Only 3 of the 8 MDGs were achieved so far. But what follows after the MDGs terminate in 2015? Within the UN, there is a lively debate about establishing Sustainable Development Goals, so-called SDGs, which shall serve for the purpose of securing sustainable development. But what exactly is that? What does the Post2015 Agenda have to do with us, and most importantly: How can we contribute? These are questions being discussed at this year’s Summer School of UNYA Germany.
UNYA Germany invites you to the Summer School „Post2015 Agenda – Future rethought“, taking place from 24-27 September in Bonn, Germany. The programm includes discussions with guest speakers, visits to the UN Secretariats in Bonn (which is the UN City hosting climate agencies such as UNFCC and UNCCD), and talks and lively workshops. There is no participation fee, but voluntary contributions of 15 EUR for catering are appreciated.
The summer school takes place in German and English, with interpretation for guests. Please register online until 08 August. For more information, contact UNYA Germany.
Graz, 20/11/2013. After giving a conference about career opportunities with the United Nations, Mr. Janos Tisovszky, the Director of the United Nations Information Service in Vienna, met with AFA Graz (UNYSA Austria) members and interested students at the University of Graz. Continue reading →
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.
Registration 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.
UNYANET adds a fifth project in its activities by launching a blog at the International Press Freedom Day 3 May 2013. The blog supports the freedom of expression and the inclusion of the youth by offering a global channel of communication from the youth to decision-makers and a tool for perfecting the youth’s ideas about world politics through interaction. UNYANET invites everybody to participate in the exchange of views and especially the UN agencies and international leaders to follow the discussions.
Mr. Adama Dieng (left) in the company of the President of UNA Slovenia, Dr. Bojko Bučar
On Wednesday 10 April 2013, Mr. Adama Dieng, a Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide, was a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. Co-organized by the UNA Slovenia Youth Section, Mr. Dieng held a lecture on the topic of hate speech and the stimulation of genocide. He raised problems that the international community faces when determining stimulation of genocide and trying to find a balance between the freedom of speech and the prevention of hate speech.
On Thursday, 21 March 2013, the United Nations Association of Slovenia celebrated the World Water Day by organizing a roundtable “More space for water”. The issue of water is increasingly at the forefront of political debate in light of climate change, pollution and rapid population growth.
Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj: “To avoid conflicts, we should agree on energy and water”
Slovenia has been in an uproar recently in response to the EU Water Framework Directive on the management of water resources, which manages the granting of concessions and allows the flow of private capital into the water sector. In preparation for the panel discussion on International Water Day, the United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) sat down with Prof. Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj to discuss the impact of the directive in Slovenia and the importance of water management, especially when taking climate change into consideration.
UNA Slovenia celebrated the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and published a publication in collaboration with the Slovenian National Commission of UNESCO.
40 years have passed since the adoption of the Convention on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 16 November 1972. United Nations Association of Slovenia celebrated the anniversary in collaboration with the Slovenian National Commission of UNESCO. Together they published a publication “Human rights perspective to cultural and natural heritage: Role of UNESCO” released in December 2012.
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