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.