• Open position for JUNES Webmaster

    What is JUNES ?

    United Nations Youth Association Switzerland (JUNES) is an independent, non-partisan & non-profit umbrella organization, uniting all Model United Nations associations in Switzerland. JUNES was founded in 2007 by former Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey to sensitize Swiss youth to the work and value of the UN and bring the voice of civil-society youth to the UN. Since its founding JUNES continues to pursue its mission operating six national projects, two international projects meanwhile representing Swiss UN Youth nationally & internationally.

    What are the responsibilities of the JUNES Webmaster?

    The Webmaster of JUNES is appointed by the JUNES General Assembly in Lausanne 13th September 2014 and serve for one year from 13th September 2014 – September 2014 with possibility of extension. He or she will operate the JUNES in-house website, social media platforms and organizational designs. Furthermore the webmaster must work in close collaboration with our Translation team and mandated project teams.

    The position is non-remunerated, but rewarded with a recommendation from the Presidency of JUNES.

    The responsibilities includes but are not limited to:

    • Forge synergy with member association; keep information flowing from member associations to the JUNES platforms and vice versa.
    • Keep the Board of JUNES informed on current state of actions, progress & difficulties, of the online presence of JUNES.
    • In principle, take part in all monthly Board Meetings of JUNES.
    • Assist & supervise all mandated project teams, to generate online content.
    • Strengthen JUNES as the primary online platform for Swiss UN Youth interaction & action.

    Your profile:

    • Active student in Switzerland; Enrolled for B.A, M.A. or P.H.D at a Swiss University.
    • Residing in Switzerland until autumn 2014, with basic knowledge of Swiss culture & politics.
    • Proficient level in English & German or French. Knowledge of Italian & other languages an asset.
    • Some knowledge of PMP / HTML / CSS as well as WordPress.
    • Basic knowledge of social media interaction & engagement.
    • Interest in the United Nations System & Model United Nations.
    • Flair for working in a multicultural context & performing multi-dimensional tasks.
    • Natural talent for team-management, solid organizational skill & sense of responsibility.

    Interested?

    The current presidency remains at disposition for all interested candidates for unbinding & informal guidance.

    Send your CV with a brief description of yourself as soon as possible and we will get back to you with further information to initiate the nomination procedure.

    Contact: Co-President Isabel Heller Sørensen / Isabel@junes.org / +41(0)76 415 08 93 / +45 60 11 08 30

     

     

  • Open position for JUNES Presidency

    What is JUNES ?

    United Nations Youth Association Switzerland (JUNES) is an independent, non-partisan & non-profit umbrella organization, uniting all Model Untied Nations associations in Switzerland. JUNES was founded in 2007 by former Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey to sensitize Swiss youth to the work and value of the UN and bring the voice of civil-society youth to the UN. Since its founding JUNES continues to pursue its mission operating six national projects, two international projects meanwhile representing Swiss UN Youth nationally & internationally.

    What is the JUNES Presidency?

    The Presidency may consist of President & Vice-President, with the later serving as sub-ordered assistance to the President, or two Co-Presidents with side-ordered and equal responsibilities. The executive positions as P/VP or CO-Ps are complimented by the Treasurer, responsible for Fundraising & Finances. The Presidency is ultimately responsible to the Board of JUNES. Their primary task is to ensuring strategic and legal compliance with decisions of the Board of JUNES and subsequently for overseeing recruitment, implementation, monitoring & evaluation of all activities of JUNES. The presidency is, as all people working for JUNES, non-remunerated volunteer positions.

    “The Purpose of JUNES is to facilitate contact & exchange between member associations and the Presidency of JUNES serve to support and encourage this process. It has rewarded me with a great network of friends & contacts, given me tremendous working experience as is rewarded with a privileged recommendation from the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” – Isabel Heller Sörensen, Co-President of JUNES ’13-’14.

    What are the responsibilities of the Presidency?

    The Presidency of JUNES is elected by the JUNES General Assembly in Lausanne 13th September 2014 and serve for one year from 13th September 2014 – September 2014 with possibility of extension.

    The responsibilities includes but are not limited to:

    • Forge synergy with member association; organize, prepare & manage monthly board meetings, remain available to assist & supervise member associations, take demand-driven approach to day-to-day decision-making processes & accommodate wishes of members.
    • Keep the Board of JUNES informed on current state of actions, progress & difficulties, furthermore assist the Board determine & monitor activities, opportunities & challenges.
    • Assist & supervise all mandated project teams, ensure compliance with sub-targets, reporting and evaluation mechanisms.
    • Represent JUNES to stakeholders & partners; Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Association Switzerland (GSUN), Swiss National Youth Council (CSAJ/SAJV), World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), United Nations Youth Association Network (UNYANet), United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), Mercator Foundation ect.
    • Strengthen JUNES as the primary platform for Swiss UN Youth interaction & action.

