Crowdsourcing Platform for Youth Priorities in the Post-2015 Agenda

On 18 February the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, in partnership with other UN entities, international NGOs, and youth groups and stakeholders, has launched the online crowdsourcing platform for youth priorities in the post-2015 development agenda. Moderated by both UN agencies and youth organizations, this online crowdsourcing platform allows for the instant interaction between thousands of young people around the world, giving them the opportunity to share their ideas on youth development. The expected outcome of the crowdsourcing initiative is a consolidated list of youth priorities to be shared with Member States for the intergovernmental deliberations.
Ahmad Alhendawi encourages youth constituencies to not only join in the online discussions, but also mobilize their networks to promote the crowdsourcing initiative and help them to build a collective vision for youth in the post-2015 Development Agenda. Please make your voice heard through https://crowdsourcing.itu.int. More information is available at http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/news/crowdsourcing-initiative-on-youth-in-the-post-2015-development-agenda-launched-today/.

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 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 – Interview on Water with Dr. Dušan Plut

Dr. Dušan Plut : “Climate change will also require sustainable water resource management in Slovenia” 

Dr. Dušan Plut. Photo: Peter Kumer.

Dr. Dušan Plut. Photo: Peter Kumer.

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.

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UNA Slovenia Youth Section – Interview on Water with Dr. Kajfež Bogataj

Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

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.

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UNYA Finland – UNA Finland’s initiative for a UNSC resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

UN Photo / Paolo Filguieras

UN Photo / Paolo Filguieras

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.

2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation

A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea. UN Photo / Milton Grant

A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea. UN Photo / Milton Grant

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.

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