About Adriana Aralica

Adriana Aralica is the president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section and a member of UNA Slovenia Executive Board. She is project manager and leader of the volunteers’ group at UNA Slovenia. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and currently she is finishing Master’s degree in Diplomacy at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is a strong believer in human rights and youth engagement in civil society.

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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Celebration of United Nations Day with UNA Slovenia

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Every year, on the evening before the United Nations (UN) Day, the UN Association of Slovenia (UNAS) with strong support of volunteers of UNAS Youth Section, organizes the UN Day Celebration.

This year was no different when advocates of the UN values gathered on Thursday, 23rd of October, at the University of Ljubljana.

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Young Delegates Discussed the Challenges of Energy Security

Youth Conference on Energy Security

Youth Conference on Energy Security

Model United Nations Slovenia Club (MUNSC), first Slovenian Model United Nations (MUN) Club which is part of the United Nations Association of Slovenia Youth Section, organized in cooperation with Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs Graz a MUN simulation titled Youth Conference on Energy Security. The conference was held between 8 and 11 July 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. The conference was attended by more than 40 participants from Slovenia and Austria, as well as from some other countries (Croatia, India, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, Poland and Serbia). Participants tested their negotiations skills as delegates in two committees: Joint Cabinet Crisis which discussed the situation in Ukraine; and G20 meeting with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) representatives at which the delegates debated about energy security and phasing out the reliance on fossil fuels. As part of the conference, round tables and workshops were organized.

At the opening of the conference, Professor Bojko Bučar, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and president of the UNA Slovenia welcomed the participants. Two roundtables were organized at the first day of the conference which were moderated by Assistant Professor Boštjan Udovič, PhD, from the Faculty of Social Sciences. The first round table titled Energy Security within the Framework of the European Union was attended by Ms. Tina Seršen, MSc (Slovenian Ministry of the Infrastructure and Spatial Planning), Mr. Dennis Hesseling, PhD, (Head of the Gas Department at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators – ACER), while Mrs. Tamara Weingerl Požar, M.Phil (Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), was unfortunately not present due to urgent obligations, but, instead, she kindly sent her thoughts, which were presented by the moderator. The speakers presented the energy security in Europe and Slovenia and also spoke about open issues regarding fossil fuels, natural gas and its distribution and about European directives in this field.

The second round table titled Energy Diplomacy and its Current Challenges proved that diplomatic relations concerning energy issues are extremely important in today’s international arena. The round table was attended by H. E. István Szent-Iványi, PhD, Ambassador (Hungarian Embassy in Ljubljana), Mr. Christopher Yvon, Chargé d’Affaires (British Embassy Ljubljana), and Mr. Nathan Ringger, Political Officer (Embassy of the United States of America in Ljubljana). The diplomats also spoke about the importance of energy security in foreign and internal policies of states and touched upon the situation in Ukraine.

On the second day, a workshop on energy literacy was organized in cooperation with the project En-lite which was attended by Ms. Mojca Drevenšek, MSc (Consensus Communications), Mr. Samo Fürst (Gen energija d. o. o.), Mr. Darko Kramar (ELES d. o. o.) and Mr. Franc Žlahtič, PhD (Plinovodi d. o. o.). The speakers presented the sustainability of energy and renewable energy sources, energy supply security and geopolitical aspects of natural gas supply.

On the third day of the conference, the participants met with former president of the Republic of Slovenia Professor Danilo Türk, PhD, and discussed energy security and its current challenges and developments in the international community.

The closing ceremony was held at the Municipality of Ljubljana. The Deputy Mayor Ms. Tjaša Ficko, Msc, addressed the participants and presented the project Ljubljana – European Green Capital 2016.

The discussions during the simulation in both committees were lively and intense, participants improved their negotiations and rhetoric skills, established contacts with their peers from abroad, and certainly the newly gained knowledge on global issues will be transferred into the local environment of participants.

The conference could not be carried out without our partner organization Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs Graz and without the selfless support of our sponsors: Municipality of Ljubljana, ŠOU Ljubljana – društveno stičišče ŠOU v Ljubljani, Faculty of Social Sciences, U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Union hotels, Mercator – Emba d. d., ŠO FDV, Spirit Slovenija, Pivovarna Union, Roiss dva, d. o. o. and e-Študentski servis. We would like to thank to all our sponsors!

Successful conclusion of the Summer School on the United Nations

UN Summer School

UN Summer School

United Nations Association of Slovenia organized the “Summer school on the United Nations: Youth competencies for the challenges of the globalized world” held from 10th until 12th September 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. The 3-days conference was attended by 30 young activists from Slovenia and abroad.

