UNYANET welcomes new team and members

Outcomes of the UNYANET General Assembly 2015

This is the proof: Young people are interested in politics and global affairs. At least within the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET), which has just formed its new team. With 11 board members and several volunteers, this is the largest team UNYANET ever had.
From 10-12 September 2015, the UNYANET General Assembly 2015 took place in Bucharest, Romania. Delegates from nine countries were welcomed by UN Youth Romania, who generously hosted the event and delved into Romanian culture with the participants. The programme alternated between workshops, project development, formal parts, and social events. Here is an overview of the outcomes:

– UNYANET welcomes UNYA Kenya as a new member, and appreciates new partnerships that were established with youth organizations, e.g. from The Gambia.
– Tjalke Weber (Germany) and Aleksandr Bolotnov (Russia) were elected as Presidency, together with the following board members.

The three-day programme featured a range of presentations and interactive workshops.

Amanda Yeo, UNYANET volunteer from Malaysia, held a workshop on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, during which she gave on overview of the process leading to the formulation of the Agenda 2030, and highlighted youth engagement in the process.

Pau Petit, UNYANET representative from Spain, encouraged the delegates to rethink Global Governance. In his workshop, the participants discussed the main challenges for good governance, including child labour, corruption and gender inequality. As a result, the participants launched a campaign to advocate for a youth candidate for the next UN Secretary General.

Yasmine Mesloub, PR Officer, led a workshop outlining the Social Media strategy for 2015-2016, focusing on online campaigns for global days.

During the project development phase, participants also worked on planning Study Trips for the next term. Possible destinations include Geneva, Vienna, Brussels, the Balkan and many more.

UNYANET also welcomed several guest speakers. Anca Agachi, Romanian UN Youth Delegate, joined the UNYANET members as well as a representative from ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Carlo Gallier from the Centre of Economic Research presented a study on international negotiation behaviour, that UNYANET members will contribute to.

The formal part of the GA included an overview of the UNYANET activities in 2014-2015, which has been the most active UNYANET year ever with more than 50 Model United Nations conferences organized by the members, two Study Trips, four webinars, several successful online campaigns and training sessions. UNYANET Presidency and Officers Tjalke Weber, Aleksandr Bolotnov, Marusa Rus, and Tim Wiegmann joined the GA live from New York, Moscow, Paris and Germany.






Besides the workshops, participants of the General Assembly enjoyed a rich social programme, including a Global Village, a visit to the Romanian Parliament, a typical Romanian dinner and dance.

We welcome all new members, Board members, volunteers and partners and look forward to the next UNYANET term: UNiting and empowering YOUth around the world!

A Critical Year: 2015 as Chance for Global Action

On 1 January, in many countries around the world has started what will be one of the most critical years in our lifes. 2015 is a benchmark for several reasons. Not only does it mark the year when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) terminate, but the possibility of the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replacing the MDGs and the chance to replace the Kyoto Protocol at the Paris Climate Conference offer an opportunity for the international community to finally fulfill its promise to achieve sustainable development worldwide.

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The International Youth Day 2014 Especially Dedicated to “Youth and Mental Health”

Global MUN Workshop 4A year after the meeting in Lisbon of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared August, 12th, the International Youth Day. Since then this date is special and it’s a source of inspiration for all the youth of the world.

We can shape the world! We need to make sure that the voice of youth is heard by decision-makers and within the international organizations. We would like ensure that the youth has a voice in the issues of human rights, sustainable development, education, health,… you name it! There are so many topics that concern our generation… Today in the world there are a total of 1.1 billion of youth. We will have to find solutions to the mistakes made by the current generation of world leaders. We feel we have a great responsibility to speak up and we cannot compromise the future of next generations, especially regarding peace and sustainable development. That’s why our voices need to be heard in the decision making process more than ever. Therefore, united we are stronger.

This year 2014, during the International Youth Day, we are united to speak up especially to raise awareness about the topic of this year which is “Youth and Mental Health”. We encourage all youth to speak up against discrimination which could lead to any sort of exclusion. We encourage YOU to write an article about a situation that highlights the experiences of brave, youngsters that have chosen to speak up “about these issues with the objective of overcoming stigma and discrimination to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame, and openly seek the services and support they need”. Remember that every positive change in the world starts with YOU!

Thank you for your attention and we wish you all to celebrate with us the International Youth Day.




UNYANET has been ein Berliner


Photo: UNYANET Board Meeting in Berlin 2014

Ich bin ein Berliner, said JF Kennedy. Now the UNYANET Board can also claim to be
Berliners. The Board of the United Nations Youth Associations Network has met in the German capital from 31st May till 1st June 2014. The purpose of the meeting has been to prepare the General Assembly as well as to evaluate the different Working Groups and of course to explore the great atmosphere of Berlin. Continue reading

Successful execution of the workshop on intercultural dialogue

slovenia3The United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) hosted the workshop “Intercultural Dialogue”, led by our volunteer Ana Podgornik. Participants were offered an insight into the main characteristics and challenges of intercultural dialogue, as well as the issue of intercultural conflicts.

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One month in the United Nations Information Service in Vienna

From nuclear energy to political crises and environmental sustainability, from Accra to Yaoundé and from strategic planning to awareness raising events, the United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS) is part of a global network of United Nations Information Centres. It informs the public about the UN’s work, engaging local authorities, civil society organizations, universities, students and UN visitors in its activities. It also acts as secretariat to the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) in Vienna and promotes the UN goals by reaching out to the media, government entities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia and the private sector.

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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/.