UNYANET 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.
Dr. Dušan Plut : “Climate change will also require sustainable water resource management in Slovenia”
To celebrate the International World Water Day (22 March), UNA Slovenia organized a roundtable on 21 March called ”More space for water”. In preparation for the panel discussion, they talked to prof. Dr. Dušan Plut from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, about water resources in Slovenia. His fields of research include geography, natural resources and hydrology. In the interview, Dr. Plut explains challenges related to the water situation in Slovenia, proposes means to overcome these challenges, and presents different point of views on the eco-friendliness of hydroelectricity.
Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj: “To avoid conflicts, we should agree on energy and water”
Slovenia has been in an uproar recently in response to the EU Water Framework Directive on the management of water resources, which manages the granting of concessions and allows the flow of private capital into the water sector. In preparation for the panel discussion on International Water Day, the United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) sat down with Prof. Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj to discuss the impact of the directive in Slovenia and the importance of water management, especially when taking climate change into consideration.
UN Association of Finland together with its partners proposes a resolution on Youth, Peace and Security to be adopted by the UN Security Council. The aim of the initiative and the possible resolution would be to increase the involvement of the youth in all decision-making and social change worldwide. To have your say and sign the petition, visit the Youth, Peace and Security initiative website.
As per the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/154 passed on 11 February 2011, the year 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. The International Day of Water has been decided for 22 March already in A/RES/47/193 in 1992.
The resolutions point out among other things that access to clean water has a remarkable impact on economic development and social well-being. The more recent one also notes that the climate change has its effects on both water quantity and quality. Access to clean water is the most basic need for life, and yet, so many people around the world face major difficulties with reaching it.
As we approach 2013, we wanted to share with you a new App launched by UNDPI earlier this month which we hope you will find useful. This electronic version of the print “United Nations Making a Difference 2013″ educational calendar is a handy tool that not only uses international days to showcase what the UN does through photos, videos and web links, but also features what the UN does in peace and security, economic development, social development, human rights, environment, international law, humanitarian affairs, health etc.
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.
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