    Your profile:

    • Active student in Switzerland; Enrolled for B.A, M.A. or P.H.D at a Swiss University.
    • Residing in Switzerland until autumn 2014, with basic knowledge of Swiss culture & politics.
    • Proficient level in English & German or French. Knowledge of Italian & other languages an asset.
    • At least one year experience working or volunteering for non-profit organisations.
    • Profound knowledge and interest in the United Nations System & Model United Nations.
    • Flair for working in a multicultural context & performing multi-dimensional tasks.
    • Natural talent for team-management, solid organizational skill & sense of responsibility.

    Interested?

    The current presidency remains at disposition for all interested candidates for unbinding & informal guidance.

    Send a motivation letter (max. one page) with CV as soon as possible and we will get back to you with further information to initiate the nomination procedure.

    Contact: Co-President Isabel Heller Sørensen / Isabel@junes.org / +41(0)76 415 08 93 / +45 60 11 08 30

     

     

  • JUNES General Assembly 2014 in Lausanne!

    Dear Members, Sponsors & Partners, 

    A year has past, JUNES turns seven years old and the election term 2013/2014 of the presidency is coming to an end. Therefore the current JUNES Board & Presidency unanimously decided that this year’s General Assembly of JUNES will take place on 13.09.2013 in Lausanne. Save the date ! 

    The General Assembly of JUNES 2014 is the highest level decision-making body of JUNES. It will convene JUNES delegates and Presidencies of all 13 Member Associations. Each Member Association holds two-votes, which may be cast in favor, against or abstaining on a matter under discussion. It is the noble task of the JUNES General Assembly to convene annualy to decide on high-substantious matter of JUNES: Composition of Presidency, Long-term strategy, Entrusted projects, Annual budget ect.

    The current Presidency of JUNES consisting of Co-President Gabriel Füglistaler, Co-President Isabel Heller Sørensen & Treasurer Raphael Jakob, will not run for re-election! Position decribtions for President/Vice-President or Co-Presidents, Treasurer & Webmaster are published mid-July. 

    The preliminary Programme issued by the Co-Presidents and approved by the Board is the following:

    11:00 – 13:00 General Assembly (1st Session)

    13:00 – 13:30 Break

    13:30 – 15:00 General Assembly (2nd Session)

    15:00 – 15:15 Break

    15:15 – 16:30 Workshops ( 1.WordPress web design & Social media 2. Fundraising )

    16:30 – 17:00 Transfer to BBQ Venue

    17:00 – 19:00 Leisure activity inspired by the Olympic Capital

    19:00 –  23:00 BBQ by the Lakeside

    For the General Assembly 2014, the Presidency has strong ambitions to convene all current and future stakeholders of JUNES for a day in Lausanne. This include but are not limited to all former & current; JUNES delegates, JUNES presidencies, JUNES project managers & participants, Presidencies of  Member Associations, Sponsors, Collaboration organisations & other relevant partners. 

    Do not hesitate to save the date & bring your MUN friends.

    Contact, registration & inquieries : isabel@junes.org

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    JUNES Newsletter #4 June 2014

    Summer has arrived and for many this means studying for finals followed by a long awaited summer holiday. For JUNES summer equals the Intercultural Study Project, this years edition evolves around Security Policy, State Sovereignty vs. Responsibility to Project doctrine. Have a look beneath for more info ! 



    Summer also means transition of the presidencies and boards in all MUN Associations. In September the election of a brand new JUNES Presidency is on the agenda. Do you have an novice leader in you ? We would be pleased to hear from you as the grooming of potential candidates has now begun !

    

In this edition we summarize the main activities for the Summer 2014, providing you with key dates and information about all upcoming events. 



    With these words we hope you will enjoy the newsletter
    and wish you all a truly excellent summer !

    // Editor & Friends…

    Read the online version here

  • “Let’s shape our future ourselves” Training Course in Armenia

    From Thursday 24th until Wednesday 30th of April, the Armenian development NGO Syunik organised a Training Course in Hermon village in the Vayots Dzor province in Armenia’s south-east. The training course gathered a little over 20 participants from Armenia, Georgia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the Ukraine for a week of intercultural exchange, project management workshops and practical application of different youth activism tools. The course was led by two experienced and enthusiastic Youth in Action trainers from Spain and Armenia.
    Gabriel Füglistaler, current co-president of JUNES, invited to participate by the Swiss National Youth Council (CSAJ/SAJV) was part of a four member Swiss delegation.

    Photo by GF

    The first day mainly consisted of team-building activities that allowed participants to get to know each other and to make first steps towards successful intercultural collaboration. The following days provided a platform for the exchange of best practises, comparison of youth activism in the different countries as well as discussions about the role and characteristics of youth leaders. The participants have also been equipped with basic tools of project management, self-evaluation and needs analysis.
    One of the highlights was the visit to the village Hermon where participants applied some of these tools and directly interacted with the locals.

