UNYANET members from all over Europe have met in Geneva for a study trip, organized by UNYANET and DMUN. Participants set to discover Geneva, an international human rights hub in the 4 day Study Trip titled The Human Rights Hub in the 21st Century – Strengths and Challenges of the International Human Rights System. During the trip they visited Le Palais des Nations which hosts UN headquarters in Geneva, EU representation to the UN in Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGO Les Medicins Sans Frontier. Participants also had an opportunity to talk with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Geneva Director Corinne Momal-Vanian, observed the Human Rights Council and visited Red Cross museum. But it wasn’t just formal visits! Many networking activities like social evening program, cheese fondue and a sightseeing tour around the old pa rt of Geneva gave participants from Germany, Austria, Spain and Slovenia a wonderful opportunity to bond and create new international connections. Continue reading
A year after the meeting in Lisbon of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared August, 12th, the International Youth Day. Since then this date is special and it’s a source of inspiration for all the youth of the world.
We can shape the world! We need to make sure that the voice of youth is heard by decision-makers and within the international organizations. We would like ensure that the youth has a voice in the issues of human rights, sustainable development, education, health,… you name it! There are so many topics that concern our generation… Today in the world there are a total of 1.1 billion of youth. We will have to find solutions to the mistakes made by the current generation of world leaders. We feel we have a great responsibility to speak up and we cannot compromise the future of next generations, especially regarding peace and sustainable development. That’s why our voices need to be heard in the decision making process more than ever. Therefore, united we are stronger.
This year 2014, during the International Youth Day, we are united to speak up especially to raise awareness about the topic of this year which is “Youth and Mental Health”. We encourage all youth to speak up against discrimination which could lead to any sort of exclusion. We encourage YOU to write an article about a situation that highlights the experiences of brave, youngsters that have chosen to speak up “about these issues with the objective of overcoming stigma and discrimination to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame, and openly seek the services and support they need”. Remember that every positive change in the world starts with YOU!
Thank you for your attention and we wish you all to celebrate with us the International Youth Day.
The United Nations Association of Slovenia-Youth organizes the “Summer school on the United Nations: Youth competencies for the challenges of the globalized world” – a 3-days youth conference which will be attended by young activists aged between 18 and 30 years. The conference will be organized in Ljubljana between10 and 12 September 2014.
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).
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.
UN Association of Finland together with its partners proposes a resolution on Youth, Peace and Security to be adopted by the UN Security Council. The aim of the initiative and the possible resolution would be to increase the involvement of the youth in all decision-making and social change worldwide. To have your say and sign the petition, visit the Youth, Peace and Security initiative website.
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.
As per the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/154 passed on 11 February 2011, the year 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. The International Day of Water has been decided for 22 March already in A/RES/47/193 in 1992.
The resolutions point out among other things that access to clean water has a remarkable impact on economic development and social well-being. The more recent one also notes that the climate change has its effects on both water quantity and quality. Access to clean water is the most basic need for life, and yet, so many people around the world face major difficulties with reaching it.
As we approach 2013, we wanted to share with you a new App launched by UNDPI earlier this month which we hope you will find useful. This electronic version of the print “United Nations Making a Difference 2013” educational calendar is a handy tool that not only uses international days to showcase what the UN does through photos, videos and web links, but also features what the UN does in peace and security, economic development, social development, human rights, environment, international law, humanitarian affairs, health etc.