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.
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.
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.
The first simulation of Model United Nations Slovenia Club (MUNSC) was held from 14 February 2013 on, on the topic of Nuclear Disarmament in the Middle East and Asia. In addition to the members of MUNSC, students from the Faculty of Law were invited. These students study the work of United Nations with their mentor Dr. Vasilka Sancin. 28 delegates and 2 Chairpersons of the Security Council participated in the simulation.
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.
At the Vienna UN Conference 2013 of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) a panel on youth was held on January 10. The speakes at this panel were:
• Matteo LANDI, Associate Youth Employment Expert, UNIDO
• Hanna HEIKKILA, Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, UNODC
• Billy BATWARE, President, Regional Academy on United Nations
• Michael KLAMPFL, President United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET)
• Milena DUDASOVA, United Nations Youth Delegate of Slovakia 2012
Allthough there is no outcome document available at this time, we want to share with you the statement made by UNYANET Presidency Member Michael Klampfl, on behalf of UNYANET and UNYSA-Austria.
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.
On Friday, UNEP released its report “Towards a Green Economy” as a contribution to the upcoming Rio+20 conference. According to the survey made The Regeneration Project in partnership with UNEP, “a Green Economy would have a more positive impact on major economic, social and environmental problems than today’s economy, according to two new global surveys of consumers and thought leaders released today.”
The results are presented in preparation of the UN’s World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June. This year, the event is hosted by Brazil under the theme Green Economy: Does it Include You?
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, was holding the keynote address on 3 April 2011 at the Global Colloquium at Columbia University, New York. In the face of the largest youth population ever know, the topic this years colloquium is “Global Effects of the Youth Population Surge”.
Speaking about the “Power of Young People”, he emphasized the advantage of youth of having the internet when fighting against injustice and for its ideals. Furthermore, he informed the participants that, after he announced the appointment of a Special Advisor on Youth, he got statements of youth associations representing over 100 Million people altogether. As youth does not cover in front of authority, they are talking about topics which other people are silent like “the terrible violence and discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender”. Mr. Ban Ki-moon noted that he was holding a speech in March about this topic at a UN formal debate, urging the audience to take action against violence, decriminalize same- sex relationships.
The full speech of Secretary- General Mr Ban Ki-moon can be found below.