One month in the United Nations Information Service in Vienna

From nuclear energy to political crises and environmental sustainability, from Accra to Yaoundé and from strategic planning to awareness raising events, the United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS) is part of a global network of United Nations Information Centres. It informs the public about the UN’s work, engaging local authorities, civil society organizations, universities, students and UN visitors in its activities. It also acts as secretariat to the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) in Vienna and promotes the UN goals by reaching out to the media, government entities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia and the private sector.

Continue reading

UNYANET @Model UN Workshop Vienna 2013

MUN_Logo_2012The Model United Nations Workshop in Vienna has started today and UNYANET is providing a live coverage!

You can follow us on twitter to get the news from our correspondent Pau Petit who will inform you as fast as possible what is going on. Photos from the event will regularly be posted on our tumblr page and we will post summaries of the discussions on facebook. This way you will get all you all the news and information from the event.

UNDPI-MUN Workshop in Vienna: Registration is Open

MUN_Logo_2012We 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

UNDPI 2013 MUN Workshops Announced

Two Model UN (MUN) Workshops are being organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) this summer. The first will be held from 8–11 July 2013 in partnership with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna and the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria (UNYSA-Austria). The second will be held from 26-29 August 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York. Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

UNYSA Austria – Vienna+20

Vienna+20 is a simulation of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and will be held at the United Nations Office at Vienna from 10 to 11 May 2012.

The Vienna+20 simulation is organized by the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria – Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs (UNYSA-AUSTRIA-AFA) as part of a global initiative called MyCity+20. The aim of this initiative is to bring the issues of the forthcoming Rio+20 conference of the UN to young people in different cities around the world.

Continue reading

UNYSA Austria – Registration for VIMUN is open!

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

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Youth is our future

“We must help young people to build the future they want. This should be in our hearts and on top of every agenda” said the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon on his visit in Vienna on Thursday, February 16th,  during a lecture on “Empowering People in a Changing World”. He pointed out the importance of young people and their role in society today: “The priorities of young people should be just as prominent in our halls as they are on the streets and squares. They should be just as present in our meeting space as they are in cyberspace.”

He continued that 50 percent of todays world population is under the age of 25. The challenges that come along with that fact are: education (67 million children without primary education), employment (due to growth of world population, 600 million new jobs are needed within the next ten years) and rights (freedom and democracy, especially pointing out the role of youth in the Arab Spring). The Secretary-General also said that he is not satisfied with the current work regarding youth and for that reason he will appoint a new UN-Special Advisor on Youth.

Let us support the UN Secretary General on that issue to raise awareness for the role of youth in society.

The remarks of the event can be found here: UNIS/SGSM/319

Report from the YPCS August 2011 in Vienna

YPCS LogoWe are pleased to announce the publication of the report from the Youth Cooperation and Project Seminar 2011 in August in Vienna. Students and young professionals from thirteen different countries and eleven different associations participated at this event. They discussed and developed different projects which UNYANET, which established itself at this event as well, is not carrying out with its member associations. We want to use the opportunity to thank all participants, the staff, UNIS Vienna and UNYSA Austria for their support and engagement for this seminar. It was amazing and inspiring seminar and we are looking forward to the upcoming seminar which will be organised in 2012 at the General Assembly of UNYANET. We will post more information about this as soon as they are available.

You can download the report here: Report-YPCS-Vienna 2011