    Photo by GF

    On the cultural side of things, the intercultural evening where participants presented their country and brought typical food, drinks and music was clearly another climax of this eventful week. The excursion to the Novarank monastery on the last day offered the opportunity to see more of beautiful Armenia and its rich history.

    Photo by GF

    All of the participants left Armenia enriched by the training course, the encounters with people and different cultures and the touching Armenian hospitality. JUNES strongly encourages its members to strengthen their intercultural skills by attending such training courses and our own projects like the ISP’14, or why not … by initiating your own projects!
    You can find more intercultural training courses you can attend yourself for instance on the Youth Salto webpage.

    Photo by GF

  • The ISP 14 is taking shape !

    At 11am on Sunday morning the 13th April, a group of young people trolled small-talking through the sunny  but deserted old town of Bern to get to the headquarters of the Swiss National Youth Council (CSAJ/SAJV).

    United in the old house by the boarders of the Bernese River, participants to the Intercultural Study Project 2014 (ISP14) worked to prepare the extensive JUNES project this year, dedicated to Global Security Policy. Two preperatory workshops focusing on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and State’s Sovereignty will prepare 20 participants for a two weeks long study trip to Kosovo & Serbia. At the meeting in Bern they presented their findings to discuss their future ventures!

    In JUNES we are truly excited and proud to have such dedicated members working to enlighten youth on this controversial topic. A topic which has extensive Swiss participantion and important implications for Europe and European youth.

    Stay tuned for information on the preperatory workshops, which will be open for all JUNES Members. Unfortunately registrations for the study trip has closed.

    The Intercultural Study Project 2014 is organized by JUNES in collaboration with GSUN, the United Nations Association of Switzerland.

  • #3 JUNES Newsletter out now !

    In this third edition of the JUNES newsletter, we have taken the pulse of spring 2014, bringing you a selection of the high-lights of UN youth activities. We also look back at JunesMUN 2014, capturing the true spirit of Swiss MUN. Finally, we present to you a variety of new projects, events and activities !

    We wish all delegates the best of luck at the conferences and hope to see you soon at one of our activities !

    Until then, have a truly excellent Spring !

    // Editor & Friends…

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    THE #1 CONFERENCE JOURNAL OUT NOW !

    The conference Journal from JUNESMUN 2014 feat. exclusive interview with Didier Burkhalter, insights to the Opening Ceremony, HRC, DISEC & UNEP.

     

    A PLACE FOR DREAMERS

    by Ronja Harder.

    The organizing committee has been working hard during the past months to set up a conference that is worthy of taking place in the city of Bern, the heart of Switzerland and the federal capital: even longer, more challenging, with more debates on one hand and more socializing on the other hand than during previous conferences. The Opening Ceremony of the 7th Edition of Junesmun set the stage for a memorable weekend with plenty of opportunities for personal growth. In the wise words of Secretary-General Robert Arnaud: “I challenge you to get out of your shell. If you are nervous to hold speeches in front of people: Make sure you hold one more speech than anyone else in your committee. If you are not good at talking to other people: talk to every single delegate at this conference. I dare you all: Use this opportunity to challenge yourself! I promise, you will not regret it.”

    Too read the entire article, view the online version here

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    The Intercultural Study Project 2014 is launched !

    ISP14_En-tête groupe Facebook

    This year’s ISP will focus on Global Security Policy more specifically the Responsibility to Protect doctine vs. State Sovereignty rooted in the case of Serbia and Kosovo. On Saturday 15th of February the Intercultural Study Project 2014 was launched at the Welcome Meeting for all interested participants in Bern. We are happy to say that it was a great success!

    Throughout the 1990ies, the international community repeatedly faced grave difficulties handling humanitarian crises such as the ones in Somalia (1993), Rwanda (1994) or Bosnia (1995). In 1999, the NATO intervened in Kosovo to „avoid a second Rwanda“. This raised the question of how the international community should respond to interventions by a state, or a group of states, using military force to alleviate human suffering without explicit authorization by the UN-Security Council. The UN-Security Council at that time was unprepared to unilaterally legitimize the NATO’s use of force – but it didn’t sanction it either. In response to the situation, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) developed a doctrine called Responsibility to Protect (R2P) stating the following: “Sovreign states have the responsibility to protect their own citizens from avoidable catastrophe – from mass murder and rape, from starvation – but when they are unwilling or unable to do so, that responsibility must be borne by the broader community of states”.

    It is the aim of the ISP to help get a nuanced insight and understanding of Global Security Policy in a short mid- and long-term perspective, through two preperatory workshops in Switzerland preparing delegates for a Study Trip to Serbia and Kosovo in the Summer 2014.

    This year, the ISP is co-organized with the Association UNA-Switzerland.

    For more information, please see the ISP’14 Web page

  • The second-of-all-times JUNES Newsletter is out now!

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