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!
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 →
‘A World on the Move’ – under this title, UNYANET members will gather to discuss positive aspects of the refugee crisis at this year’s General Assembly. The UNYANET GA takes place from September, 21 – 25 in Barcelona, Spain. The UN Association of Spain (ANUE) has been so kind as to serve as host organization. We invite all UNYANET members, observers and partners to register here. In case you are none of the above, but interested in attending the GA, kindly contact info[@]unyanet.org
This is the proof: Young people are interested in politics and global affairs. At least within the United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET), which has just formed its new team. With 11 board members and several volunteers, this is the largest team UNYANET ever had. From 10-12 September 2015, the UNYANET General Assembly 2015 took place in Bucharest, Romania. Delegates from nine countries were welcomed by UN Youth Romania, who generously hosted the event and delved into Romanian culture with the participants. The programme alternated between workshops, project development, formal parts, and social events. Here is an overview of the outcomes:Continue reading →
Abrar Charity Association in cooperation with UNYANET organized a seminar on 13 August in Gaza, Palestine to celebrate International Youth Day, with the primary objective to empower youth civic participation. Two main issues were discussed:
Helping youth realize their potential
Empower youth initiatives and activate volunteer work
Ms. Ann-Christine Niepelt, former Youth Advisor of UNA Germany and former Head of UNYA Germany, was the international guest on the occasion. Via skype she represented the first topic with focus on establishment of United Nations Youth Association (UNYA) and how to send a youth delegate to the United Nations. Also she highlighted the importance of youth in making the change.
Mr. Mahmoud Alghefari, training and development specialist, gave a detailed presentation from his experience on empower youth initiatives and activate volunteer work. Discussing the way to form a youth initiative which is practically applied at the seminar.
Thirty participants, students and graduates, attended the seminar to get an idea about youth initiatives and how they help to improve the community.
Many youth organizations around the world work tirelessly for youth civic engagement in their countries. Every day. With a lot of passion, but often limited budget. International Youth Day, commemorated on 12 August, marks a great occasion to thank all those who dedicate their time to empower youth. And to reflect on the major obstacles for youth civic engagement.
Meet the members, partners, observers and volunteers of UNYANET as they tell us about youth concerns in their countries! Check out the UNYANET campaign and hear from Austria, Bangladesh, Germany, Mongolia, Slovenia, Switzerland and many more.
On 26 June 1945, 50 nations signed the UN Charter in San Francisco. 70 years after, we look back at a lifetime’s story, share the UN’s most important moments and discuss its future. Join us to celebrate the 70th anniversary at our next webinar:
“70 Years United Nations: Stronger UN for a Better World?”
UNYANET members from all over Europe have met in Geneva for a study trip, organized by UNYANET and DMUN. Participants set to discover Geneva, an international human rights hub in the 4 day Study Trip titled The Human Rights Hub in the 21st Century – Strengths and Challenges of the International Human Rights System. During the trip they visited Le Palais des Nations which hosts UN headquarters in Geneva, EU representation to the UN in Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGO Les Medicins Sans Frontier. Participants also had an opportunity to talk with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Geneva Director Corinne Momal-Vanian, observed the Human Rights Council and visited Red Cross museum. But it wasn’t just formal visits! Many networking activities like social evening program, cheese fondue and a sightseeing tour around the old pa rt of Geneva gave participants from Germany, Austria, Spain and Slovenia a wonderful opportunity to bond and create new international connections. Continue reading →
UNYANET GA Delegates at the Online Meeting with UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi
UNYANET representatives from 14 countries had the chance to meet Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, for a video chat on the occasion of the UNYANET General Assembly 2014 in Rome. The delegates from UN Youth and Students Associations around the world discussed with him “Youth Involvement in the United Nations on the Example of the Post-2015-Agenda”.
Mr. Alhendawi, who had just been at the Opening of the UN General Assembly, began by pointing out the importance of the Post-2015-Agenda as being the crucial issue of the international community, stressing especially the role that young people play in its implementation.
“You are the key generation,” he said. He then summarized the steps that had been taken so far and pointed out the upcoming main events around this issue, mentioning several high-level conferences that will accompany the international negotiations.
The UN Envoy on Youth encouraged the UNYANET representatives to remain actively engaged, to closely follow the events and to lobby their national governments in order to take youth issues into account during the negotiations.
After his keynote speech, Mr Alhendawi took time to answer several questions by the participants. UNYANET used the opportunity to introduce the idea of a global awareness-raising campaign for the Post-2015-Agenda, especially among young people, to Mr Alhendawi and also to present the MUN Passport to him. The Youth Envoy welcomed both initiatives.
The participants of the UNYANET GA 2014 were deeply inspired by the possibility to talk to the UN Envoy on Youth: “It was such an honour to meet him”, said the Austrian delegate. Her colleague added: “He was so inspirational.”