UNYANET concludes its Fourth Annual General Assembly

UNYANET General Assembly 2014

UNYANET General Assembly 2014

Establishment of Experts Commissions and focus on Infrastructure Development

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The United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) is pleased to announce that its annual General Assembly was recently concluded from 8-12 September 2014. The conference was organised by UNYANET and Consules, a nonprofit organisation promoting the United Nations mission and values in Italy.

Representatives of United Nations Youth Associations and UNA Youth Sections met in Italy’s capital Rome, home of the United Nations‘ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Their aim was to decide on future UNYANET projects, revise efforts of previous years, strengthen UNYANET’s infrastructure and broaden the capacities of members.

After a keynote welcome address by Adjunct Professor Federico Niglia of LUISS University, the participants were invited to come up with new ideas for the elaboration of the upcoming fiscal year’s Financial Plan and budget, as well as the formation of several Experts Commissions, Working Groups and new projects.

UNYANET welcomes UN Youth Canada, UNYA Denmark and UNYA Ghana as new members, bringing the total to seventeen members in four continents. UNYA Cameroon was offered a partnership with the possibility to be extended to membership in the following year.

Infrastructure capability and network strengthening were at the heart of the General Assembly. Three new Experts Commissions were installed, with focus on membership, fundraising and science issues. The Experts Commission on Fundraising was formed to discuss practical financial and funding solutions for the implementation of UNYANET, other Experts Commission and Working Group projects.

Project development was a key segment, with study trips, webinars and workshops planned. The MUN Passport was officially launched, which entitles eligible UNYANET members to a discount for a range of MUN Conferences held worldwide. This coincided with the official launch of the Resolution managing software “Resa,“ available to all eligible members to accompany their regional and national MUN resolution activities.

UNYANET at the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy

UNYANET at the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy

Participants had the opportunity to chat with Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth during an online meeting, where delegates discussed with him their concerns regarding youth and their involvement with the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Agenda.

The General Assembly in Rome also marked the departure of the outgoing President Michael Klampfl and the outgoing PR Officer Pau Petit, who were the last two founding UNYANET individual members still within the Network. Both Mr Klampfl and Mr Petit were acknowledged for their invaluable contribution and commitment to UNYANET.

UNYANET 2014-2015 Board

UNYANET 2014-2015 Board

Under the leadership of the elected Presidency, Daria Sauleo of Consules and Tjalke Weber of UNYA Germany, the new board futher consists of Tim Wiegmann (Germany, Administrative Officer of IT), Alexander Bolotnov (Russia, MUN Officer) and Kathi Deininger (Austria, Officer of Finance). Mari Tuokko (Finland) was named Auditor, while volunteers Liyana Othman (Singapore) and Yasmine Mesloub (Austria) are responsible for Public Relations.

The International Youth Day 2014 Especially Dedicated to “Youth and Mental Health”

Global MUN Workshop 4A year after the meeting in Lisbon of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared August, 12th, the International Youth Day. Since then this date is special and it’s a source of inspiration for all the youth of the world.

We can shape the world! We need to make sure that the voice of youth is heard by decision-makers and within the international organizations. We would like ensure that the youth has a voice in the issues of human rights, sustainable development, education, health,… you name it! There are so many topics that concern our generation… Today in the world there are a total of 1.1 billion of youth. We will have to find solutions to the mistakes made by the current generation of world leaders. We feel we have a great responsibility to speak up and we cannot compromise the future of next generations, especially regarding peace and sustainable development. That’s why our voices need to be heard in the decision making process more than ever. Therefore, united we are stronger.

This year 2014, during the International Youth Day, we are united to speak up especially to raise awareness about the topic of this year which is “Youth and Mental Health”. We encourage all youth to speak up against discrimination which could lead to any sort of exclusion. We encourage YOU to write an article about a situation that highlights the experiences of brave, youngsters that have chosen to speak up “about these issues with the objective of overcoming stigma and discrimination to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame, and openly seek the services and support they need”. Remember that every positive change in the world starts with YOU!

Thank you for your attention and we wish you all to celebrate with us the International Youth Day.

