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.
The programme started with an official visit to the German Parliament where the Presidents, Tjalke Weber and Michael Klampfl, welcomed the Board that started its work while enjoying the magnificent views from the top floor of the German Parliament.
The working meeting took place at the Humboldt University of Berlin where Tim Wiegmann, IT Officer, updated the Board about the developments of the IT Working Group, including the resolution writing software. The Public Relations Officer, Pau Petit, presented the achievements within his department underlying the progress made within the UNYANET Blog. Pau stressed the importance of the excellent work done by the volunteers. He encouraged all young motivated people to send an application in order to contribute as bloggers, writers and journalists for the blog.
Furthermore, Maciej Lekowski, representative of UNYANET Alumni, has presented the recent developments within the Alumni network, including the idea of creating a global youth think tank. Maciej Lekowski considers UNYANET Alumni to be a great source for excellent networking opportunities. Furthermore, he has underlined the importance of strong personal relationships among former members of UNYANET, including youth leaders who were active among the network. Additionally, he has encouraged former members of UNYANET to apply for the Alumni status in order to receive all the international benefits.
The Board also has discussed administrative and structural items and has evaluated the work done so far. An important part of the work has been the preparation of upcoming projects and events.
The second day of the Working Meeting has been dedicated to the preparation of the upcoming General Assembly. The Board had an online conference with Daria Sauleo, as representative of Consules Italy, to prepare the GA that will take place from 8th till 12th September 2014 in Rome.
The meeting in Berlin has been very productive and especially useful to continue with the preparations for the General Assembly as well as the forthcoming events and projects.