UN Youth of Finland

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UN Youth of Finland

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UNA-Finland

Overview

UN Youth of Finland is a national youth-led association. Our goal is to promote and raise awareness of the United Nations among Finnish youth and students. We provide the young people with opportunities to learn and take part in meaningful youth activities.

We serve as an umbrella organization for the regional UN associations of Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Jyväskylä and Oulu as well as for the Finnish Model United Nations (FinMUN Society).

We represent the Finnish youth in the international level at United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) and WFUNA Youth network.

Past Projects

  • Advocacy campaign on Post 2015 agenda: Conducted a nationwide survey among Finnish youth between the ages of 15 and 29 to hear their voice regarding the post-2015 development agenda. The final report of survey was directed to political decision-makers and civil society actors in 2014.
  • Conference of Foreign Affairs in Gothenburg: Held a workshop on Post 2015 Agenda and SDGs as part of the annual conference organized by Swedish Association of International Affairs.
  • World Village Festival: Participated in World Village Festival by promoting UNA Finland “World’s Best News” –campaign and engaging young people.
  • Seminar for Member Associations: Organized a seminar bringing together all of the six local member associations to share ideas.

Current Projects

  • Post 2015 -report: Organized a follow-up survey to the Post 2015 advocacy campaign. The survey was targeted towards the Finnish youth the ages of 13 to 20 years old. The aim was to raise awareness of the ongoing process among students in years 7 to 12, and collect their opinions regarding the new SDGs.
  • Workshop at Ruuti Expo: Workshop on raising awareness of SDG among the young people. RuutiExpo is an annual large scale participation event for Finnish youth and different actors of the society in large.
  • UN’s 70th Anniversary-project: Celebrating UN’s 70th anniversary by organizing social media campaigns and promoting “World Good News”-campaign of UNA Finland.
  • New Member Association: Year 2015 we supported to resurrect a local UN Youth Association in Oulu, Northern Finland.

Strengths

  • Long and active history: 50 years of UNYA work in Finland 2017!
  • Working for youth and with youth
  • Bringing successfully the local organizations together to share ideas
  • Representation in the following national umbrella organizations; UNA Finland, Kepa (platform of Finnish civil society organizations who work for development and other global affairs) and Allianssi (organization for Finnish Youth Cooperation).

What would you like to network on

  • We want to co-operate with international youth networks.

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