UNYANET adds a fifth project in its activities by launching a blog at the International Press Freedom Day 3 May 2013. The blog supports the freedom of expression and the inclusion of the youth by offering a global channel of communication from the youth to decision-makers and a tool for perfecting the youth’s ideas about world politics through interaction. UNYANET invites everybody to participate in the exchange of views and especially the UN agencies and international leaders to follow the discussions.
We are glad that we can announce that registration for the Model UN (MUN) Workshop in Vienna, July 8-11, 2013, has finally started!
The workshop targets at MUN-Societys, MUN-Organizers, faculties and anyone else, holding a MUN Conference within the upcoming year. It will provide expertise by senior UN-Staff, about the respective councils, committees and UN-Bodies, such as the Security Council, the Human Rights Council and as well Vienna based Organizations such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The registration form can be accessed at outreach.un.org/mun where you can find useful information as well. If there are any questions regarding the Workshop or the application process, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Deadline: June 15
On Wednesday 10 April 2013, Mr. Adama Dieng, a Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide, was a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. Co-organized by the UNA Slovenia Youth Section, Mr. Dieng held a lecture on the topic of hate speech and the stimulation of genocide. He raised problems that the international community faces when determining stimulation of genocide and trying to find a balance between the freedom of speech and the prevention of hate speech.
UNYANET is organizing a Board Meeting in Geneva. It will take place from Saturday 11 May to Monday 13 May.
On Saturday and Sunday, the participants will discuss and work on several topics like the upcoming General Assembly of UNYANET, the Public Relations of the network and the IT infrastructure and its capabilities as well as “do all the stuff that is more fun to do while having a coffee with friends.”
On Monday, the participants will meet with United Nations entities and, if possible, other representatives of international organisations and assocations present in Geneva to discuss the development of the network and how the collaboration opportunities can be increased.
The participation at this event is open for every member of the network who is interested in contributing to and working on the next development steps. If you are interested, just send us an email.
The capital of the Western part of Romania will again be the host of Banat Model United Nations, now reaching it’s third edition. The conference will take place 26-28 April 2013 at West University of Timisoara, and the deadline for application is 14 April 2013.
It took a while, but we are glad to announce that the pictures from the Youth Project Cooperation Seminar and the General Assembly of UNYANET 2012, which took place in Izmir, Turkey, are finally online.
You have been there and are missing a picture? Let us know.
On Thursday, 21 March 2013, the United Nations Association of Slovenia celebrated the World Water Day by organizing a roundtable “More space for water”. The issue of water is increasingly at the forefront of political debate in light of climate change, pollution and rapid population growth.
The second annual assembly of UNA Slovenia Youth Section was held on Wednesday, 13 March 2013. Members of the Youth Section reviewed last year’s activities and set a work plan for 2013 that will focus on the international year of cooperation in the field of water and active international cooperation.
Dr. Dušan Plut : “Climate change will also require sustainable water resource management in Slovenia”
To celebrate the International World Water Day (22 March), UNA Slovenia organized a roundtable on 21 March called ”More space for water”. In preparation for the panel discussion, they talked to prof. Dr. Dušan Plut from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, about water resources in Slovenia. His fields of research include geography, natural resources and hydrology. In the interview, Dr. Plut explains challenges related to the water situation in Slovenia, proposes means to overcome these challenges, and presents different point of views on the eco-friendliness of hydroelectricity.
Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj: “To avoid conflicts, we should agree on energy and water”
Slovenia has been in an uproar recently in response to the EU Water Framework Directive on the management of water resources, which manages the granting of concessions and allows the flow of private capital into the water sector. In preparation for the panel discussion on International Water Day, the United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) sat down with Prof. Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj to discuss the impact of the directive in Slovenia and the importance of water management, especially when taking climate change into consideration.