 

Bibliography:

http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

Fundraising in the Times of Crisis for Youth-Led NGOs

FundraisingThe United Nations Youth Association Network (UNYANET) is launching the inaugural Fundraising in The Times of Crisis workshop on 23rd August 2014, 15:00h GMT+2, at an online webinar.
The Fundraising in The Times of Crisis workshop will be based on the ways of fundraising at the time of crisis especially focused. It is the aim of the UNYANET to build up each participant’s overall understanding of this important issue to work effectively at the time of crisis, and train those involved in all aspects of fundraising.
The workshop will use interactive teaching techniques and each participant will be encouraged to participate from the basis of his or her own field experience and insights. In addition to learning and skills development the workshop will provide a valuable opportunity for those involved in this to meet together and encourage each other.
United Nations Youth Associations Network is the international network of UN Youth and Students Associations, with 14 member associations and 2 observers from Europe, Asia and Africa with altogether approximately 20,000 individual members. UNYANET aims to strengthen the network by the exchange of knowledge, resources and experiences, the development of a common identity among member associations and the representation towards third parties.
For any questions or inquiries do not hesitate to contact our PR Officer, Pau Petit, pau.petit[at]unyanet.org
Thank you for your attention and look forward to see you at the webinar!

C’MUN, Where Youth Become International Leaders

cmun1“This has been the best academic experience of my life” is one of the sentences worth remembering after C’MUN 2014, which confirms the need of continuing organizing a simulation of the United Nations in Barcelona. In fact, it’s more than a simulation; it’s an engine of change for the youth coming from all continents of the world. We have used the great potential and unique opportunity of engaging C’MUN 2014 to shape the next global decisions as the outcomes are sent to the United Nations councils and committees as well as the European Council. The conference took place from 29th April till 2nd May 2014 in Barcelona and has been an inspiring experience for all the participants.

Despite the fact that the organization and delegates had to face complex and challenging situations, especially but not limited to the economic crisis, before and during the conference, the Model UN of Barcelona has been a success. Throughout the conference we have witnessed how C’MUN serves as an engine of change with what former Secretary-General, Raül Jiménez, referred as the “C’MUN values”: the value of dialogue, of seeking consensus, of plurality, of debating, of empathy, of community and the aim of universality. From here we would like to thank him and acknowledge all his support throughout the years that he has dedicated to empower young people to make a positive difference in the world. C’MUN continues to serve as an engine of change after all these years. Continue reading

UNYANET has been ein Berliner

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Photo: UNYANET Board Meeting in Berlin 2014

Ich bin ein Berliner, said JF Kennedy. Now the UNYANET Board can also claim to be
Berliners. The Board of the United Nations Youth Associations Network has met in the German capital from 31st May till 1st June 2014. The purpose of the meeting has been to prepare the General Assembly as well as to evaluate the different Working Groups and of course to explore the great atmosphere of Berlin. Continue reading

Round table on the sustainability of the new development framework to celebrate the International Mother Earth Day

mother earthUnited Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) celebrated the International Mother Earth Day with a round table titled “Post- 2015 – how sustainable will the future development be?”; which was held on 22th April 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana.

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Time to Negotiate

“He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.” – Robert Estabrook

It’s time to learn the “art of diplomacy”: succesfully negotiate your position! The first online negotiation training by UNYANET in 2014 takes place on Thursday, 9 January 2014 at 6.30 pm CET.

We are going to negotiate cases developed by expert centers such as the University of Harvard, organize role-plays, and play learning-by-doing activities. And all this, ONLINE!
In a globalized and modern world, negotiations will take place throughout the whole world, without travelling, but via online negotiations. At this point the UNYANET Negotiation Club  helps to provide students with experience. Topics range from Job interviews to business negotiations as well as conflict management.

Interested? Send an email to Bernd Hermann and register for the session until Wednesday, 8 January in the evening.

By the Youth, for the Youth!

Ljubljana Third General Assembly at the UNYANET Summit in Ljubljana 2013

From 19 to 23 August 2013 twenty-one representatives of eight United Nations Youth Associations and UNA Youth Sections met in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana under the motto “By the youth, for the youth!”. Their aim was to decide on future projects of the United Nations Youth Associations Network, to revise its efforts of the last year and to strengthen capacities of Youth Organizations.

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UNYANET Summit 2013 met with the Slovenian president Mr. Borut Pahor

UNYANET Summit 2013 met with the Slovenian President Mr. Borut Pahor

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor (right), with the President of the UNA Slovenia Youth Section, Ms. Adriana Aralica. Photo: UNA Slovenia Youth Section

President Pahor: “Youth are the most powerful driving force of social and economic development in the world”

UNYANET Summit 2013 in Ljubljana was held under honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor, and during the Summit, the participants had the honor of meeting the Slovenian President (20 August 2013). In the debate, the President openly expressed his views on current international issues, consequences of the global crisis, future of the European Union and on the role of the United Nations in the world.

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