UNYA Talks – Denmark

Aalborg branch – 24. April 2017

On a gloomy Monday in the “Paris of the North”, UNYA Denmark’s Aalborg branch has held its first UNYA Talks event since its launch back in November 2016. Even though students all around the area are currently in the middle of their exam season, many young people were interested to hear the thoughts of Finn Reske-Nielsen, who has worked for the United Nations for over 35 years, on the United Nations (UN) and its relevance in the 21st century.

The event started with a few minutes of information about UNYA Denmark, after which Mr. Reske-Nielsen began his presentation by talking about his extended experiences with the United Nations. This included serving as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, holding posts with the UNHCR in Switzerland and Zambia and in the Department of Political Affairs of the UN Secretariat in New York, as well as working as Deputy Special- Representative for the Secretary General in Timor-Leste.

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Webinar: Spain in the Security Council and UNFICYP

Webinar Spain UNFICYPDear UNYANET friends,

It is a great pleasure to invite you all to join our webinar about Spain as a non-permanent member of the Security Council and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

 

– Guest speaker: Mr. Alberto de la Calle García, Counselor, Spanish Mission to the UN.
– Thursday, 6th August 2015, 09.00h EDT / 15.00 CEST
– to join just connect to: anymeeting.com/unyanet
– Free of charge!

Agenda

1.- Spanish priorities within the Security Council.
2.- October Spanish presidency of the Council.
3.- UNFICYP’s historical context.
4.- Spanish position regarding UNFICYP within the SC.

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UN Youth Finland at the World Social Forum in Tunis

The forum started with a Women’s assembly, were women around the globe declared solidarity and determination against violence.

The forum started with a Women’s assembly, were women around the globe declared solidarity and determination against violence.

At the end of March, tens of thousands of civil society activists gathered in Tunis for the World Social Forum (WSF), an event first arranged in Brazil in 2001. With more than a thousand panels and workshops, it was a massive gathering with discussion topics ranging from democracy to youth involvement and from tax justice to Arab uprisings. The overarching theme of the event was global justice and development.

One of the participants was also Liisa Ketolainen, a representative of UN Youth of Finland in Kepa.

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Geneva Study Trip

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UNYANET group in front of the United Nations 

UNYANET members from all over Europe have met in Geneva for a study trip, organized by UNYANET and DMUN. Participants set to discover Geneva, an international human rights hub in the 4 day Study Trip titled The Human Rights Hub in the 21st Century – Strengths and Challenges of the International Human Rights System. During the trip they visited Le Palais des Nations which hosts UN headquarters in Geneva, EU representation to the UN in Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGO Les Medicins Sans Frontier. Participants also had an opportunity to talk with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Geneva Director Corinne Momal-Vanian, observed the Human Rights Council and visited Red Cross museum. But it wasn’t just formal visits! Many networking activities like social evening program, cheese fondue and a sightseeing tour around the old pa rt of Geneva gave participants from Germany, Austria, Spain and Slovenia a wonderful opportunity to bond and create new international connections. Continue reading

Fundraising in the Times of Crisis for Youth-Led NGOs

FundraisingThe United Nations Youth Association Network (UNYANET) is launching the inaugural Fundraising in The Times of Crisis workshop on 23rd August 2014, 15:00h GMT+2, at an online webinar.
The Fundraising in The Times of Crisis workshop will be based on the ways of fundraising at the time of crisis especially focused. It is the aim of the UNYANET to build up each participant’s overall understanding of this important issue to work effectively at the time of crisis, and train those involved in all aspects of fundraising.
The workshop will use interactive teaching techniques and each participant will be encouraged to participate from the basis of his or her own field experience and insights. In addition to learning and skills development the workshop will provide a valuable opportunity for those involved in this to meet together and encourage each other.
United Nations Youth Associations Network is the international network of UN Youth and Students Associations, with 14 member associations and 2 observers from Europe, Asia and Africa with altogether approximately 20,000 individual members. UNYANET aims to strengthen the network by the exchange of knowledge, resources and experiences, the development of a common identity among member associations and the representation towards third parties.
For any questions or inquiries do not hesitate to contact our PR Officer, Pau Petit, pau.petit[at]unyanet.org
Thank you for your attention and look forward to see you at the webinar!

