Photo: FinMUN participants at the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki including Ambassador Anders Ahnlid; Secretary-General of FinMUN, Sandra Mitts; and President of UNYANET, Pau Petit
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 →
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 →
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 →
From 14-16 August, UNYA Germany met for its annual Summer School and 27th General Assembly. This year, it took place in Gießen. The programme for 25 attendees was diverse, alternating seminars, workshops and exchanges. Results include the election of Moritz Limbacher, who now teams with Jonas Meereis as heads of UNYA Germany.
Moritz and Julia presented the project “UN at School”, where teamers conduct a session with high-school students about the UN Continue reading →
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.
In the end of March, the members of UNA Slovenia gathered at the yearly General Assembly at which they adopted an annual program and financial report on the work of Association in 2014, reviewed the report of the Supervisory Committee for 2014 and adopted the annual program report for the year 2015.
Kaja Primorac, the newly elected president of the Youth Section, was presented for the first time to the broader membership at the General Assembly, which was opened by President of UNA Slovenia, prof. Bojko Bučar. At this occasion the members presented Adriana Aralica, long-time and leaving president of Youth Section with a symbolic gift and thanked her for a successful previous work with a big applause.
The candidacy procedure and elections for the Board of the UNA Slovenia were also held at the General Assembly. Among the current members remain prof. Bojko Bučar as president, prof. Miriam Škrk, Ambassador Sanja Štiglic, Zofija Klemen Krek, Jože Hartman, Miloš Kosić and Boštjan Jerman.
Gašper Hrastelj, Danijel Crnčec, Adriana Aralica and Kaja Primorac, who were elected unanimously, filled the vacant positions. Prof. Borut Bohte was elected as a member of Supervisory Commitee.
Longtime president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica (left) and new president Kaja Primorac (right).
Together with this year’s March spring breeze came also a new team to the UNA Slovenia Youth Section. A new Board, which will lead young volunteers in the coming year, was elected at the fourth Member’s Assembly of the Youth Section on the 25th February.
A longtime activist Adriana Aralica, who is responsible for the establishment of the Youth Section, its excellent operation and commitment of its volunteers in the past four years, stepped down as the President of the Youth Section.
New Board of the UNA Slovenia Youth Section was elected, consisting of Kaja Primorac as a president of the Youth Section, Sabina Carli as a Vice President, Arbnore Avdylaj, Ajda Gracia Golob, Maruša Rus, Vid Tomić and Urška Učakar.