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:
Entrepreneur 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.”
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.
The first regional Model United Nations Workshop in Vienna has come to an end. It was organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI), the United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna) and the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET).
The registration form can be accessed at outreach.un.org/mun where you can find useful information as well. If there are any questions regarding the Workshop or the application process, please send a mail to [email protected]
At the Vienna UN Conference 2013 of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) a panel on youth was held on January 10. The speakes at this panel were:
• Matteo LANDI, Associate Youth Employment Expert, UNIDO
• Hanna HEIKKILA, Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, UNODC
• Billy BATWARE, President, Regional Academy on United Nations
• Michael KLAMPFL, President United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET)
• Milena DUDASOVA, United Nations Youth Delegate of Slovakia 2012
Allthough there is no outcome document available at this time, we want to share with you the statement made by UNYANET Presidency Member Michael Klampfl, on behalf of UNYANET and UNYSA-Austria.
As we approach 2013, we wanted to share with you a new App launched by UNDPI earlier this month which we hope you will find useful. This electronic version of the print “United Nations Making a Difference 2013” educational calendar is a handy tool that not only uses international days to showcase what the UN does through photos, videos and web links, but also features what the UN does in peace and security, economic development, social development, human rights, environment, international law, humanitarian affairs, health etc.
“Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.”
(Article 29. (1), Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
You want to do something, to have an impact on society but you don’t know how? You want to inspire people and change something? Well, it seems harder than it actually is!
If you want to do something, join us! Join your local “United Nations Youth Association (UNYA)” and start within a strong framework, which will assist you by every means necessary.You can find our national UNYAS here.
No UNYA in your country, but you want to do something? Create your own movement! We would be happy to assist you in founding something new. Contact us! All you need is inspiration and motivation. Also find out how easy it is, to create a Movement!
The United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria (UNYSA-Austria) is very pleased and proud to announce that the registration for the Vienna International Model United Nations (VIMUN) 2012, which will take place from 5 to 9 August at the UN-Office at Vienna, has already started.
VIMUN is the biggest and most prestigious event organized by UNYSA-Austria and always attracts around 250 people from approximately 40 different nations. It is the only UN simulation of this kind in Austria and the only UN simulation worldwide where the entire conference is held in the original conference rooms of the UN. Continue reading →
Even if you can’t go to Rio in June, you can take part in the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development. Here’s an open call for essays by the UN-Secretariat:
This June, at the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. It is probably the most important global conversation, as it has the potential for determining whether we will galvanize action to achieve a sustainable future.
The official discussions will focus on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. It is an historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future – a future with more jobs, more clean energy, greater security and a decent standard of living for all.
The first-ever Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) call for proposals in communications, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be funding up to 10 “game-changing” ideas to help solve one of the greatest challenges faced in the development community: changing the conversation around development aid.
The goal of this challenge is to solicit new approaches to communications that motivate the public in the wealthy countries of the world to change their minds about aid, and take actions to demonstrate their support. The development community has traditionally focused on the “why” of aid. But most people already believe it is the right thing to do. We must do a better job of explaining the “how” and the “what” (How exactly does aid work? Where does the money go? How is it used? What impact does it have on communities?). Continue reading →
“We must help young people to build the future they want. This should be in our hearts and on top of every agenda” said the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon on his visit in Vienna on Thursday, February 16th, during a lecture on “Empowering People in a Changing World”. He pointed out the importance of young people and their role in society today: “The priorities of young people should be just as prominent in our halls as they are on the streets and squares. They should be just as present in our meeting space as they are in cyberspace.”
He continued that 50 percent of todays world population is under the age of 25. The challenges that come along with that fact are: education (67 million children without primary education), employment (due to growth of world population, 600 million new jobs are needed within the next ten years) and rights (freedom and democracy, especially pointing out the role of youth in the Arab Spring). The Secretary-General also said that he is not satisfied with the current work regarding youth and for that reason he will appoint a new UN-Special Advisor on Youth.
Let us support the UN Secretary General on that issue to raise awareness for the role of youth in society.