Third annual UNYANET meeting completed successfully

UNYANET representatives in the European Youth Capital 2013, Maribor. Photo: UNYANET

UNYANET representatives in the European Youth Capital 2013, Maribor. Photo: UNYANET

In August 2013, representatives of United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) member organizations met in Ljubljana on third annual meeting. During the UNYANET Summit, General Assembly and capacity building workshops were held.

Besides revising the previous work of the network, preparing plans for the future work, electing new UNYANET Executive Board and accepting new member organizations, different meeting and workshops were organized. First part of the conference took place at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, where the participants were welcomed by the vice-dean Dr. Maja Bučar. On Tuesday, participants met with the honorary patron of the Summit, President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor and held a discussion about current international issues and the role of youth in democratic processes. Dr. Boštjan Udovič from the Faculty of Social Sciences held a workshop on diplomatic protocol, and Daniel Hardegger, member of the UNYANET presidency, held a leadership workshop. On Wednesday, participants visited European Youth Capital Maribor. On Thursday, Dr. Marjan Svetličič from the Faculty of Social Sciences held a workshop on negotiations and UNA Slovenia volunteer Ana Podgornik held a workshop on intercultural dialogue. In the evening, the Municipality of Ljubljana organized a reception. The participants of the conference, representatives of the diplomatic missions in Ljubljana and of the Faculty of Social Sciences were addressed by the vice-mayor Ms. Tjaša Ficko. On Friday, the final part of the conference – the General Assembly – took place, which started with a video address by the director of UNIS Vienna Mr. Janos Tisovszky. The conference was successfully concluded by determining the future work of the network.

The Summit strengthened capacities of youth organizations, but also of the network, and set ground for follow-up activities and common projects in the future.

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About Pau Petit

Born in Barcelona. European Citizen of the World. President of UNYANET 2016-2017. Former PR Officer and former Chair of the Fundraising Experts Commission of UNYANET. Member of UN Association of Spain - Youth Section and representative to the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) from 2010 till 2014. During this time he has been a very active MUNer going through all possible positions in the MUN world in several conferences around the globe. Also, as a proud GMUNer, Pau has met Ban Ki-Moon twice along his MUN circuit. Currently he is studying in Geneva his master’s in European Studies, specializing in economic and foreign policy of the European Union. Moreover, he has completed different internships and volunteering programs i.e. with UNESCO, UNYANET, ICTSD, among others, where he has also learnt about altruism and philanthropy. Furthermore, as an avid sportsman, Pau enjoys every possible sport on Earth and together with his former team won the basketball league of Catalonia. Finally, Pau is firmly committed with human rights of people with disabilities and believes that education and sports can play a key role in building trust and peace in post-conflict societies. His dream is world peace.

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