Excursion to Geneva

In collaboration with the UN Association of Tampere (TAYK), we are excited to host an international excursion to the UN institutions in Geneva!

This will be happening from the 07/11/18 till the 10/11/18. This is a great opportunity to learn about the working of these institutions, as well as networking and thinking about your future career options! The talks will be held in English, so international students are also welcome to apply.

We will take part in events such as Peace Week 2018 and visit places such as the Palais des Nations, ITU, WIPO, UNHCR and the Finnish Permanent Representative to the UN. We will be publishing a more complete schedule with additional information soon, once we have confirmed time slots.

The enrolment starts today, and ends on October 14, 2018 at 11:59 EEST. Register at : http://bit.ly/2N9RJ9d. If you have further questions, please contact Kelly at [email protected]

Kosovo – the torn country with desire to shine throughout Europe

Article by Violete Kurti

After the Balkan war which took place in the 90’s, the small yet struggling country Kosovo has proven several times their desire to become a part of Europe. By self-declaring themselves as independent in 2008, the country has opened discussions whether or not the country is able to be a part of the European Union. As considered as one of the poorest country in Europe, Kosovo’s dream of travel freely in the Schengen area and build up their industry, have faced many doubts if it ever will be realized.

With increased population and low opportunities for employment, Kosovo finds themselves in a dilemma where external aid is needed. Many of the requirements that the EU has presented to Kosovo includes a cooperation with their neighbor in the north, Serbia in order for the country to receive a fair chance. However, that is easier said than done. Long after the war, the two countries are reluctant to cooperate towards a prosperous future and this matter affects the population of Kosovo.

Even though there is no on-going war in the country, a majority finds themselves seeking asylum in the richer countries and hoping to establish a better life there. The problematic event between Serbia and Kosovo causes an unstable environment in the country and hinders Kosovo on their path to become an EU-member.

Since the end of the 1990’s, the UN has had its presence in the country in order to build the country again. The United Nations Mission in Kosovo has played a crucial part in the country when it comes to maintaining peace between the Serbs and Kosovars. Politically, UNMIK’s presence has not been welcomed by all due to the fact it has been considered that Kosovo was forced to follow a path that was not beneficial for the country. It is not only the legal and economic systems that are in need of restoring, also the perception of human rights in the country. Till this day, there are groups in the Kosovar society without any basic human rights. Traditions and prejudices are strong in the country and a reason as to why the UN’s presence is still needed.

UNMIK’s goal with Kosovo is a long process which probably will be needed until Serbia and Kosovo make peace with each other.

The fragile situation between Serbia and Kosovo is intense. Accusations of war crimes and the search of vendetta are very common and the main reason to why Kosovo has not received full recognition from all the independent countries in the world. For instance, Spain has chosen to not recognize the independence of Kosovo, due to the fact that they face a similar situation with Catalonia.

Finally, Kosovo has still a long way to go and as long as Kosovo is willing to create a brighter future for its population, the world and its government will be there as an assistant on the way.

What problem do you want to solve?

Whether you are studying, doing an internship or in your first job, don’t ask yourself: What do I want to become? Rather ask yourself: What problem do I want to solve?


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) list 17 goals that countries and companies have committed to achieve. Behind each of the goals are a list of problems that we have to work together to solve.


With opportunities come responsibilities. A responsibility to use our knowledge, our caring and capital to contribute. I want my son and daughter to graduate into a world that is a great place to be. A place they can thrive. I want to see a world where we can actually take advantage of our world of abundance. As a father, I want this for everybody’s children. Creating a place that thrives was my starting point for changing industries and becoming an impact investor.


During my stay at Singularity University I saw that exponential technologies could address many of the grand challenges of the world, those spelled out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. My mid-life education at Singularity University disrupted my way of thinking. It exposed me to new people, industries and real-life problems.


In my father’s career, there were no impact investors. I am unlikely to even know half of the jobs that will exist in my children’s lifetime. This means that we also need to have a new way of educating our children. And the adults around me. We need to disrupt the education system. The UN Sustainable Development Goal number 4 says that we will by 2030 need to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” I think for instance artificial intelligence will be a key driver to customise education for each one of us. That is just one example of how you could use exponential technology to solve the grand challenges that we face.


