Heated discussions on global refugee crisis at MUNSC Salient: Youth Conference on Global Matters

 

Opening ceremony

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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UNA Slovenia Board has four new members

10423260_949502451748466_4901799925797983141_nIn 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.

UNA Slovenia Youth Section has elected a new Board

Longtime president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica (left) and new president Kaja Primorac (right.

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.

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UNA Russia – Tyumen Youth Section organizes 13th TMUN conference

bOk6ieS36OcThe 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.

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Day of Changes at the UNA Youth Slovenia

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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.

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UN Youth of Finland attends KIOS seminar on Human Rights Defenders and Their Role for Development in East and Horn of Africa

First Phase DigitalMembers 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.

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Speaking French, Spanish or English? MUIMUN wants YOU!

Do you fancy the thrilling game of world politics? Become an ambassador yourself by representing a foreign country in our 5-days United Nations simulation in Münster, Germany. The conference will take place from 28 March to 1 April.

MUIMUN (Münster University International Model United Nations) offers the chance to meet people from around the world and get involved in thrilling debates about global issues in 9 different UN-related committees following genuine UN rules. The days of committee debates are added by a brilliant daily social evening programme. Please find more information at www.muimun.org.Registrations are open till 15 March 2015 via www.muimun.org/registration/ .

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Münster.

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Salut tout le monde!Tu parles couramment français et t’intéresses à la politique internationale et aux Nations Unies? Tu envisages débattre en français des sujets actuels au niveau de la politique mondiale avec d’autres étudiants motivés? Alors, il faut s’inscrire immédiatement au comité UNESCO à MUIMUN 2015 ! Ça sera la deuxième fois qu´un simulation d´UNESCO s´enrôle en français. Deux Chairs expérimentés vont vous accompagner au cours de cette expérience MUN complètement nouvelle.

Enregistrez-vous pour faire partie de MUIMUN 2015 !
Plus d´information sur le comité et sur les sujets : http://www.muimun.org/…/united-nations-educational-scienti…/
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Ay perdón!Hablas español con fluidez? Te interesa la política internacional de las NN.UU. y América Latina? Tienes curiosidad por discutir en español con otros estudiantes sobre temas actuales de Suramérica representando uno de los países? Entonces únete y inscríbete en la CEPAL (Comisión Económica para América Latina) en MUIMUN 2015!

La CEPAL hispanohablante tiene su larga tradición en MUIMUN. Cada año el comité está dirigido por un Chair Duo experimentado y garantiza siempre discusiones vehementes y mucha diversión!

Regístrate en www.muimun.org.
Más información sobre el comité y los temas en: http://www.muimun.org/…/comision-economica-para-america-la…/

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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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Sustainable Development Summer School with UNYA Germany

JUNON Summer School Participants

Post-2015 Agenda? Only with us!

This self-conception joined all 17 participants of this year’s Summer School of the United Nations Youth Association Germany – UNYA (“Junges UNO-Netzwerk Deutschland”, “JUNON”). Under the motto „Post-2015 Agenda – Future Rethought“, the group met from 24-27.09.2014 in Bonn, not only to inform themselves about the process of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG’s) but also to discuss the topic and become active themselves.

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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!