The first day of our Summer School on the United Nations: Youth Competencies for the Challenges of the Globalized World finished with a "global village" event

Participants of the Summer School and H. E. Mr. Joseph Mussomeli, Ambassador of the USA in Slovenia. (Photo - Jana Mahorčič)10 September 2014 - In the morning the conference was opened by Professor Bojko Bučar, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and UNA Slovenia President, and H. E. Mr. Joseph Mussomeli, Ambassador of the USA in Slovenia. Mr. Mussomeli exposed the characteristics of young people nowadays - their capability of strategic thinking, flexibility when using digital technology, innovativeness. He reminded the participants of the summer school that the stereotypes about young people shouldn't affect their willingness and preparedness and joked that youth is ignorant just enough to be brave. He finished with a thought that we should grow but never grow up.


H. E. Ambassador Mussomeli the keynote speaker at the “Summer School on the United Nations”

United Nations Association of Slovenia organizes the “Summer school on the United Nations: Youth competencies for the challenges of the globalized world” – a 3-days youth conference which will be attended by young activists from Slovenia and abroad. It will be held from 10th until 12th September 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana.


35 years of the Vienna International Centre

Vienna International Centre. (Photo - internet)

Vienna International Centre (VIC) which is one of the four headquarters of the United Nations, along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi, celebrates 35 years. To mark 35 years of the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, free guided tours of the VIC for the public will be organized on Friday 15th August 2014. For one day only members of the public will be able to join free guided tours of the building and find out more about the UN organizations based at the VIC.

More information can be found here.


WFUNA International Youth Day Campaign: »The world we want«

UNA Slovenia Youth Section joined the World Federation of the United Nations Associations' campaign for the International Youth Day. At the International Youth Day, WFUNA wants to highlight the importance of youth voices in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Members of the WFUNA Youth Network chose one option from the sixteen available development priorities in the UN global survey »My World 2015«. The opinions were compiled in a video – this is the world we want!


UNA Slovenia issues a publication “Youth and the United Nations” on the International Youth Day

(Photo - internet)United Nations Association of Slovenia celebrates the International Youth Day (12 August) by issuing a publication “Youth and the United Nations”. The publication provides an overview of the UN activities in the field of youth and opportunities for youth to engage in activities from the UN agenda – the institutes UN Youth Delegate and UNESCO messenger, as well as the results of a survey in which UNA Slovenia researched the opinion of Slovenian youth on the UN. The publication was prepared in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Slovenia. In the preface, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi shared his thoughts. Introductory words were prepared by the president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica and the president of the National Youth Council of Slovenia Tea Jarc. Authors of the publication are Urška Učakar, Adriana Aralica, Miha Pongrac and Mateja Robnik.

The UN recognized the importance of addressing youth issues; youth is one of the priorities of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This publication is a result of UNA Slovenia’s efforts to bring the UN closer to young people in Slovenia and abroad. Aim of the publication “Youth and the United Nations” is to provide the information on the UN and to encourage youth to get engaged in UN issues.