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
Who is GIMUN?
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.
The 13th Tyumen Model UN (www.tmun.utmn.ru) is over!
Over the past three days (March 27 – 29, 2015), a huge work in five UN bodies speaking three different languages had been done. As a result, all of them adopted worthy resolutions concerning the following agendas:
– Security Council (eng): Islamic State as a Threat to the World Community, – Security Council (rus): The role and responsibility of the UN Security Council in the prevention of genocide – Future Security Council (eng): Crisis in Spain: Escalation of Armed Conflict, – Sicherheitsrat: Einsatz privater Militärfirmen durch die UN, – Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (rus): Global Agreement on Climate Change for the post‐Kyoto period.
Headquarters of UNA Slovenia
Previous weekend the smell of dusty furniture, lively chatter of volunteers and youthful energy were spreading from the storage room at the headquarters of the UN Association of Slovenia. To mark the Day of Changes (28 March) the volunteers of Slovenian UN Association decided it was time to roll up their sleeves and arrange a cleaning action to organize association headquarters and make them ready for new projects of the coming year.
Friday and Saturday were devoted to team building and organizing the Association headquarters in Ljubljana, which have been home to UN Association of Slovenia since 1962.
Members of the UN Association of Jyväskylä, UN Youth of Finland have attended a lecture by Mr. Hassan Shire, a pan-African human rights defender and director of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). He gave a lecture at the KIOS morning seminar in Helsinki on the situation of human rights defenders in the East and Horn of Africa and their role in the development of the area. KIOS is the Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights. It promotes human rights in the developing countries by granting funding to human rights projects.