Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and UNYANET President Tjalke Weber
(Baku, 30 October) Baku – Be, Act, Know, Unite – is the new formula in youth policy. The First Global Forum on Youth Policies, held in Azerbaijan from 28-30 October, concluded now with the Baku Commitment on Youth Policies.
The Forum was organized by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the Council of Europe and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Azerbaijan. It brought together 700 participants from 165 countries. The governments officials, youth representatives, researchers and civil society members discussed the development and implementation of youth policies in various countries, tackling the most common challenges as well as sharing best practices and formulating concrete recommendations. The results of their panel discussions, workshops and informal meetings led to the Baku Commitments.
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 Model United Nations Workshop in Vienna has started today and UNYANET is providing a live coverage!
You can follow us on twitter to get the news from our correspondent Pau Petit who will inform you as fast as possible what is going on. Photos from the event will regularly be posted on our tumblr page and we will post summaries of the discussions on facebook. This way you will get all you all the news and information from the event.
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]
Today is the International Day of Peace. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that “On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world.
We also ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence, at noon local time, to honour the victims – those who have lost their lives, and those who survived but must now cope with trauma and pain.”
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
In 2001, the General Assembly established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. More information can be found on the official page of the United Nations.
We are always looking for members who want to share their impressions of ongoing events like Model United Nations, workshops, seminars, penal discussions etc. If you are attending such an event, let us know be sending us an mail.
The UN Programme on Youth is putting together an interactive World Youth Report on the theme of employment, and would like to learn first hand about the experiences of young people worldwide. The UN invites all youth to participate in an online discussion from 11 October to 7 November to share your views on youth employment. Input gathered from young people during the online discussion will form the core of the 2011 World Youth Report. The e-discussion is intended to serve as a forum for young people and youth-led organizations to share their own views, experiences and recommendations on preparing for, entering, and remaining active in the workforce. Throughout each week, a broad theme will be explored in depth from a social lens through diverse views and perspectives.