A 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.
Only 3 of the 8 MDGs were achieved so far. But what follows after the MDGs terminate in 2015? Within the UN, there is a lively debate about establishing Sustainable Development Goals, so-called SDGs, which shall serve for the purpose of securing sustainable development. But what exactly is that? What does the Post2015 Agenda have to do with us, and most importantly: How can we contribute? These are questions being discussed at this year’s Summer School of UNYA Germany.
UNYA Germany invites you to the Summer School „Post2015 Agenda – Future rethought“, taking place from 24-27 September in Bonn, Germany. The programm includes discussions with guest speakers, visits to the UN Secretariats in Bonn (which is the UN City hosting climate agencies such as UNFCC and UNCCD), and talks and lively workshops. There is no participation fee, but voluntary contributions of 15 EUR for catering are appreciated.
The summer school takes place in German and English, with interpretation for guests. Please register online until 08 August. For more information, contact UNYA Germany.
Graz, 20/11/2013. After giving a conference about career opportunities with the United Nations, Mr. Janos Tisovszky, the Director of the United Nations Information Service in Vienna, met with AFA Graz (UNYSA Austria) members and interested students at the University of Graz. Continue reading →
UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, Helsinki 25-26 May 2013. Photo: Anniina Huttunen.
UNYA Finland was present at the World Village Festival in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2013 with the theme of the situation of the youth in South Sudan. Promoting a UN Security Council resolution on Youth, Peace and Security is one of the main goals of UNYA Finland, and the theme was thus presented also at the festival that brought together hundreds of civil society organizations, different performances and 85,000 visitors.
Global Compact Summit at the UN headquarters. UN Photo/Mark Garten
This summer an innovative intercultural study project between UNYA Switzerland and UNYA Ghana sets new standards for global collaboration between UN Youth associations.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gained increased global attention in the recent years for its potential to tackle future global challenges of conflicting demands. Situated in between major global actors, CSR is a tool targeting companies and businesses to uphold certain ethical standards in their practices. It is an attempt to balance the global economy and build a stronger global social and environmental equilibrium.
Registration to UNYANET Summit 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is now open!
UNYANET Summit 2013 will take place 19-23 August 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and all members and observers are encouraged to attend. The program will include a national capacity building seminar in form of workshops and interactive project development and the UNYANET General Assembly on the last day, 23 August.
Someone said “summer”? Since it’s already here, it’s also time to start making some plans instead of worrying about your finals 24/7.
UN Youth Association of Romania comes forward with the proposal of combining learning, socializing and having fun in one of the most exciting capitals of Europe: Bucharest! From 25 to 31 July, UNYA Romania organizes a Summer School focused on “New Perspectives on Diplomacy”. The participants will have the opportunity to meet worldwide known diplomats and learn about this field in Romania’s top administrative and academic institutions.
Application for this educational and multi-cultural experience is now open at the “Registration” section of UNYA Romania website until 15 June.
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]
The capital of the Western part of Romania will again be the host of Banat Model United Nations, now reaching it’s third edition. The conference will take place 26-28 April 2013 at West University of Timisoara, and the deadline for application is 14 April 2013.
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.