What an amazing experience! Being the Secretary General of the Model UN in Italy has been a privilege and a great opportunity for me. Everything began in September when Consules, the Italian association which organizes the MUN, chose me for guiding the national staff through this incredible journey. Hard work and dedication, hours of meeting and promotion all around the country made possible the realization of a conference that has seen the participation of more than one thousand delegates from all over the world. Thanks to my staff and the support of my fellow colleagues of the UNYANET the conference has been a real success. Four days of intensive work, five committees (Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the United Nations Development Program) have become the natural habitat of the future leaders of the international community. The resolutions created were incredibly well done, proving that students motivated in doing something can achieve incredible results. What really makes this experience a dream is that it gathers people who really care about international current challenges of the international community and gives them the opportunity to test their ability to work in a competitive-cooperative arena at the aim of finding an answer to the great problems to which the real leaders of the countries have to face with. From my personal point of view, the role of the SG gave me the possibility to understand the whole process that the MUN creates from a higher perspective. Being involved in the organization of this event means that everything is under your control and you have the chance to decide about the development of this dream. You became the architect of this life-experience, a huge responsibility, believe me! However, when the simulation finished, I definitively realized how important this journey had been for me. The kick-off meeting with my staff revealed for real how much passion we put in realizing the conference. I don’t know if in the future I will have another chance of being a Secretary General but I personally suggest all the students, as I was, to take the opportunity of living this great experience that is a Model United Nations. As the former Secretary General, I would like to invite you to seize this opportunity to learn all you can about the United Nations and imagine how you can contribute to empower the global community to prosper. I am confident that your passion will guide you through this amazing and fascinating adventure and in the days to come. Be brave, be diplomat, be MUNers.
Establishment of Experts Commissions and focus on Infrastructure Development
Download the UNYANET General Assembly 2014 Press Release.
The United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) is pleased to announce that its annual General Assembly was recently concluded from 8-12 September 2014. The conference was organised by UNYANET and Consules, a nonprofit organisation promoting the United Nations mission and values in Italy.
Representatives of United Nations Youth Associations and UNA Youth Sections met in Italy’s capital Rome, home of the United Nations‘ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Their aim was to decide on future UNYANET projects, revise efforts of previous years, strengthen UNYANET’s infrastructure and broaden the capacities of members.
After a keynote welcome address by Adjunct Professor Federico Niglia of LUISS University, the participants were invited to come up with new ideas for the elaboration of the upcoming fiscal year’s Financial Plan and budget, as well as the formation of several Experts Commissions, Working Groups and new projects.
UNYANET welcomes UN Youth Canada, UNYA Denmark and UNYA Ghana as new members, bringing the total to seventeen members in four continents. UNYA Cameroon was offered a partnership with the possibility to be extended to membership in the following year.
Infrastructure capability and network strengthening were at the heart of the General Assembly. Three new Experts Commissions were installed, with focus on membership, fundraising and science issues. The Experts Commission on Fundraising was formed to discuss practical financial and funding solutions for the implementation of UNYANET, other Experts Commission and Working Group projects.
Project development was a key segment, with study trips, webinars and workshops planned. The MUN Passport was officially launched, which entitles eligible UNYANET members to a discount for a range of MUN Conferences held worldwide. This coincided with the official launch of the Resolution managing software “Resa,“ available to all eligible members to accompany their regional and national MUN resolution activities.
Participants had the opportunity to chat with Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth during an online meeting, where delegates discussed with him their concerns regarding youth and their involvement with the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Agenda.
The General Assembly in Rome also marked the departure of the outgoing President Michael Klampfl and the outgoing PR Officer Pau Petit, who were the last two founding UNYANET individual members still within the Network. Both Mr Klampfl and Mr Petit were acknowledged for their invaluable contribution and commitment to UNYANET.
Under the leadership of the elected Presidency, Daria Sauleo of Consules and Tjalke Weber of UNYA Germany, the new board futher consists of Tim Wiegmann (Germany, Administrative Officer of IT), Alexander Bolotnov (Russia, MUN Officer) and Kathi Deininger (Austria, Officer of Finance). Mari Tuokko (Finland) was named Auditor, while volunteers Liyana Othman (Singapore) and Yasmine Mesloub (Austria) are responsible for Public Relations.