On Sunday, 13th November 2016 The United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) organized its first series of interactive webinars on “Internet Governance and Youth: achieving SDGs” to answer fundamental questions on what Internet governance is and why it is important for youth in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The session included a 15 minutes presentation, a 15 minutes interactive discussion where worldwide participants had the opportunity to exchange questions with experts in the field and finally 5 minutes for closing remarks.
I was invited in my capacity as the policy analyst lead of the Internet Governance in the Middle East and North African region Igmena program and kicked off the webinar by evoking the definition of Internet governance which is the development and application of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. Internet governance should not be confused with the centralized government usage or control of the Internet or E-Governance, which refers to governments’ use of technology to carry out their governing duties. Continue reading →
The General Assembly of the UN Youth Network (UNYANET) celebrated in Barcelona during 21st – 24th, September, 2016 was a great success! The conference hosted by the UN Association of Spain welcomed participants from UN Youth Associations and UN Association-Youth Sections from Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland among others who also participated online.
The General Assembly had as a guest speaker Eduard Segarra, the President of the UN Association of Spain. Also took place, a youth and migration workshop addressing the major challenges of the current refugee crisis at the office of the Youth Secretary of the Government of Catalonia. Moreover, the talented group of young participants had a reception and official visit to the Parliament of Catalonia. The conference evaluated the activities developed on the different projects carried out during the last term. Additionally, youth representatives participated to a brainstorming workshop on how to create win-win situations to foster new projects in collaboration with other UN Youth Associations and UN Associations-Youth Sections.
GIMUN is an accredited NGO by the United Nations fully managed by students and has a special consultative status by the Economic and Social Council committee. GIMUN is part of JUNES (the Swiss UN Youth Association) who is one of the founding members of UNYANET. Each year we have the chance to welcome to Geneva, in our different activities, around 500 students from all across the world. Our main event is the Annual Conference where we try to bring students closer to the diplomatic and political world. We seek to promote the UN values in order to achieve a greater peace. During the different events, the participants learn how essential negotiation and collaboration are, and their key-role for development. “Bringing students closer to the United Nations” Continue reading →
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.
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” Continue reading →
‘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
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. 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:Continue reading →
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.
Moritz and Julia presented the project “UN at School”, where teamers conduct a session with high-school students about the UN Continue reading →
Abrar Charity Association in cooperation with UNYANET organized a seminar on 13 August in Gaza, Palestine to celebrate International Youth Day, with the primary objective to empower youth civic participation. Two main issues were discussed:
Helping youth realize their potential
Empower youth initiatives and activate volunteer work
Ms. Ann-Christine Niepelt, former Youth Advisor of UNA Germany and former Head of UNYA Germany, was the international guest on the occasion. Via skype she represented the first topic with focus on establishment of United Nations Youth Association (UNYA) and how to send a youth delegate to the United Nations. Also she highlighted the importance of youth in making the change.
Mr. Mahmoud Alghefari, training and development specialist, gave a detailed presentation from his experience on empower youth initiatives and activate volunteer work. Discussing the way to form a youth initiative which is practically applied at the seminar.
Thirty participants, students and graduates, attended the seminar to get an idea about youth initiatives and how they help to improve the community.
Many youth organizations around the world work tirelessly for youth civic engagement in their countries. Every day. With a lot of passion, but often limited budget. International Youth Day, commemorated on 12 August, marks a great occasion to thank all those who dedicate their time to empower youth. And to reflect on the major obstacles for youth civic engagement.
Meet the members, partners, observers and volunteers of UNYANET as they tell us about youth concerns in their countries! Check out the UNYANET campaign and hear from Austria, Bangladesh, Germany, Mongolia, Slovenia, Switzerland and many more.
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!
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.
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