What an amazing experience! Being the Secretary General of the Model UN in Italy has been a privilege and a great opportunity for me. Everything began in September when Consules, the Italian association which organizes the MUN, chose me for guiding the national staff through this incredible journey. Hard work and dedication, hours of meeting and promotion all around the country made possible the realization of a conference that has seen the participation of more than one thousand delegates from all over the world. Thanks to my staff and the support of my fellow colleagues of the UNYANET the conference has been a real success. Four days of intensive work, five committees (Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the United Nations Development Program) have become the natural habitat of the future leaders of the international community. The resolutions created were incredibly well done, proving that students motivated in doing something can achieve incredible results. What really makes this experience a dream is that it gathers people who really care about international current challenges of the international community and gives them the opportunity to test their ability to work in a competitive-cooperative arena at the aim of finding an answer to the great problems to which the real leaders of the countries have to face with. From my personal point of view, the role of the SG gave me the possibility to understand the whole process that the MUN creates from a higher perspective. Being involved in the organization of this event means that everything is under your control and you have the chance to decide about the development of this dream. You became the architect of this life-experience, a huge responsibility, believe me! However, when the simulation finished, I definitively realized how important this journey had been for me. The kick-off meeting with my staff revealed for real how much passion we put in realizing the conference. I don’t know if in the future I will have another chance of being a Secretary General but I personally suggest all the students, as I was, to take the opportunity of living this great experience that is a Model United Nations. As the former Secretary General, I would like to invite you to seize this opportunity to learn all you can about the United Nations and imagine how you can contribute to empower the global community to prosper. I am confident that your passion will guide you through this amazing and fascinating adventure and in the days to come. Be brave, be diplomat, be MUNers.
FinMUN 2017 has ended, delegates have returned home and the organizers have finished all their conference-related tasks. It’s been a while since the conference came to an end, so now is the time to look back and sum up the conference.
I sat in both the Environmental Assembly and in the Security Council, spending most of my time in the latter. Being the primary point of contact between the delegates and the organizing team in the days before the conference, I had gotten to know some of the delegates beforehand and I had an idea of the skills, experience and enthusiasm levels of all the delegates selected for the conference. Having said that, the level of research, commitment and professionalism shown by the delegates in both committees came as a surprise, a very pleasant one at that, starting on day one of the committees. Continue reading
Aalborg branch – 24. April 2017
On a gloomy Monday in the “Paris of the North”, UNYA Denmark’s Aalborg branch has held its first UNYA Talks event since its launch back in November 2016. Even though students all around the area are currently in the middle of their exam season, many young people were interested to hear the thoughts of Finn Reske-Nielsen, who has worked for the United Nations for over 35 years, on the United Nations (UN) and its relevance in the 21st century.
The event started with a few minutes of information about UNYA Denmark, after which Mr. Reske-Nielsen began his presentation by talking about his extended experiences with the United Nations. This included serving as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, holding posts with the UNHCR in Switzerland and Zambia and in the Department of Political Affairs of the UN Secretariat in New York, as well as working as Deputy Special- Representative for the Secretary General in Timor-Leste.
Next, he discussed what the four main purposes of the United Nations Continue reading
STUDY TRIP 2017
Theme: Towards a peace agreement: Cyprus, Turkey
When: 20th June – 6th July 2017
Where: Cyprus and Turkey
How much: 450 CHF (airplane fare excluded)
In January 2017, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders of Cyprus entered into a week of intensive talks to reach a peace agreement and to end 43 years of division on the island. Will Cyprus soon be reunited, as the UN, the European Union and the two leaders of the Mediterranean island hope? According to the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, a consensus seems difficult to find. Continue reading
Once more Belgrade was a center for young people who are seeking the opportunity to learn more about the UN system and the world of diplomacy. As every year in March, United Nations Association of Serbia organizes this Model UN conference for ambitious university and high school students. It is our goal to connect young people of the world so that they can exchange their knowledge and good practices through using UN tools and procedures for that. For 14th year in a row this method showed to be very successful and we can proudly say that we will continue to work on the same project with the same compassion in the future. Continue reading
Finnish Model United Nations conference 2017: The Arctic
Welcome to the FinMUN2017 conference, organized in Helsinki in April 5-8. FinMUN is the only university level model UN organized in Finland. Our specialty is that we are quite a small conference, which makes it easy for the delegates to get to know everyone. Due to this, it is also a good conference for people trying out MUNs for the first time. And of course, we offer our participants first-hand experience of sauna diplomacy at our traditional sauna evening!
This year our theme for the conference is the Arctic. We chose the Arctic as a theme because Finland will be chairing the Arctic council from May 2017 onwards. We also believe the Arctic to be an important region, with a unique environment and geographical location. The region is affected both by climate change and territorial claims. Therefore we want to invite our participants to discuss the Arctic both from security-related matters, as well as from an environmental perspective. Continue reading
Who is GIMUN?
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
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.
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