Welcome to the world UNYA Denmark

Photo: UNYA Denmark

Photo: UNYA Denmark

UNYANET welcomes the creation of UNYA Denmark recently founded by a group of motivated young people gathered in Copenhagen. The United Nations Youth Association of Denmark celebrated its official launch on May 31st and we have the pleasure to introduce to you the Founder and Chairman Mignote Libsekal:

 

 

mignote-mesfin-libsekalEntrepreneur and Youth Volunteer

Mignote studies International Relations and Business at Roskilde University in Denmark. She has been involved in a lot of non-profit work in the field of youth activism and global citizenship and started several projects herself. During recdent years, she has been volunteering with the Danish Model United Nations as well as with the Nordic Startup Awards. “I think it’s really between these two realms – entrepreneurship and non-profit – that my interests lie,” says Mignote.

Inspired by UNYANET

On behalf of DanMUN, Mignote attended the UN4MUN Workshop 2013 in Vienna, organised by the UN DPI and UNYANET. “It was the first time I came across a UNYA and it struck me as odd that we didn’t have one in Denmark,” explains Mignote. After some reflection on her plans for the next year and upcoming projects, she decided to work on the UNYA idea and immediately gathered support: “I started bouncing the idea around with some friends from the DanMUN Team and everyone was really positive. Eventually I ran it by the Secretary General of the UNA Denmark and then it went quickly from there.”

Getting the Team Together

A lot happened from the initial idea to its realization. In the process of getting the association together Mignote met “some really energetic people” that are now the core team of UNYA Denmark: Malene Mortensen and Cecillie Morville who are coordinating the Secretariat, Tobi Gebetsberger who is doing the Treasury and Johan Juul and Maja Falkentoft who supported the groundwork. The group held a GA and coordinated the official launch event, which left Mignote both overwhelmed and optimistic: “It was so great to see more than a hundred people gathered and really enthusiastic about us! For me, this was not only a testament to the need for a platform like UNYA but also how ready young people are to engage in meaningful UN related activities.”

What’s next?

The team is already planning projects such as the Youth Delegate program and the World’s Best News Campaign. “But we do things a little differently at UNYA Denmark,” explains Mignote. Basically, UNYA Denmark serves as a framework where members can either join existing projects or – more importantly – create new projects. “This way we empower our members and have them take ownership of UNYA – after all this is for them.” At a workshop held recently all the ideas proposed at the Launch were discussed and developed into projects in collaboration with the members. Mignote is looking forward to all the new projects: “So what’s next is anybody’s guess, but that is what makes it so exciting!”

UNYANET welcomes UNYA Denmark as a partner and wishes them plenty of success for their future.

Roundtable on women in peacekeeping operations

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Photo: UNA Slovenia

On Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 the roundtable on Women in Peacekeeping operations took place at the United Nations Association of Slovenia. The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Janja Vuga, an assistant professor in the Chair of Defence Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, and an expert on military sociology and peacekeeping operations. Other participants were Major Nataša Zorman, a member of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Deputy Commander of ISAF contingent in KFOR, Anita Baltić, a member of the Slovenian Police, head of the Slovenian police contingent in EULEX Kosovo and Melita Šinkovec, civil functional expert. Continue reading

Ban Ki-Moon meets young Germans

Future? Only with us! Young Germans present demands to the UN for a sustainable future

Berlin. As part of his official visit to Germany, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon met with 19 young people. The talk focused on “Challenges for a sustainable future” and was organized by UNA Germany. In the end, the young people presented their demands to the UN for a sustainable future.

Ban Ki-moon encouraged the young people in their engagement for a global, sustainable and holistic thinking and asked them to become global citizens. “Invest your dreams and energy,” said the Secretary-General. But he also called upon the young people not to forget about different realities. “This world needs your passion and compassion,” said Ban.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon discussed with young people from Germany about "Challenges for a Sustainable Future".

The young people demanded a holistic understanding of sustainability, which combines ecological, economic and social action.They also stressed the importance of education as a key solution. “Education for sustainable development needs to become an inherent part of school curricula around the world, so that people can decide for a sustainable lifestyle”, demanded the representatives of Youth Organisations.

Tjalke Weber (UNYANET Presidency) introduced the idea of Green Conference Management as a way of sharing green technologies. She also pointed out that sustainability is often interlinked with the question of survival. Ban Ki-Moon agreed by stating that “food comes first, education is second. People need to satisfy their hunger for food before they can satisfy their hunger for knowlegde.” Therefore, he has launched the Zero Hunger Challenge and a Global Initiative on Education.

By the Youth, for the Youth!

Ljubljana Third General Assembly at the UNYANET Summit in Ljubljana 2013

From 19 to 23 August 2013 twenty-one representatives of eight United Nations Youth Associations and UNA Youth Sections met in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana under the motto “By the youth, for the youth!”. Their aim was to decide on future projects of the United Nations Youth Associations Network, to revise its efforts of the last year and to strengthen capacities of Youth Organizations.

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