The Finnish Model UN also known as the “Pearl of the North” Conference

Photo: FinMUN participants at the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki including Ambassador Anders Ahnlid; Secretary-General of FinMUN, Sandra Mitts; and President of UNYANET, Pau Petit

FinMUN 2017 has ended, delegates have returned home and the organizers have finished all their conference-related tasks. It’s been a while since the conference came to an end, so now is the time to look back and sum up the conference.

 

I sat in both the Environmental Assembly and in the Security Council, spending most of my time in the latter. Being the primary point of contact between the delegates and the organizing team in the days before the conference, I had gotten to know some of the delegates beforehand and I had an idea of the skills, experience and enthusiasm levels of all the delegates selected for the conference. Having said that, the level of research, commitment and professionalism shown by the delegates in both committees came as a surprise, a very pleasant one at that, starting on day one of the committees. Continue reading

FinMUN: Youth in Arctic Security and the Environment

Finnish Model United Nations conference 2017: The Arctic

Welcome to the FinMUN2017 conference, organized in Helsinki in April 5-8. FinMUN is the only university level model UN organized in Finland. Our specialty is that we are quite a small conference, which makes it easy for the delegates to get to know everyone. Due to this, it is also a good conference for people trying out MUNs for the first time. And of course, we offer our participants first-hand experience of sauna diplomacy at our traditional sauna evening!

This year our theme for the conference is the Arctic. We chose the Arctic as a theme because Finland will be chairing the Arctic council from May 2017 onwards. We also believe the Arctic to be an important region, with a unique environment and geographical location. The region is affected both by climate change and territorial claims. Therefore we want to invite our participants to discuss the Arctic both from security-related matters, as well as from an environmental perspective. Continue reading

UN Youth of Finland Representatives Visiting the Finnish Embassy in Ljubljana

PHOTO: The Finnish UNYANET delegation with Ambassador Pekka Metso

PHOTO: The Finnish UNYANET delegation with Ambassador Pekka Metso

Benefitting from the opportunity offered by the location of the UNYNAET Summit 2013, the representatives of the Finnish UN youth visited the Finnish embassy in Ljubljana. Ambassador Pekka Metso was kind enough to grant a visit to the youth representatives on Thursday 22 August 2013. Continue reading

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 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.

UNYA Finland – Youth, Peace and Security

UNYA Finland

UNYA Finland

The UN Youth and Students’ Days, organized by UNA Finland and UNYA Finland, took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 9-10 November 2012. On the second day, the participants worked on different topics in small groups, and the ”Youth, Peace and Security” working group was lead by UNYA Finland. The questions discussed in this group included the role of youth as peace creators, and the problematique behind the dichotomy of youth as a target group vs. youth as actors.

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