One month in the United Nations Information Service in Vienna

From nuclear energy to political crises and environmental sustainability, from Accra to Yaoundé and from strategic planning to awareness raising events, the United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS) is part of a global network of United Nations Information Centres. It informs the public about the UN’s work, engaging local authorities, civil society organizations, universities, students and UN visitors in its activities. It also acts as secretariat to the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) in Vienna and promotes the UN goals by reaching out to the media, government entities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia and the private sector.

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Summer School Focused on the United Nations has been a Successfully Concluded

Former President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk addressing the youth during the summer school. Photo: UNA Slovenia YS

Between the 9th and the 13th of September 2013, the United Nations Association of Slovenia Youth Section organized a summer school on the topic of the United Nations at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. Continue reading

Model UN Workshop Vienna 2013 – UNYANET Summary Video

The first regional Model United Nations Workshop in Vienna has come to an end. It was organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI), the United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna) and the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET).

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Engaging Youth in the United Nations

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.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Youth is our future

“We must help young people to build the future they want. This should be in our hearts and on top of every agenda” said the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon on his visit in Vienna on Thursday, February 16th,  during a lecture on “Empowering People in a Changing World”. He pointed out the importance of young people and their role in society today: “The priorities of young people should be just as prominent in our halls as they are on the streets and squares. They should be just as present in our meeting space as they are in cyberspace.”

He continued that 50 percent of todays world population is under the age of 25. The challenges that come along with that fact are: education (67 million children without primary education), employment (due to growth of world population, 600 million new jobs are needed within the next ten years) and rights (freedom and democracy, especially pointing out the role of youth in the Arab Spring). The Secretary-General also said that he is not satisfied with the current work regarding youth and for that reason he will appoint a new UN-Special Advisor on Youth.

Let us support the UN Secretary General on that issue to raise awareness for the role of youth in society.

The remarks of the event can be found here: UNIS/SGSM/319