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.

 

Bibliography:

http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

UNYANET has been ein Berliner

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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/.