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.
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.
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 →
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.
UNYANET representatives in the European Youth Capital 2013, Maribor. Photo: UNYANET
In August 2013, representatives of United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) member organizations met in Ljubljana on third annual meeting. During the UNYANET Summit, General Assembly and capacity building workshops were held.
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.
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 is pleased to announce a new format for its annual meeting by UNYANET Summit 2013 including a Capacity Building Seminar and the third UNYANET General Assembly in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 19-23 August 2013.
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.