Many of the startups at the fringes of society perhaps have the solutions to the problems that we are facing. There is no time to waste. With less than 5,000 days to 2030, the year we are supposed to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we need to move from a linear to an exponential mindset. Using exponential technology will help us reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals faster. That’s why we at Nordic Impact decided to focus on exponential technology by investing, innovating and creating impact.


Once you have found the problem that you want to solve, find your people. These global problems don’t have borders what so ever, and we need to work together. This means across borders, across industries and across age groups.


On the 8th of March, I’ll be speaking in NY to find out how groundbreaking technology can help ensure financial inclusion and financial independence for women. A question that we often get is how to get more investors to invest in female entrepreneurs? The female entrepreneurs are out there, we just need to find them. We just announced our second cohort for the Katapult Accelerator where 50% of the founders of the 12 exponential technology startups selected are women. Not finding them is no longer an excuse.


The people and the solutions are out there. This year the Katapult Accelerator got more than 1,500 impact-focused startups from across the world to select from. We see that founders from South Korea to Iceland and from Nigeria to Turkey are finding creative ways in which exponential technology can solve the problems we are facing.


Disruptive technologies are the driving force behind changing finance, business and culture so that impact, passion and purpose become the standard. At the end of the three months, the startups in the Katapult Accelerator will have defined their vision, strategy, impact orientation, growth marketing and business model. A unique element in the Katapult Accelerator is the focus on team ‘body and brain’ improvement, to further enable the startups to build on their greatest asset; their mission-driven team.


Traditional investors have merely focused on the market returns. But when you put an entrepreneur who wants to solve a problem in the same room as the investor who wants to outbeat the market, we see that there is no trade off between high positive impact and financial return. I think it is the opposite actually. Because you have impact, because you deliver things that are good for society and for the environment, you will actually be able to make more money. When they come together and see that, it will be easier for people to embark in impact investing.


To bring everybody together and celebrate the future, we founded the Katapult Future Fest. This three-day festival in Oslo focuses on the future of society, how exponential technologies and impact investing can be used to create a better future society for all. This year I am really looking forward to discussing the ethical and moral aspects of technology. How do we best use technology for the best of humankind?


Anders Lier

Anders H. Lier is an international impact investor, a leader in the field of innovation and technology and the executive chairman of Nordic Impact, which invests in startups based around technology with a mission to have a positive impact on society. He is also executive chairman of EXP Group which has the mission to make a positive impact on society and environment.

Feeling the Power of International Law: Study Trip to the Hague

In recent years, it has become more and more important for young people to learn more about international law, which is why UNYANET has decided to organize a Study Trip to The Hague in August 2017 that revolved around such topics. Read on if you would like to hear about our group’s interesting and fun trip!


Day 1.

After a few minutes of wondering about whether or not there was a sauna in our first destination, we had the honour to step into the Embassy of Finland where we were warmly welcomed by Ms. Katri Viinikka, the Ambassador of Finland Continue reading

Tuebingen International Crisis Simulation

After TICS 2016 it gives us great pleasure to announce that our second edition of this ambitious conference will be held from the 2nd to the 5th of November 2017. Organised in a Joint-Cabinet-Crisis format, this conference will introduce university students from all parts of Germany, Europe, and indeed the world to the concept of MUN and Crisis Simulation, whether they are eager bachelor students with no experience at all, or masters students and doctoral candidates with years of experience. We aim to provide not only an exciting mode of simulation, but also round off the experience with a fulfilling cultural and social experience, right in the heart of the Swabian area. We therefore warmly invite you to apply to this young conference, and thus give us the chance to make TICS 2017 as great as TICS 2016.

This year’s crisis simulation will revolve around current developments in South-East Asia and will primarily focus on the current stand-off between North Korea and Continue reading

Bringing the UN and Youth closer to each other in Slovenia

The Youth Section of United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) was established in 2011 and hosted the UNYANET General Assembly in 2012. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the United Nations and its work among younger generations conducting numerous activities throughout the year 2017.


Jazz Night for intercultural dialogue and international youth cooperation

The importance of jazz has been recognized and celebrated by UNAS since 2011. It is perceived as more than music alone – it was acknowledged as a way of bringing communities together, as a manner of communication that goes beyond conflict, and as a mean of intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and international cooperation. Members of Youth Section organized an event called Jazz Night that took place on 5 May in Ljubljana in which jazz was presented by some of the greatest Slovenian musicians in a form of a concert.


