MUNSC Salient 2016 Addresses Contemporary Inequalities

The second installment of MUNSC Salient, organized by the United Nations Association of Slovenia, successfully concluded on July 15th. The conference was held under the honorary patronage of Mr Borut Pahor, the President of Slovenia.

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The conference took place between July 11 and 15, 2016 at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Fundamentally a youth conference, the aim of MUNSC Salient is to supplement the traditional Model United Nations (MUN) experience with educational content in form of interactive lectures, roundtables and workshops. The 70 participants of the conference hailed from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey. The overarching topic this year was “Contemporary Inequalities” Continue reading

Youth as a Supportive Team

“Cope with the Impacts of War in Gaza 2014: Youth as a Supportive Team”

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This seminar was held in Gaza on 16 July 2015, hosted by Abrar Charity Association and organized by a group of young people. The seminar was dedicated to one of the greatest challenges facing youth in Gaza: How to respond effectively to the effects of the 2014 war.

The seminar brought together 10 participants representing a variety of fields (civil engineering, environmental engineering, business administration, accounting and geographic information system) to find answers and to give recommendations to the most pressing questions of youth’s role in coping with the war.

Seminar participants discussed the effects of 2014 Gaza war on three important sectors:

  • Environmental sector
  • Social sector
  • Economic sector

Background

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas around the world, inhabited by approximately 2 million people with youth representing 35% of the total population. Gaza sustained immeasurable damage in the 2014 war. Its effects pervade all aspects of Gaza life: economic, political, social and environmental. This war resulted in more than 2131 fatalities and 11000 casualties, more than 65% of which were youth.

grafik 2The seminar discussed the most important sectors influenced by the 2014 war on Palestinian society. The team identified the main effects of the war and a plan was developed to deal with these effects through several events and activities such as dissemination of ideas to the largest possible number of educated youth groups to utilize their potential in serving Palestinian community.

The first topic up for discussion was environmental effects of the war and how young people can help mitigate these effects. Second, the team discussed the social impacts and some recommendations were given. Finally the group debated the effects of the war on the economic sector.

The outcome of each of these discussion sessions are presented in this Seminar Report.

Note: UNYANET supports all efforts to engage and empower youth, through means of discussion and peaceful activities, to find sustainable conflict solutions and promote lasting peace. This article has been written by the affected youth and does not reflect any political position of UNYANET.

UNYA Finland – Campaign on the situation of the youth in South Sudan

UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, Helsinki 25-26 May 2013. Photo: Anniina Huttunen.

UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, Helsinki 25-26 May 2013. Photo: Anniina Huttunen.

UNYA Finland was present at the World Village Festival in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2013 with the theme of the situation of the youth in South Sudan. Promoting a UN Security Council resolution on Youth, Peace and Security is one of the main goals of UNYA Finland, and the theme was thus presented also at the festival that brought together hundreds of civil society organizations, different performances and 85,000 visitors.

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UNYA Switzerland – Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility

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Global Compact Summit at the UN headquarters. UN Photo/Mark Garten

This summer an innovative intercultural study project between UNYA Switzerland and UNYA Ghana sets new standards for global collaboration between UN Youth associations.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gained increased global attention in the recent years for its potential to tackle future global challenges of conflicting demands. Situated in between major global actors, CSR is a tool targeting companies and businesses to uphold certain ethical standards in their practices. It is an attempt to balance the global economy and build a stronger global social and environmental equilibrium.

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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.