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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International Study Project 2015: Cyprus

Restoring Peace for over 50 years – A Visit to the longest-running Peacekeeping Mission of the UN”
 thThe programme includes two preliminary workshops in Switzerland (April/July) and a final discussion in October (optional for UNYANET, online participation possible) as well as
Study Trip and Research Project: 28 August – 5 September 2015

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 Application by email to info@unyanet.org by 20 March 2015. Please attach your CV and motivation letter.
All UNYANET members are eligible to apply. The project is organized in cooperation with JUNES. Please note that no legal guarantee to participation exists.

 

Speaking French, Spanish or English? MUIMUN wants YOU!

Do you fancy the thrilling game of world politics? Become an ambassador yourself by representing a foreign country in our 5-days United Nations simulation in Münster, Germany. The conference will take place from 28 March to 1 April.

MUIMUN (Münster University International Model United Nations) offers the chance to meet people from around the world and get involved in thrilling debates about global issues in 9 different UN-related committees following genuine UN rules. The days of committee debates are added by a brilliant daily social evening programme. Please find more information at www.muimun.org.Registrations are open till 15 March 2015 via www.muimun.org/registration/ .

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Münster.

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Salut tout le monde!Tu parles couramment français et t’intéresses à la politique internationale et aux Nations Unies? Tu envisages débattre en français des sujets actuels au niveau de la politique mondiale avec d’autres étudiants motivés? Alors, il faut s’inscrire immédiatement au comité UNESCO à MUIMUN 2015 ! Ça sera la deuxième fois qu´un simulation d´UNESCO s´enrôle en français. Deux Chairs expérimentés vont vous accompagner au cours de cette expérience MUN complètement nouvelle.

Enregistrez-vous pour faire partie de MUIMUN 2015 !
Plus d´information sur le comité et sur les sujets : http://www.muimun.org/…/united-nations-educational-scienti…/
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Ay perdón!Hablas español con fluidez? Te interesa la política internacional de las NN.UU. y América Latina? Tienes curiosidad por discutir en español con otros estudiantes sobre temas actuales de Suramérica representando uno de los países? Entonces únete y inscríbete en la CEPAL (Comisión Económica para América Latina) en MUIMUN 2015!

La CEPAL hispanohablante tiene su larga tradición en MUIMUN. Cada año el comité está dirigido por un Chair Duo experimentado y garantiza siempre discusiones vehementes y mucha diversión!

Regístrate en www.muimun.org.
Más información sobre el comité y los temas en: http://www.muimun.org/…/comision-economica-para-america-la…/

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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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Celebration of United Nations Day with UNA Slovenia

Proslava ZN 2014

Every year, on the evening before the United Nations (UN) Day, the UN Association of Slovenia (UNAS) with strong support of volunteers of UNAS Youth Section, organizes the UN Day Celebration.

This year was no different when advocates of the UN values gathered on Thursday, 23rd of October, at the University of Ljubljana.

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Youth Policy Forum concludes with Baku Commitments

Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and  UNYANET President Tjalke Weber

Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and UNYANET President Tjalke Weber

(Baku, 30 October) Baku – Be, Act, Know, Unite – is the new formula in youth policy. The First Global Forum on Youth Policies, held in Azerbaijan from 28-30 October, concluded now with the Baku Commitment on Youth Policies.

The Forum was organized by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the Council of Europe and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Azerbaijan. It brought together 700 participants from 165 countries. The governments officials, youth representatives, researchers and civil society members discussed the development and implementation of youth policies in various countries, tackling the most common challenges as well as sharing best practices and formulating concrete recommendations. The results of their panel discussions, workshops and informal meetings led to the Baku Commitments.

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Sustainable Development Summer School with UNYA Germany

JUNON Summer School Participants

Post-2015 Agenda? Only with us!

This self-conception joined all 17 participants of this year’s Summer School of the United Nations Youth Association Germany – UNYA (“Junges UNO-Netzwerk Deutschland”, “JUNON”). Under the motto „Post-2015 Agenda – Future Rethought“, the group met from 24-27.09.2014 in Bonn, not only to inform themselves about the process of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG’s) but also to discuss the topic and become active themselves.

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Young Delegates Discussed the Challenges of Energy Security

Youth Conference on Energy Security

Youth Conference on Energy Security

Model United Nations Slovenia Club (MUNSC), first Slovenian Model United Nations (MUN) Club which is part of the United Nations Association of Slovenia Youth Section, organized in cooperation with Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs Graz a MUN simulation titled Youth Conference on Energy Security. The conference was held between 8 and 11 July 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. The conference was attended by more than 40 participants from Slovenia and Austria, as well as from some other countries (Croatia, India, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, Poland and Serbia). Participants tested their negotiations skills as delegates in two committees: Joint Cabinet Crisis which discussed the situation in Ukraine; and G20 meeting with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) representatives at which the delegates debated about energy security and phasing out the reliance on fossil fuels. As part of the conference, round tables and workshops were organized.

At the opening of the conference, Professor Bojko Bučar, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and president of the UNA Slovenia welcomed the participants. Two roundtables were organized at the first day of the conference which were moderated by Assistant Professor Boštjan Udovič, PhD, from the Faculty of Social Sciences. The first round table titled Energy Security within the Framework of the European Union was attended by Ms. Tina Seršen, MSc (Slovenian Ministry of the Infrastructure and Spatial Planning), Mr. Dennis Hesseling, PhD, (Head of the Gas Department at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators – ACER), while Mrs. Tamara Weingerl Požar, M.Phil (Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), was unfortunately not present due to urgent obligations, but, instead, she kindly sent her thoughts, which were presented by the moderator. The speakers presented the energy security in Europe and Slovenia and also spoke about open issues regarding fossil fuels, natural gas and its distribution and about European directives in this field.

