First four MUN Passports officially granted

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UNYANET has officially granted four MUN Passports to MUN activists from its member countries. This time the following individuals got their passports:

Aleksandr Leis (Russia)
Veronika Topuchkanova (Russia)
Ali Zain Kara (Turkey)
Cristina Català (Spain) 

 

This was the first selection process. We are waiting for new applications from MUN activists with a wide MUN experience. The next selection procedure will take place this autumn. 

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You can find all necessary information about the MUN Passport Project here: http://unyanet.org/projects/mun-passport.

Get active and apply for a MUN Passport! 

 

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.

Happy birthday UN!

On 26 June 1945, 50 nations signed the UN Charter in San Francisco. 70 years after, we look back at a lifetime’s story, share the UN’s most important moments and discuss its future. Join us to celebrate the 70th anniversary at our next webinar:

“70 Years United Nations: Stronger UN for a Better World?”

Monday 29 June, 09.00 EDT/ 15.00 CEST, anymeeting.com/unyanet

Expert: Martin Nesirky, Director UNIS Vienna

Webinar 70 Years UN

 

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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UNA Slovenia Board has four new members

10423260_949502451748466_4901799925797983141_nIn the end of March, the members of UNA Slovenia gathered at the yearly General Assembly at which they adopted an annual program and financial report on the work of Association in 2014, reviewed the report of the Supervisory Committee for 2014 and adopted the annual program report for the year 2015.

Kaja Primorac, the newly elected president of the Youth Section, was presented for the first time to the broader membership at the General Assembly, which was opened by President of UNA Slovenia, prof.  Bojko Bučar. At this occasion the members presented Adriana Aralica, long-time and leaving president of Youth Section with a symbolic gift and thanked her for a successful previous work with a big applause.

The candidacy procedure and elections for the Board of the UNA Slovenia were also held at the General Assembly. Among the current members remain prof. Bojko Bučar as president, prof. Miriam Škrk, Ambassador Sanja Štiglic, Zofija Klemen Krek, Jože Hartman, Miloš Kosić and Boštjan Jerman.

Gašper Hrastelj, Danijel Crnčec, Adriana Aralica and Kaja Primorac, who were elected unanimously, filled the vacant positions. Prof. Borut Bohte was elected as a member of Supervisory Commitee.

UNA Slovenia Youth Section has elected a new Board

Longtime president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica (left) and new president Kaja Primorac (right.

Longtime president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica (left) and new president Kaja Primorac (right).

Together with this year’s March spring breeze came also a new team to the UNA Slovenia Youth Section. A new Board, which will lead young volunteers in the coming year, was elected at the fourth Member’s Assembly of the Youth Section on the 25th February.

A longtime activist Adriana Aralica, who is responsible for the establishment of the Youth Section, its excellent operation and commitment of its volunteers in the past four years, stepped down as the President of the Youth Section.

New Board of the UNA Slovenia Youth Section was elected, consisting of Kaja Primorac as a president of the Youth Section, Sabina Carli as a Vice President, Arbnore Avdylaj, Ajda Gracia Golob, Maruša Rus, Vid Tomić and Urška Učakar.

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UNA Russia – Tyumen Youth Section organizes 13th TMUN conference

bOk6ieS36OcThe 13th Tyumen Model UN (www.tmun.utmn.ru) is over!

Over the past three days (March 27 – 29, 2015), a huge work in five UN bodies speaking three different languages had been done. As a result, all of them adopted worthy resolutions concerning the following agendas:

– Security Council (eng): Islamic State as a Threat to the World Community,                        – Security Council (rus): The role and responsibility of the UN Security Council in the prevention of genocide                                                                                                         – Future Security Council (eng): Crisis in Spain: Escalation of Armed Conflict,                             – Sicherheitsrat: Einsatz privater Militärfirmen durch die UN,                                                  – Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (rus): Global Agreement on Climate Change for the post‐Kyoto period.

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Day of Changes at the UNA Youth Slovenia

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Headquarters of UNA Slovenia

Previous weekend the smell of dusty furniture, lively chatter of volunteers and youthful energy were spreading from the storage room at the headquarters of the UN Association of Slovenia. To mark the Day of Changes (28 March) the volunteers of Slovenian UN Association decided it was time to roll up their sleeves and arrange a cleaning action to organize association headquarters and make them ready for new projects of the coming year.

Friday and Saturday were devoted to team building and organizing the Association headquarters in Ljubljana, which have been home to UN Association of Slovenia since 1962.

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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

UN Youth of Finland attends KIOS seminar on Human Rights Defenders and Their Role for Development in East and Horn of Africa

First Phase DigitalMembers of the UN Association of Jyväskylä, UN Youth of Finland have attended a lecture by Mr. Hassan Shire, a pan-African human rights defender and director of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). He gave a lecture at the KIOS morning seminar in Helsinki on the situation of human rights defenders in the East and Horn of Africa and their role in the development of the area. KIOS is the Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights. It promotes human rights in the developing countries by granting funding to human rights projects.

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