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.

The International Youth Day 2014 Especially Dedicated to “Youth and Mental Health”

Global MUN Workshop 4A 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.

 

Bibliography:

http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

UNA Slovenia issues a publication “Youth and the United Nations” on the International Youth Day

international youth dayUnited Nations Association of Slovenia celebrates the International Youth Day (12 August) by issuing a publication “Youth and the United Nations”. The publication provides an overview of the UN activities in the field of youth and opportunities for youth to engage in activities from the UN agenda – the institutes UN Youth Delegate and UNESCO messenger, as well as the results of a survey in which UNA Slovenia researched the opinion of Slovenian youth on the UN. The publication was prepared in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Slovenia. In the preface, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi shared his thoughts. Introductory words were prepared by the president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica and the president of the National Youth Council of Slovenia Tea Jarc. Authors of the publication are Urška Učakar, Adriana Aralica, Miha Pongrac and Mateja Robnik.

The UN recognized the importance of addressing youth issues; youth is one of the priorities of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This publication is a result of UNA Slovenia’s efforts to bring the UN closer to young people in Slovenia and abroad. Aim of the publication “Youth and the United Nations” is to provide the information on the UN and to encourage youth to get engaged in UN issues.

Fundraising in the Times of Crisis for Youth-Led NGOs

FundraisingThe United Nations Youth Association Network (UNYANET) is launching the inaugural Fundraising in The Times of Crisis workshop on 23rd August 2014, 15:00h GMT+2, at an online webinar.
The Fundraising in The Times of Crisis workshop will be based on the ways of fundraising at the time of crisis especially focused. It is the aim of the UNYANET to build up each participant’s overall understanding of this important issue to work effectively at the time of crisis, and train those involved in all aspects of fundraising.
The workshop will use interactive teaching techniques and each participant will be encouraged to participate from the basis of his or her own field experience and insights. In addition to learning and skills development the workshop will provide a valuable opportunity for those involved in this to meet together and encourage each other.
United Nations Youth Associations Network is the international network of UN Youth and Students Associations, with 14 member associations and 2 observers from Europe, Asia and Africa with altogether approximately 20,000 individual members. UNYANET aims to strengthen the network by the exchange of knowledge, resources and experiences, the development of a common identity among member associations and the representation towards third parties.
For any questions or inquiries do not hesitate to contact our PR Officer, Pau Petit, pau.petit[at]unyanet.org
Thank you for your attention and look forward to see you at the webinar!

Summer School “Post 2015 Agenda – Future rethought” in Germany

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 summer school takes place in German and English, with interpretation for guests. Please register online until 08 August. For more information, contact UNYA Germany.

Summer School on the United Nations

summer schoolThe 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.

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Welcome to the world UNYA Denmark

Photo: UNYA Denmark

Photo: UNYA Denmark

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-mesfin-libsekalEntrepreneur and Youth Volunteer

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.”

What’s next?

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.

Roundtable on women in peacekeeping operations

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Photo: UNA Slovenia

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

C’MUN, Where Youth Become International Leaders

cmun1“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

Workshops on intercultural dialogue for students of Slovenian primary and secondary schools

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Photo: Workshops on intercultural dialogue, UNA Slovenia

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