremony which took place at the Municipality of Ljubljana and closing remarks by the Mayor of Ljubljana, Mr Zoran Janković.

The conference was supported by Central European Initiative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana and Faculty of Social Sciences. The MUNSC Salient 2016 Team deeply thanks all the contributors for their support and trust.

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GA 2016

‘A World on the Move’ – under this title, UNYANET members will gather to discuss positive aspects of the refugee crisis at this year’s General Assembly. The UNYANET GA takes place from September, 21 – 25 in Barcelona, Spain. The UN Association of Spain (ANUE) has been so kind as to serve as host organization. We invite all UNYANET members, observers and partners to register here. In case you are none of the above, but interested in attending the GA, kindly contact info[@]unyanet.org

UNYANET welcomes new team and members

Outcomes of the UNYANET General Assembly 2015

This is the proof: Young people are interested in politics and global affairs. At least within the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET), which has just formed its new team. With 11 board members and several volunteers, this is the largest team UNYANET ever had.
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From 10-12 September 2015, the UNYANET General Assembly 2015 took place in Bucharest, Romania. Delegates from nine countries were welcomed by UN Youth Romania, who generously hosted the event and delved into Romanian culture with the participants. The programme alternated between workshops, project development, formal parts, and social events. Here is an overview of the outcomes:

– UNYANET welcomes UNYA Kenya as a new member, and appreciates new partnerships that were established with youth organizations, e.g. from The Gambia.
– Tjalke Weber (Germany) and Aleksandr Bolotnov (Russia) were elected as Presidency, together with the following board members.
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The three-day programme featured a range of presentations and interactive workshops.

Amanda Yeo, UNYANET volunteer from Malaysia, held a workshop on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, during which she gave on overview of the process leading to the formulation of the Agenda 2030, and highlighted youth engagement in the process.

Pau Petit, UNYANET representative from Spain, encouraged the delegates to rethink Global Governance. In his workshop, the participants discussed the main challenges for good governance, including child labour, corruption and gender inequality. As a result, the participants launched a campaign to advocate for a youth candidate for the next UN Secretary General.

Yasmine Mesloub, PR Officer, led a workshop outlining the Social Media strategy for 2015-2016, focusing on online campaigns for global days.

During the project development phase, participants also worked on planning Study Trips for the next term. Possible destinations include Geneva, Vienna, Brussels, the Balkan and many more.
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UNYANET also welcomed several guest speakers. Anca Agachi, Romanian UN Youth Delegate, joined the UNYANET members as well as a representative from ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Carlo Gallier from the Centre of Economic Research presented a study on international negotiation behaviour, that UNYANET members will contribute to.

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The formal part of the GA included an overview of the UNYANET activities in 2014-2015, which has been the most active UNYANET year ever with more than 50 Model United Nations conferences organized by the members, two Study Trips, four webinars, several successful online campaigns and training sessions. UNYANET Presidency and Officers Tjalke Weber, Aleksandr Bolotnov, Marusa Rus, and Tim Wiegmann joined the GA live from New York, Moscow, Paris and Germany.
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Besides the workshops, participants of the General Assembly enjoyed a rich social programme, including a Global Village, a visit to the Romanian Parliament, a typical Romanian dinner and dance.

We welcome all new members, Board members, volunteers and partners and look forward to the next UNYANET term: UNiting and empowering YOUth around the world!

UNYA Germany meets for Summer School

From 14-16 August, UNYA Germany met for its annual Summer School and 27th General Assembly. This year, it took place in Gießen. The programme for 25 attendees was diverse, alternating seminars, workshops and exchanges. Results include the election of Moritz Limbacher, who now teams with Jonas Meereis as heads of UNYA Germany.

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Moritz and Julia presented the project “UN at School”, where teamers conduct a session with high-school students about the UN, featuring also a mini-version of Model United Nations. Materials including the toolkit and handbook are available only in German, but shall be translated and made available in other languages, too.

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The programme further consisted of a MUN Forum, where MUN organizers exchanged best practices regarding fundraising, media, participant coordination and choice of committees and topics.

UNYA Germany also presented results of the offline and online consultations in Germany for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), and former youth delegate Elise Zerrath shared insights from her time with UN Women.

A highlight was the speech and Q&A with Simon Brombeiss, former head of UNYA Germany and now working for the German Foreign Service, who joined live from Kairo. He answered questions regarding the situation in Egypt, and shared his experiences and advice on a career as diplomat.