Around Slovenia’s primary and secondary schools, several interactive workshops, considering the topics of global learning, Continue reading

Secretary General 2017, Model United Nations in Italy with Consules

Nicholas Tommasini, Secretary-General of MUN in Rome organized by Consules, Member of UNYANET

What an amazing experience! Being the Secretary General of the Model UN in Italy has been a privilege and a great opportunity for me. Everything began in September when Consules, the Italian association which organizes the MUN, chose me for guiding the national staff through this incredible journey. Hard work and dedication, hours of meeting and promotion all around the country made possible the realization of a conference that has seen the participation of more than one thousand delegates from all over the world. Thanks to my staff and the support of my fellow colleagues of the UNYANET the conference has been a real success. Four days of intensive work, five committees (Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the United Nations Development Program) have become the natural habitat of the future leaders of the international community. The resolutions created were incredibly well done, proving that students motivated in doing something can achieve incredible results. What really makes this experience a dream is that it gathers people who really care about international current challenges of the international community and gives them the opportunity to test their ability to work in a competitive-cooperative arena at the aim of finding an answer to the great problems to which the real leaders of the countries have to face with. From my personal point of view, the role of the SG gave me the possibility to understand the whole process that the MUN creates from a higher perspective. Being involved in the organization of this event means that everything is under your control and you have the chance to decide about the development of this dream. You became the architect of this life-experience, a huge responsibility, believe me! However, when the simulation finished, I definitively realized how important this journey had been for me. The kick-off meeting with my staff revealed for real how much passion we put in realizing the conference. I don’t know if in the future I will have another chance of being a Secretary General but I personally suggest all the students, as I was, to take the opportunity of living this great experience that is a Model United Nations. As the former Secretary General, I would like to invite you to seize this opportunity to learn all you can about the United Nations and imagine how you can contribute to empower the global community to prosper. I am confident that your passion will guide you through this amazing and fascinating adventure and in the days to come. Be brave, be diplomat, be MUNers.

The Finnish Model UN also known as the “Pearl of the North” Conference

Photo: FinMUN participants at the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki including Ambassador Anders Ahnlid; Secretary-General of FinMUN, Sandra Mitts; and President of UNYANET, Pau Petit

FinMUN 2017 has ended, delegates have returned home and the organizers have finished all their conference-related tasks. It’s been a while since the conference came to an end, so now is the time to look back and sum up the conference.


I sat in both the Environmental Assembly and in the Security Council, spending most of my time in the latter. Being the primary point of contact between the delegates and the organizing team in the days before the conference, I had gotten to know some of the delegates beforehand and I had an idea of the skills, experience and enthusiasm levels of all the delegates selected for the conference. Having said that, the level of research, commitment and professionalism shown by the delegates in both committees came as a surprise, a very pleasant one at that, starting on day one of the committees. Continue reading

UNYA Talks – Denmark

Aalborg branch – 24. April 2017

On a gloomy Monday in the “Paris of the North”, UNYA Denmark’s Aalborg branch has held its first UNYA Talks event since its launch back in November 2016. Even though students all around the area are currently in the middle of their exam season, many young people were interested to hear the thoughts of Finn Reske-Nielsen, who has worked for the United Nations for over 35 years, on the United Nations (UN) and its relevance in the 21st century.

The event started with a few minutes of information about UNYA Denmark, after which Mr. Reske-Nielsen began his presentation by talking about his extended experiences with the United Nations. This included serving as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, holding posts with the UNHCR in Switzerland and Zambia and in the Department of Political Affairs of the UN Secretariat in New York, as well as working as Deputy Special- Representative for the Secretary General in Timor-Leste.

Next, he discussed what the four main purposes of the United Nations Continue reading

Study Trip to Cyprus and Turkey 2017


Theme: Towards a peace agreement: Cyprus, Turkey
When: 20th June – 6th July 2017
Where: Cyprus and Turkey
How much: 450 CHF (airplane fare excluded)


In January 2017, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders of Cyprus entered into a week of intensive talks to reach a peace agreement and to end 43 years of division on the island. Will Cyprus soon be reunited, as the UN, the European Union and the two leaders of the Mediterranean island hope? According to the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, a consensus seems difficult to find. Continue reading