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 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.
UNYANET welcomes the creation of UNYA Denmark recently founded by a group of motivated young people gathered in Copenhagen. The United Nations Youth Association of Denmark celebrated its official launch on May 31st and we have the pleasure to introduce to you the Founder and Chairman Mignote Libsekal:
Mignote studies International Relations and Business at Roskilde University in Denmark. She has been involved in a lot of non-profit work in the field of youth activism and global citizenship and started several projects herself. During recdent years, she has been volunteering with the Danish Model United Nations as well as with the Nordic Startup Awards. “I think it’s really between these two realms – entrepreneurship and non-profit – that my interests lie,” says Mignote.
Inspired by UNYANET
On behalf of DanMUN, Mignote attended the UN4MUN Workshop 2013 in Vienna, organised by the UN DPI and UNYANET. “It was the first time I came across a UNYA and it struck me as odd that we didn’t have one in Denmark,” explains Mignote. After some reflection on her plans for the next year and upcoming projects, she decided to work on the UNYA idea and immediately gathered support: “I started bouncing the idea around with some friends from the DanMUN Team and everyone was really positive. Eventually I ran it by the Secretary General of the UNA Denmark and then it went quickly from there.”
Getting the Team Together
A lot happened from the initial idea to its realization. In the process of getting the association together Mignote met “some really energetic people” that are now the core team of UNYA Denmark: Malene Mortensen and Cecillie Morville who are coordinating the Secretariat, Tobi Gebetsberger who is doing the Treasury and Johan Juul and Maja Falkentoft who supported the groundwork. The group held a GA and coordinated the official launch event, which left Mignote both overwhelmed and optimistic: “It was so great to see more than a hundred people gathered and really enthusiastic about us! For me, this was not only a testament to the need for a platform like UNYA but also how ready young people are to engage in meaningful UN related activities.”
The team is already planning projects such as the Youth Delegate program and the World’s Best News Campaign. “But we do things a little differently at UNYA Denmark,” explains Mignote. Basically, UNYA Denmark serves as a framework where members can either join existing projects or – more importantly – create new projects. “This way we empower our members and have them take ownership of UNYA – after all this is for them.” At a workshop held recently all the ideas proposed at the Launch were discussed and developed into projects in collaboration with the members. Mignote is looking forward to all the new projects: “So what’s next is anybody’s guess, but that is what makes it so exciting!”
UNYANET welcomes UNYA Denmark as a partner and wishes them plenty of success for their future.
On Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 the roundtable on Women in Peacekeeping operations took place at the United Nations Association of Slovenia. The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Janja Vuga, an assistant professor in the Chair of Defence Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, and an expert on military sociology and peacekeeping operations. Other participants were Major Nataša Zorman, a member of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Deputy Commander of ISAF contingent in KFOR, Anita Baltić, a member of the Slovenian Police, head of the Slovenian police contingent in EULEX Kosovo and Melita Šinkovec, civil functional expert. Continue reading
“This has been the best academic experience of my life” is one of the sentences worth remembering after C’MUN 2014, which confirms the need of continuing organizing a simulation of the United Nations in Barcelona. In fact, it’s more than a simulation; it’s an engine of change for the youth coming from all continents of the world. We have used the great potential and unique opportunity of engaging C’MUN 2014 to shape the next global decisions as the outcomes are sent to the United Nations councils and committees as well as the European Council. The conference took place from 29th April till 2nd May 2014 in Barcelona and has been an inspiring experience for all the participants.
Despite the fact that the organization and delegates had to face complex and challenging situations, especially but not limited to the economic crisis, before and during the conference, the Model UN of Barcelona has been a success. Throughout the conference we have witnessed how C’MUN serves as an engine of change with what former Secretary-General, Raül Jiménez, referred as the “C’MUN values”: the value of dialogue, of seeking consensus, of plurality, of debating, of empathy, of community and the aim of universality. From here we would like to thank him and acknowledge all his support throughout the years that he has dedicated to empower young people to make a positive difference in the world. C’MUN continues to serve as an engine of change after all these years. Continue reading
The United Nations Association of Slovenia prepared a workshop on intercultural dialogue and is carrying it out in Slovenian primary and secondary schools in cooperation with Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO.
In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 2013 – 2022 as the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was entitled with the coordination of the activities which will seek to promote social inclusion and intercultural dialogue with the aim of improving global understanding in the world. Continue reading
Ich bin ein Berliner, said JF Kennedy. Now the UNYANET Board can also claim to be
Berliners. The Board of the United Nations Youth Associations Network has met in the German capital from 31st May till 1st June 2014. The purpose of the meeting has been to prepare the General Assembly as well as to evaluate the different Working Groups and of course to explore the great atmosphere of Berlin. Continue reading
The United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) hosted the workshop “Intercultural Dialogue”, led by our volunteer Ana Podgornik. Participants were offered an insight into the main characteristics and challenges of intercultural dialogue, as well as the issue of intercultural conflicts.