The second round table titled Energy Diplomacy and its Current Challenges proved that diplomatic relations concerning energy issues are extremely important in today’s international arena. The round table was attended by H. E. István Szent-Iványi, PhD, Ambassador (Hungarian Embassy in Ljubljana), Mr. Christopher Yvon, Chargé d’Affaires (British Embassy Ljubljana), and Mr. Nathan Ringger, Political Officer (Embassy of the United States of America in Ljubljana). The diplomats also spoke about the importance of energy security in foreign and internal policies of states and touched upon the situation in Ukraine.

On the second day, a workshop on energy literacy was organized in cooperation with the project En-lite which was attended by Ms. Mojca Drevenšek, MSc (Consensus Communications), Mr. Samo Fürst (Gen energija d. o. o.), Mr. Darko Kramar (ELES d. o. o.) and Mr. Franc Žlahtič, PhD (Plinovodi d. o. o.). The speakers presented the sustainability of energy and renewable energy sources, energy supply security and geopolitical aspects of natural gas supply.

On the third day of the conference, the participants met with former president of the Republic of Slovenia Professor Danilo Türk, PhD, and discussed energy security and its current challenges and developments in the international community.

The closing ceremony was held at the Municipality of Ljubljana. The Deputy Mayor Ms. Tjaša Ficko, Msc, addressed the participants and presented the project Ljubljana – European Green Capital 2016.

The discussions during the simulation in both committees were lively and intense, participants improved their negotiations and rhetoric skills, established contacts with their peers from abroad, and certainly the newly gained knowledge on global issues will be transferred into the local environment of participants.

The conference could not be carried out without our partner organization Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs Graz and without the selfless support of our sponsors: Municipality of Ljubljana, ŠOU Ljubljana – društveno stičišče ŠOU v Ljubljani, Faculty of Social Sciences, U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Union hotels, Mercator – Emba d. d., ŠO FDV, Spirit Slovenija, Pivovarna Union, Roiss dva, d. o. o. and e-Študentski servis. We would like to thank to all our sponsors!

Successful conclusion of the Summer School on the United Nations

UN Summer School

UN Summer School

United Nations Association of Slovenia organized the “Summer school on the United Nations: Youth competencies for the challenges of the globalized world” held from 10th until 12th September 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. The 3-days conference was attended by 30 young activists from Slovenia and abroad.

The conference began with a welcome address by Professor Bojko Bučar, PhD, UNA Slovenia president and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the keynote speech by H. E. Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli who spoke about the role of youth in modern world. The programme continued with a lecture on diplomatic protocol presented by Assistant Professor Boštjan Udovič, PhD, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, and a workshop on employment opportunities in the UN, carried out by Martin Nesirky, director of the UN Information Service Vienna. The day concluded with a discussion with the Slovenian UN Youth Delegate Miha Pongrac.

Events at the UN Summer School

Events at the UN Summer School

The second day was dedicated to various aspects of peacekeeping operations. Assistant Professor Janja Vuga, PhD, from the Faculty of Social Sciences presented the concept of peacekeeping operations, and Blaise Ndamnsah introduced the concept of cultural mediation and International Protection Systems on the Case of CARA Refugee Centre in Gradisca D’isonzo (Italy). During the second part of the day, interactive workshops on peacekeeping operations and intercultural dialogue followed, which were carried out by UNA Slovenia volunteers.

During the last day of the conference, the participants gained knowledge on project management through workshop carried out by Boštjan Jerman from UNA Slovenia. The day continued with a leadership workshop carried out by Tjaša Arko and Jaka Kovač from Slovenian Philanthropy; and concluded with a lecture on various aspects of lobbying at national, European and international level, presented by Lousewies van der Laan, vice-president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

Events at the UN Summer School

Events at the UN Summer School

The participants’ feedback was excellent. The conference addressed various issues from the UN agenda and also various skills that are necessary for young people to effectively address the challenges of the globalized world.

For more information about the Summer School, please click here.

“You are the key generation” – Video Chat with UN Youth Envoy

UNYANET GA Delegates at the Online Meeting with UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi

UNYANET GA Delegates at the Online Meeting with UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi

UNYANET representatives from 14 countries had the chance to meet Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, for a video chat on the occasion of the UNYANET General Assembly 2014 in Rome. The delegates from UN Youth and Students Associations around the world discussed with him “Youth Involvement in the United Nations on the Example of the Post-2015-Agenda”.

Mr. Alhendawi, who had just been at the Opening of the UN General Assembly, began by pointing out the importance of the Post-2015-Agenda as being the crucial issue of the international community, stressing especially the role that young people play in its implementation.

“You are the key generation,” he said. He then summarized the steps that had been taken so far and pointed out the upcoming main events around this issue, mentioning several high-level conferences that will accompany the international negotiations.

The UN Envoy on Youth encouraged the UNYANET representatives to remain actively engaged, to closely follow the events and to lobby their national governments in order to take youth issues into account during the negotiations.

After his keynote speech, Mr Alhendawi took time to answer several questions by the participants. UNYANET used the opportunity to introduce the idea of a global awareness-raising campaign for the Post-2015-Agenda, especially among young people, to Mr Alhendawi and also to present the MUN Passport to him. The Youth Envoy welcomed both initiatives.

The participants of the UNYANET GA 2014 were deeply inspired by the possibility to talk to the UN Envoy on Youth: “It was such an honour to meet him”, said the Austrian delegate. Her colleague added: “He was so inspirational.”