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UNYA Germany also accepted three new local chapters and elected some new board members. The next event will be a meeting with German President Gauck on 31 August, to celebrate 70 years United Nations and 10 years German Youth Delegate programme.

Webinar: Spain in the Security Council and UNFICYP

Webinar Spain UNFICYPDear UNYANET friends,

It is a great pleasure to invite you all to join our webinar about Spain as a non-permanent member of the Security Council and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

 

– Guest speaker: Mr. Alberto de la Calle García, Counselor, Spanish Mission to the UN.
– Thursday, 6th August 2015, 09.00h EDT / 15.00 CEST
– to join just connect to: anymeeting.com/unyanet
– Free of charge!

Agenda

1.- Spanish priorities within the Security Council.
2.- October Spanish presidency of the Council.
3.- UNFICYP’s historical context.
4.- Spanish position regarding UNFICYP within the SC.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Thank you very much and follow us on social media too:

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Heated discussions on global refugee crisis at MUNSC Salient: Youth Conference on Global Matters

 

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Dr. Milan Brglez speaking at the opening ceremony of the MUNSC Salient.

International youth conference MUNSC Salient, organized by UNA Slovenia, was successfully concluded. The conference was held under honorary patronage of Dr Milan Brglez, president of the Slovenian National Assembly.

MUNSC Salient was organized between 13 and 17 July 2015 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in cooperation with Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs Graz and Brussels Model European Union. It is a youth conference that supplements the traditional Model United Nations (MUN) experience with educational content in form of interactive lectures, roundtables, workshops and group exercises. The conference was attended by 70 participants from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. Main theme of the conference was global refugee crisis and all three committees witnessed heated discussions. UN Security Council discussed refugee crisis and sectarian violence in Lebanon, UN General Assembly Third Committee (Social and Humanitarian Committee – SOCHUM) discussed reversing the current trend in refugee and IDP protection in Syria, and the European Council tackled revitalising European solidarity in the light of increased influx of refugees into the EU.

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First four MUN Passports officially granted

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UNYANET has officially granted four MUN Passports to MUN activists from its member countries. This time the following individuals got their passports:

Aleksandr Leis (Russia)
Veronika Topuchkanova (Russia)
Ali Zain Kara (Turkey)
Cristina Català (Spain) 

 

This was the first selection process. We are waiting for new applications from MUN activists with a wide MUN experience. The next selection procedure will take place this autumn. 

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You can find all necessary information about the MUN Passport Project here: http://unyanet.org/projects/mun-passport.

Get active and apply for a MUN Passport! 

 

Youth as a Supportive Team

“Cope with the Impacts of War in Gaza 2014: Youth as a Supportive Team”

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This seminar was held in Gaza on 16 July 2015, hosted by Abrar Charity Association and organized by a group of young people. The seminar was dedicated to one of the greatest challenges facing youth in Gaza: How to respond effectively to the effects of the 2014 war.

The seminar brought together 10 participants representing a variety of fields (civil engineering, environmental engineering, business administration, accounting and geographic information system) to find answers and to give recommendations to the most pressing questions of youth’s role in coping with the war.

Seminar participants discussed the effects of 2014 Gaza war on three important sectors:

  • Environmental sector
  • Social sector
  • Economic sector

Background

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas around the world, inhabited by approximately 2 million people with youth representing 35% of the total population. Gaza sustained immeasurable damage in the 2014 war. Its effects pervade all aspects of Gaza life: economic, political, social and environmental. This war resulted in more than 2131 fatalities and 11000 casualties, more than 65% of which were youth.

grafik 2The seminar discussed the most important sectors influenced by the 2014 war on Palestinian society. The team identified the main effects of the war and a plan was developed to deal with these effects through several events and activities such as dissemination of ideas to the largest possible number of educated youth groups to utilize their potential in serving Palestinian community.

The first topic up for discussion was environmental effects of the war and how young people can help mitigate these effects. Second, the team discussed the social impacts and some recommendations were given. Finally the group debated the effects of the war on the economic sector.

The outcome of each of these discussion sessions are presented in this Seminar Report.

Note: UNYANET supports all efforts to engage and empower youth, through means of discussion and peaceful activities, to find sustainable conflict solutions and promote lasting peace. This article has been written by the affected youth and does not reflect any political position of UNYANET.