Youth Policy Forum concludes with Baku Commitments

Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and  UNYANET President Tjalke Weber

Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and UNYANET President Tjalke Weber

(Baku, 30 October) Baku – Be, Act, Know, Unite – is the new formula in youth policy. The First Global Forum on Youth Policies, held in Azerbaijan from 28-30 October, concluded now with the Baku Commitment on Youth Policies.

The Forum was organized by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the Council of Europe and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Azerbaijan. It brought together 700 participants from 165 countries. The governments officials, youth representatives, researchers and civil society members discussed the development and implementation of youth policies in various countries, tackling the most common challenges as well as sharing best practices and formulating concrete recommendations. The results of their panel discussions, workshops and informal meetings led to the Baku Commitments.

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“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.