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

Youth Policy Forum concludes with Baku Commitments

Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and  UNYANET President Tjalke Weber

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.

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UNYANET has been ein Berliner


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

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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Engaging Youth in the United Nations

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.

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2011: End of Year Message

Dear Members and Friends of UNYANET,

A very successful year for international young volunteers has come to an end. After several months of development and discussions, representatives from 11 associations met August 2011 in Vienna to establish UNYANET. Since then, all at this event established working groups are planning several projects. Regular online meetings were organised to share news and knowledge among the member associations and together with UNYA-Switzerland, UNYANET has successfully held its first event, a Media Worshop in November. Furthermore we managed to get some stong partners; Besides UNIS Geneva and UNIS Vienna, Adobe is supporting UNYANET with a conference server and we are in close contact with other supporters for the upcoming projects.

For 2012, we are planing quite a lot of smaller and bigger projects and the YPCS/GA 2012 has to be planed as well. Information will be published as soon as they are available. Meanwhile, we wish all of you a good start into the new year.

Daniel & Michael