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).
UNYANET adds a fifth project in its activities by launching a blog at the International Press Freedom Day 3 May 2013. The blog supports the freedom of expression and the inclusion of the youth by offering a global channel of communication from the youth to decision-makers and a tool for perfecting the youth’s ideas about world politics through interaction. UNYANET invites everybody to participate in the exchange of views and especially the UN agencies and international leaders to follow the discussions.
We are glad that we can announce that registration for the Model UN (MUN) Workshop in Vienna, July 8-11, 2013, has finally started!
The workshop targets at MUN-Societys, MUN-Organizers, faculties and anyone else, holding a MUN Conference within the upcoming year. It will provide expertise by senior UN-Staff, about the respective councils, committees and UN-Bodies, such as the Security Council, the Human Rights Council and as well Vienna based Organizations such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
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]
Registration Deadline: June 15
UN Association of Finland together with its partners proposes a resolution on Youth, Peace and Security to be adopted by the UN Security Council. The aim of the initiative and the possible resolution would be to increase the involvement of the youth in all decision-making and social change worldwide. To have your say and sign the petition, visit the Youth, Peace and Security initiative website.
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 per the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/154 passed on 11 February 2011, the year 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. The International Day of Water has been decided for 22 March already in A/RES/47/193 in 1992.
The resolutions point out among other things that access to clean water has a remarkable impact on economic development and social well-being. The more recent one also notes that the climate change has its effects on both water quantity and quality. Access to clean water is the most basic need for life, and yet, so many people around the world face major difficulties with reaching it.
Today is World AIDS Day. “World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.” According to the official report by UNAIDS 2012, relased on 20 November, a “50% drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries” has been achieved. ““The pace of progress is quickening—what used to take a decade is now being achieved in 24 months,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We are scaling up faster and smarter than ever before. It is the proof that with political will and follow through we can reach our shared goals by 2015.”
It is important to know how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented and how the reality is today of living with HIV. By using this knowledge, you can take care of your own health as well as those of others and ensure that those living with HIV are treated fairly, with respect and understanding. Check out the World AIDS Campaign with more information or the page UNAIDS or try the HIV aware quiz to check your knowledge.
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
Worldwide UNYAs are youth organizations that initiate local and global activities on a regular basis. These organizations, compiled mainly by university students and youth are lacking the capability of informing the people who are not involved directly with the organization on the activities, projects and goals of the UNYA. This workshop, organized by UNYANET for its member associations, shall provide information and intense training for the participatants about the media and who to present the activities of their associations to them
The workshop will take place from Thursday, November 24, to Saturday, November 26, in Zurich Switzerland. It is hosted by JUNES, UNYA Switzerland, and supported by the European Youth in Action Program in Switzerland. The content of the workshop is provided by several media experts:
- Alex Benjamin, spokesman and media officer of the British delegation, the ECR group in the European Parliament.
- Jo Groebel, Director of the German Digital Institut Berlin, Cinema for Peace, UNESCO Global Study on Children and the Media Co-ordinator, Co-Founder of the World Internet Project (University of Southern California) (tbc)
- Elinadav Heymann, Director of the European Parliament Desk at EFI,mPolicy Advisor of Foreign Affairs, Stage at European Parliament