The conference began with a welcome address by Professor Bojko Bučar, PhD, UNA Slovenia president and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the keynote speech by H. E. Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli who spoke about the role of youth in modern world. The programme continued with a lecture on diplomatic protocol presented by Assistant Professor Boštjan Udovič, PhD, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, and a workshop on employment opportunities in the UN, carried out by Martin Nesirky, director of the UN Information Service Vienna. The day concluded with a discussion with the Slovenian UN Youth Delegate Miha Pongrac.

Events at the UN Summer School

Events at the UN Summer School

The second day was dedicated to various aspects of peacekeeping operations. Assistant Professor Janja Vuga, PhD, from the Faculty of Social Sciences presented the concept of peacekeeping operations, and Blaise Ndamnsah introduced the concept of cultural mediation and International Protection Systems on the Case of CARA Refugee Centre in Gradisca D’isonzo (Italy). During the second part of the day, interactive workshops on peacekeeping operations and intercultural dialogue followed, which were carried out by UNA Slovenia volunteers.

During the last day of the conference, the participants gained knowledge on project management through workshop carried out by Boštjan Jerman from UNA Slovenia. The day continued with a leadership workshop carried out by Tjaša Arko and Jaka Kovač from Slovenian Philanthropy; and concluded with a lecture on various aspects of lobbying at national, European and international level, presented by Lousewies van der Laan, vice-president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

Events at the UN Summer School

Events at the UN Summer School

The participants’ feedback was excellent. The conference addressed various issues from the UN agenda and also various skills that are necessary for young people to effectively address the challenges of the globalized world.

For more information about the Summer School, please click here.

UNA Slovenia issues a publication “Youth and the United Nations” on the International Youth Day

international youth dayUnited Nations Association of Slovenia celebrates the International Youth Day (12 August) by issuing a publication “Youth and the United Nations”. The publication provides an overview of the UN activities in the field of youth and opportunities for youth to engage in activities from the UN agenda – the institutes UN Youth Delegate and UNESCO messenger, as well as the results of a survey in which UNA Slovenia researched the opinion of Slovenian youth on the UN. The publication was prepared in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Slovenia. In the preface, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi shared his thoughts. Introductory words were prepared by the president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica and the president of the National Youth Council of Slovenia Tea Jarc. Authors of the publication are Urška Učakar, Adriana Aralica, Miha Pongrac and Mateja Robnik.

The UN recognized the importance of addressing youth issues; youth is one of the priorities of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This publication is a result of UNA Slovenia’s efforts to bring the UN closer to young people in Slovenia and abroad. Aim of the publication “Youth and the United Nations” is to provide the information on the UN and to encourage youth to get engaged in UN issues.

Summer School on the United Nations

summer schoolThe United Nations Association of Slovenia-Youth organizes the “Summer school on the United Nations: Youth competencies for the challenges of the globalized world” – a 3-days youth conference which will be attended by young activists aged between 18 and 30 years. The conference will be organized in Ljubljana between10 and 12 September 2014.

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Roundtable on women in peacekeeping operations

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On Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 the roundtable on Women in Peacekeeping operations took place at the United Nations Association of Slovenia. The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Janja Vuga, an assistant professor in the Chair of Defence Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, and an expert on military sociology and peacekeeping operations. Other participants were Major Nataša Zorman, a member of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Deputy Commander of ISAF contingent in KFOR, Anita Baltić, a member of the Slovenian Police, head of the Slovenian police contingent in EULEX Kosovo and Melita Šinkovec, civil functional expert. Continue reading

Workshops on intercultural dialogue for students of Slovenian primary and secondary schools

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Photo: Workshops on intercultural dialogue, UNA Slovenia

The United Nations Association of Slovenia prepared a workshop on intercultural dialogue and is carrying it out in Slovenian primary and secondary schools in cooperation with Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO.

In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 2013 – 2022 as the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was entitled with the coordination of the activities which will seek to promote social inclusion and intercultural dialogue with the aim of improving global understanding in the world. Continue reading

UNA Slovenia – Youth Section honoured the International Day of Democracy

UNA Slovenia Youth Section, a member of the newly established UN Youth Association Network (UNYANET), prepared a special activity to honour this year’s International Day of Democracy. Young Slovenian UN enthusiasts decided to collect as many thoughts on democracy as possible in order to publish them on the web pages of UNA Slovenia and UNYANET. The activity was taking place at the Bazaar of Slovenian NGOs in the centre of Ljubljana on the 15th of September. Visitors of the bazaar were invited to the booth of UNA Slovenia where they were encouraged to share their views on democracy, discuss the role of UN in supporting democratic processes around the world and given a chance to read Secretary-general’s message on the Day of Democracy.

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