24 October 2014
Learning about the United Nations
On the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October 2014, UNO Baku organized a “UN4U” outreach campaign at Qafqaz University in Baku by given a comprehensive presentation to students about the organization. The event was joined by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN Service) and brought together more than 50 students specializing in International Relations and Public Administration.
During the opening remarks the Secretary General’s message was read out on the occasion of UN Day. It said: “The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.”
The event continued with a video screening about UN activities, its aims, structure, and ideals of peace and social and economic progress which have remained the basic goals of the organization since 1945.
The UNO Baku team followed the message with a presentation on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and briefed the audience on MDG success in the country based on statistical facts provided by the government of Azerbaijan. The audience was also informed about its post-2015 Development agenda and the current consultations with the Azerbaijani government for setting immediate priorities for Sustainable Development Goals.
In the same context, a presentation was delivered on the most advanced system of public service delivery in Azerbaijan, by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN Service). ASAN is a new innovative model of public service delivery, where many services from various governmental departments and private companies brought in a single administrative building called “ASAN service” centres.
During the event it was also mentioned that as part of MDG 9 - Establishing and Strengthening Good Governance, ASAN Service enables citizens of Azerbaijan to have more straightforward, efficient and transparent access to public services.
08 September 2014
participants at the event
UNO Baku, in cooperation with the Bright Future Youth Public Union and Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, organized a discussion session to celebrate International Literacy Day on 8 September in Mingacevir. The event brought together young NGO representatives, community members and young teachers to discuss this year’s observance themed “Literacy and Sustainable Development”, with the aim of highlighting the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
The event started with the screening of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education, a video depicting the importance of education and literacy for human beings. After the screening, the UNO Baku team delivered an insightful presentation mentioning the importance of literacy as a key element needed to promote sustainable development -- as it empowers people to make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration.
“By promoting literacy, you can help people gain awareness that literacy is the foundation of all learning and development,” said Zaka Guluyev, a UNO Baku team member. He also mentioned that it was vital that people reach out to one another in order to educate illiterate people in our communities and societies.
In order to spice up the event, a short simulation was launched. Each of the participants were assigned to represent their ideas on "the Role of Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development". The participant appeared very excited with the role-play and came up with insightful and interesting speeches.
12 August 2014
Youth at the event
In observance of International Youth Day, UNO Baku in partnership with the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation and Educational Center for Youth, held a Model UN Workshop on 12 August. The event was held in Samukh, approximately 300 kilometers away from the capital Baku. The workshop attracted more than 30 determined young participants from various regions of Azerbaijan. The main aim of the event was to develop a better understanding of the UN’s work among youth and raise the awareness of the organization’s cause. In addition, UNO Baku’s team members along with other highly qualified experts, trained the participants in public speaking, debating, and writing skills. Moreover critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills elements were reflected during the Model UN simulation workshop.
The event started with the screening of a video about the UN’s work and followed with the presentation, which provided the participants with in-depth information about working procedures and the conduct of Model United Nations. Later, the training expert Mr. Sabuhi Khalili engaged participants in discussions of the role of youth in the development of the country, and inspiring them to act in the best interest of the nation states that they were assigned to. Participants seemed to be very excited about the topic, especially since each of the attendees was involved into the heated discussions and was given an opportunity to express his or her view through the diplomatic simulation.
During the event, Ramin Jafarov, representing Azerbaijan Youth Foundations said: “Today’s event opened up the opportunities for Azerbaijan regional youth to gain certain knowledge and new skills about diplomacy and international relations.”
“Today’s event has inspired me to learn more about diplomacy and moreover acquaint myself with International Relations. Such simulation workshops are one of the most effective ways to begin the process of involving regional youth in the development issues of the country,” said Aygun Akhmedova, a participant. “I want to call upon all participants in this simulation and say thank you for your hard work and enthusiasm,” said Zaka Guluyev, UNO Baku’s team member during his closing remarks.
18 July 2014
Students at the event
Marking the first Nelson Mandela International Day since Mandela’s death in December last year, UNO Baku, in partnership with the Baku Education Information Centre (BEIC), held an interactive session for youth and adolescents about the one of the world’s greatest public figures - Nelson Mandela. The event took place at the BEIC’s on 18 July, inspiring Azerbaijani youth to volunteer and perform community service in order to honour Mandela's legacy.
The event started with the screening of UN Secretary-General’s video message in which Ban Ki-moon said: “Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action. Each of us can celebrate this Day by helping to address real problems in our communities. Together we can give great meaning to our celebration by paving the way for a better future.” Later, the event was followed by presentation, giving information about how Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as he fought for justice, democracy and equality.
“You can also take action and inspire change,” said UNO Baku’s team member Zaka Guluyev while informing participants about the essence of the 67 minutes campaign, which encourages people to help others. He gave examples of how one could make a difference through activities such as preparing meals for the elderly, helping out in orphanages, cleaning up parks and delivering computer literacy workshops, etc.
At the end of the event, participants had an interactive discussion about Nelson Mandela asking the UNO Baku team members interesting questions about his life and political movements.