Learning about UN activities in Azerbaijan

18 February 2014

To inform youth about the United Nations work in Azerbaijan and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UNO Baku team organized an informative session for students at the UN House, on 18 February. The event brought together the representatives of AIESEC, the international youth association and highlighted the importance of education, which was a good start for future networking and collaboration opportunities.

The UNO team screened a documentary and made a short presentation depicting the challenging work of the United Nations in hotspots around the world. The students got an opportunity to present their knowledge of both the United Nations and current events worldwide. Students were particularly interested in issues pertaining to the UN’s work in Azerbaijan, as well as the MDGs, which some thought were more critical for Azerbaijan than others, since some of the goals are no longer an issue in the country.

“Today we found the session very informative, and we learned many things about the work of the UN in Azerbaijan,” said Murad Zeynalov, Local Committee President of AIESEC. The UNO Baku team also discussed the possibility of organizing joint events with AIESEC to raise youth awareness about the MDGs and other development issues that remain main priorities for the United Nations.

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Extra Curricular Activities Fair

29 January 2014

The 29thof January was an exciting day for St.Paul’s College Windhoek students, as the Extra-curricular activity fair held for the students showcased a plethora of after-school activities, ranging from educational to community service. As of 2014, it became compulsory for all students to participate in at least one extramural activity. Hundreds of students roamed the activities fair hall, to identify an activity they would enjoy for 2014.

 One activity that was exceptionally popular with the students was the Model UN Namibia programme (MUNNAM). The MUN Club members at the school, set up an exhibition table comprising of UN material and banners. The club was supported by UNIC Windhoek. The set up was spearheaded by MUN Club member Lars Schuler, who coordinated and ensured active support from the UNIC team.

 With a staggering 54 students signing up to join the MUN Club at St Paul’s, Lars and his fellow club members were pleased with the outcome. UNIC staff (along with existing MUN club members) were there to answer any queries that the students had. The students were extremely enthusiastic to join the MUN Club at St Paul’s College. Many took home flyers pertaining to different topics within the UN, as well as water bottles with the compliments of UNIC Windhoek. St.Paul’s College is thrilled to have such a well-rounded MUN team that varies in age and background! With many juniors signing up, the MUN Club is set to sustain itself and reach new heights during the 2014 conference.

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Over 900 Students Participate in the 20th Annual Model UN conference at UNON

24 January 2014

This year’s Middle School Model UN (MSMUN) conference for East Africa saw several international schools taking part in the meeting which took place at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON) in Gigiri, Kenya. Over 900 students attended the three day conference which ran from Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th January 2014.

The MSMUN was officially opened by UNON Director General Sahle-Work Zewde who commended and applauded the participating students for their hard work in the conference. 

The Director-General challenged the student delegates to test their knowledge of the UN, leadership and communication skills and appreciate the role of the world organization in addressing global issues. She encouraged the students to be creative and strive for new innovative approaches to the challenges of poverty alleviation, hunger, inadequate housing, environmental degradation, and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

In his opening remarks, Slovakia Ambassador Michal Mlynár congratulated the student delegates for exposing themselves into the world of diplomacy and negotiation at an early stage. Ambassador Mlynar challenged the young girls and boys to champion their countries’ development interests and take up their roles in helping provide solutions to global problems. He ended by quoting a former President of the United States of America J F Kennedy as saying “do not ask what your country can do for you; instead ask what you can do for her”.

The 20th annual MSMUN conference was attended by students from Kenya and Tanzania, between the ages of 11 and 14 years. The focus for this year was on “Building Leadership for Tomorrow”, emphasizing the roles of the young ones as leaders of today and tomorrow. 

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) Nairobi facilitates the holding of Model UNs annually at the complex.

UNOSDP 8th Youth Leadership Camp in progress in Tokyo

22 January 2014

The UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) held the 8th Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) in Tokyo. 

On 22 January, interns from UNIC Tokyo attended the public viewing day in order to interview participants as well as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, for a series of special featured stories to be uploaded on UNIC’s website as well as its Facebook page.

Thirty young women and men aged 18 to 25 from Asia and Israel, are taking part in this edition of the camp. The purpose of the UNOSDP YLC is to bring together young community leaders in the field of sport for development and peace and provide them with additional theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Upon their return to their home countries, participants would be able to further improve the conditions in their own communities.

Special Adviser Lemke is the creator of the YLC. “I am very proud of this series of camps. I had the idea to launch this camp after I visited Sub-Saharan Africa where I met youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, often in connection with impairment, who were nevertheless very involved in their communities. I want to change their lives through the camp and support them in being role models for others. That is the main idea behind the YLC,” said Mr. Lemke, adding that he endeavors to keep in touch with the individual participants after the camp, too.

“Sport has the power to change the world,” Mr. Lemke is convinced. Dor Shaty, a camp participant representing the Israeli NPO Budo for Peace, agrees. “Seeing the positive effects that practicing martial arts has on children is amazing!” he states, adding that he endeavors to strengthen the personalities of the children he works with and to teach them virtues such as tolerance through these sports. Shaty especially appreciated learning about how to adapt martial arts for teaching them to persons with disabilities, adding “I know that they, too, can practice martial arts”.

One of the participants, Ms. Rajni Jha, is an international para-swimming champion from India. Ms. Jha has polio in her right leg. “I do not feel like I am disabled, and I want to help others, especially girls. I started coaching two years ago, with only eight students and today I coach a hundred and twenty. In India, people with disabilities often remain excluded from sport but I want to encourage them to never lose hope and to keep on doing sports, because they can. Everyone has a power!” said the inspiring Ms. Jha.

The Tokyo camp ended on Thursday 30 January. Four more editions of the YLC are planned for 2014, starting in Berlin and followed by Florida, Gwangju and Stockholm.