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:
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!