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‘A World on the Move’ – under this title, UNYANET members will gather to discuss positive aspects of the refugee crisis at this year’s General Assembly. The UNYANET GA takes place from September, 21 – 25 in Barcelona, Spain. The UN Association of Spain (ANUE) has been so kind as to serve as host organization. We invite all UNYANET members, observers and partners to register here. In case you are none of the above, but interested in attending the GA, kindly contact info[@]unyanet.org

UNYANET welcomes new team and members

Outcomes of the UNYANET General Assembly 2015

This is the proof: Young people are interested in politics and global affairs. At least within the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET), which has just formed its new team. With 11 board members and several volunteers, this is the largest team UNYANET ever had.
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From 10-12 September 2015, the UNYANET General Assembly 2015 took place in Bucharest, Romania. Delegates from nine countries were welcomed by UN Youth Romania, who generously hosted the event and delved into Romanian culture with the participants. The programme alternated between workshops, project development, formal parts, and social events. Here is an overview of the outcomes: Continue reading

“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.”

UNYANET concludes its Fourth Annual General Assembly

UNYANET General Assembly 2014

UNYANET General Assembly 2014

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.

UNYANET at the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy

UNYANET at the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy

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.

UNYANET 2014-2015 Board

UNYANET 2014-2015 Board

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.

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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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

Third annual UNYANET meeting completed successfully

UNYANET representatives in the European Youth Capital 2013, Maribor. Photo: UNYANET

UNYANET representatives in the European Youth Capital 2013, Maribor. Photo: UNYANET

In August 2013, representatives of United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) member organizations met in Ljubljana on third annual meeting. During the UNYANET Summit, General Assembly and capacity building workshops were held.

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UNYANET Summit 2013 met with the Slovenian president Mr. Borut Pahor

UNYANET Summit 2013 met with the Slovenian President Mr. Borut Pahor

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor (right), with the President of the UNA Slovenia Youth Section, Ms. Adriana Aralica. Photo: UNA Slovenia Youth Section

President Pahor: “Youth are the most powerful driving force of social and economic development in the world”

UNYANET Summit 2013 in Ljubljana was held under honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor, and during the Summit, the participants had the honor of meeting the Slovenian President (20 August 2013). In the debate, the President openly expressed his views on current international issues, consequences of the global crisis, future of the European Union and on the role of the United Nations in the world.

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UNYANET Summit 2013 Press Release

UNYANET Summit 2013, LjubljanaUNYANET is pleased to announce a new format for its annual meeting by UNYANET Summit 2013 including a Capacity Building Seminar and the third UNYANET General Assembly in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 19-23 August 2013.

See full Press Release – UNYANET Summit 2013.

UNYANET Summit 2013 Registration is Open

UNYANET Summit 2013, LjubljanaRegistration to UNYANET Summit 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is now open!

UNYANET Summit 2013 will take place 19-23 August 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and all members and observers are encouraged to attend. The program will include a national capacity building seminar in form of workshops and interactive project development and the UNYANET General Assembly on the last day, 23 August.

For more information and registration, please refer to UNYANET Summit 2013 Website.