About Honna Marttila

Ms. Honna Marttila is the PR Officer of UNYANET 2012-2013 and a former President of UNYA Finland. She was a trainee at the Finnish Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva during the spring 2013. Previously, she has worked at the Finnish Embassy in Abuja and interned at UNDP Jamaica and Crisis Management Initiative.

UNYANET Summit 2013 met with the Slovenian president Mr. Borut Pahor

UNYANET Summit 2013 met with the Slovenian President Mr. Borut Pahor

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor (right), with the President of the UNA Slovenia Youth Section, Ms. Adriana Aralica. Photo: UNA Slovenia Youth Section

President Pahor: “Youth are the most powerful driving force of social and economic development in the world”

UNYANET Summit 2013 in Ljubljana was held under honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor, and during the Summit, the participants had the honor of meeting the Slovenian President (20 August 2013). In the debate, the President openly expressed his views on current international issues, consequences of the global crisis, future of the European Union and on the role of the United Nations in the world.

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UNYA Finland – Campaign on the situation of the youth in South Sudan

UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, Helsinki 25-26 May 2013. Photo: Anniina Huttunen.

UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, Helsinki 25-26 May 2013. Photo: Anniina Huttunen.

UNYA Finland was present at the World Village Festival in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2013 with the theme of the situation of the youth in South Sudan. Promoting a UN Security Council resolution on Youth, Peace and Security is one of the main goals of UNYA Finland, and the theme was thus presented also at the festival that brought together hundreds of civil society organizations, different performances and 85,000 visitors.

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UNYA Switzerland – Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility

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Global Compact Summit at the UN headquarters. UN Photo/Mark Garten

This summer an innovative intercultural study project between UNYA Switzerland and UNYA Ghana sets new standards for global collaboration between UN Youth associations.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gained increased global attention in the recent years for its potential to tackle future global challenges of conflicting demands. Situated in between major global actors, CSR is a tool targeting companies and businesses to uphold certain ethical standards in their practices. It is an attempt to balance the global economy and build a stronger global social and environmental equilibrium.

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Application for UN Young Professionals Programme 2013 open

UN CareersThe United Nations announced that the application for their YPP program has been opened. The United Nations “is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination.” Continue reading

UNYANET Summit 2013 Press Release

UNYANET Summit 2013, LjubljanaUNYANET is pleased to announce a new format for its annual meeting by UNYANET Summit 2013 including a Capacity Building Seminar and the third UNYANET General Assembly in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 19-23 August 2013.

See full Press Release – UNYANET Summit 2013.

UNYANET Summit 2013 Registration is Open

UNYANET Summit 2013, LjubljanaRegistration to UNYANET Summit 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is now open!

UNYANET Summit 2013 will take place 19-23 August 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and all members and observers are encouraged to attend. The program will include a national capacity building seminar in form of workshops and interactive project development and the UNYANET General Assembly on the last day, 23 August.

For more information and registration, please refer to UNYANET Summit 2013 Website.

UNYA Romania – Summer School on “New Perspectives on Diplomacy”

UNYA Romania Summer SchoolSomeone said “summer”? Since it’s already here, it’s also time to start making some plans instead of worrying about your finals 24/7.

UN Youth Association of Romania comes forward with the proposal of combining learning, socializing and having fun in one of the most exciting capitals of Europe: Bucharest! From 25 to 31 July, UNYA Romania organizes a Summer School focused on “New Perspectives on Diplomacy”. The participants will have the opportunity to meet worldwide known diplomats and learn about this field in Romania’s top administrative and academic institutions.

Application for this educational and multi-cultural experience is now open at the “Registration” section of UNYA Romania website until 15 June.

UNYANET Blog is open!

UNYANET LogoUNYANET adds a fifth project in its activities by launching a blog at the International Press Freedom Day 3 May 2013.  The blog supports the freedom of expression and the inclusion of the youth by offering a global channel of communication from the youth to decision-makers and a tool for perfecting the youth’s ideas about world politics through interaction. UNYANET invites everybody to participate in the exchange of views and especially the UN agencies and international leaders to follow the discussions.

Please see a full Press Release and visit the new UNYANET Blog.

UNA Slovenia Youth Section – Adama Dieng lectured on Hate Speech and Stimulation of Genocide

Adama Dieng (left)

Mr. Adama Dieng (left) in the company of the President of UNA Slovenia, Dr. Bojko Bučar

On Wednesday 10 April 2013, Mr. Adama Dieng, a Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide, was a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. Co-organized by the UNA Slovenia Youth Section, Mr. Dieng held a lecture on the topic of hate speech and the stimulation of genocide. He raised problems that the international community faces when determining stimulation of genocide and trying to find a balance between the freedom of speech and the prevention of hate speech.

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