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.
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.
Two Model UN (MUN) Workshops are being organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) this summer. The first will be held from 8–11 July 2013 in partnership with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna and the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria (UNYSA-Austria). The second will be held from 26-29 August 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York. Continue reading
Honna Marttila, PR Officer of UNYANET, and Daniel Hardegger, President of UNYANET, are working on an article for the new blog about the media work of the UN. To do so, they need your help. They created a questionnaire to find out where you get your news about the UN and what do think about to get the news about the UN on social media like facebook or Twitter. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to fill out the questionnaire and will help very much.
You can find the questionnaire here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDFLSkpQMDJZeGVnZDI5TV9KUTF6NGc6MQ
Today is World AIDS Day. “World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.” According to the official report by UNAIDS 2012, relased on 20 November, a “50% drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries” has been achieved. ““The pace of progress is quickening—what used to take a decade is now being achieved in 24 months,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We are scaling up faster and smarter than ever before. It is the proof that with political will and follow through we can reach our shared goals by 2015.”
It is important to know how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented and how the reality is today of living with HIV. By using this knowledge, you can take care of your own health as well as those of others and ensure that those living with HIV are treated fairly, with respect and understanding. Check out the World AIDS Campaign with more information or the page UNAIDS or try the HIV aware quiz to check your knowledge.
We upgraded our the official UNYANET calendar on our web site. You can now find all the events of UNYANET, its member associations as well as its partners. This is therefore the easiest way to get an overview about the activities of the UNYANET, its members associations and how to join them. Just click on a specific event and you will find more information about it. You can also important the calendar and never miss an event of UNYANET and its member associations. We will constantly update and upgrade the calendar with any upcoming events.
You have an event you would like us to add the calendar? Just send us a mail!
Today is the International Day of Peace. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that “On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world.
We also ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence, at noon local time, to honour the victims – those who have lost their lives, and those who survived but must now cope with trauma and pain.”
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
In 2001, the General Assembly established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. More information can be found on the official page of the United Nations.
GIMUN is looking for six Chairpersons to moderate their committees in the annual conference. Chairpersons are in charge of the quality of content at the annual conference. Before the annual conference, they must choose the subjects to be discussed in the committees and write study guides in collaboration with their Liaison Officers. The Chairperson must help the delegates prepare themselves effectively for the conference. During the conference itself, the Chairpersons moderate debates, encourage a working atmosphere and verify the progress of resolution-writing. Chairpersons are supervised by Under-Secretary General of Committee Management. The role of Chairperson requires someone with leadership and organization skills, and equally demands sufficient knowledge in the selected subjects to guarantee quality debates.
Information about the application can be found here. For information, please contact GIMUN.
Due the amazing success of Michael’s live coverage of the UNDPI MUN Workshop last week, we decided to continue with this kind of news coverage for the UNYANET Youth Projects and Cooperation Seminar as well as for the General Assembly 2012 in Izmir. The established “live” coverage will be made by our participants. They will regularly post news and pictures of the event. To get the news as soon as possible, you can follow our tumblr-page or our Twitter-page.
We are always looking for members who want to share their impressions of ongoing events like Model United Nations, workshops, seminars, penal discussions etc. If you are attending such an event, let us know be sending us an mail.