TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014
Geneva, 10 June 2014 - On the occasion of the beginning of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council, WFUNA Staff and volunteers implemented "Chocolate for Human Rights" initiative to raise awareness and funds about WFUNA and our activities.
The World Federation of United Nations Association in Geneva conducts trainings for members of the United Nations Associations on the UN human rights system, instruments and mechanisms and implements capacity building session in advocacy, awareness raising and project management related to human rights. In the spotlight today were our human rights and youth programs.
Our "Chocolate for Human Rights"initiative aimed at:
- Increasing WFUNA’s visibility with stakeholders of the international community in Geneva;
- Increase the visibility of WFUNA's human rights and youth programs;
- Raising funds for our human rights training "Civil Society in Action for Human Rights" The benefits will be used to sponsor participants from developing countries to attend our workshops in Geneva.
WFUNA programs in the spotlight
WFUNA-Manor joint series of chocolate boxes
WFUNA is delighted to partner with Manor for a limited edition box of 100% pure and natural Swiss chocolates!
With each purchase of our Chocolate Boxes, you will donate towards a fund that sends a representative of a United Nations Association from a developing country to WFUNA's "Civil Society in Action for Human Rights" program. This is a 3-year capacity building program that aims at strengthening the effectiveness of United Nations Associations in designing and implementing human rights advocacy strategies both nationally and internationally.
Find out more about our chocolate boxes here.
Civil Society in Action for Human Rights
With the emergence of new economic and political forces, civil society will play a crucial role in ensuring that development policies and actions, at home and abroad, are pursued according to international human rights standards. Civil Society in Action for Human Rights, has been launched in 2013 and aims to ensure that the United Nations Associations are fully equipped to address today's human rights challenges. Find out more here.
So, You Want To Be The Next High Commissioner?
Through our annual UNA Human Rights Trainings, WFUNA aims to empower UNA youth members to take a leading role in upholding human rights in their communities and around the world.
We inform and educate young UNA/UNYA members about human rights standards, human rights instruments and related implementing mechanisms, and train them on how to conduct effective human rights education and awareness raising activities within their communities. Back in their countries, participants implement human rights project in their countries of origin reaching out to more than 10,000 beneficiaries.
Are you a young person committed to the cause of human rights? Sign up for the next session of the initiative and be part of the change! More info here.
WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) is the flagship model UN conference hosted and organized by the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) in collaboration with the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI-UNA Italy).
Join us in Rome, Italy from June 30 - July 4, 2014 for a live simulation of UN committees and topics. Register today!
WFUNA staff and volunteers were present in three locations inside the UN Headquarters in Geneva (Door 6, Door 40 and Cafeteria entrance) to give information about WFUNA programs and sell our chocolate boxes. The UN was particularly busy with the first day of the Human Rights Council's 26th session and a number of other events on the agenda. Diplomats, UN staff and NGO representatives showed great interest in WFUNA programs and in the chocolate initiative.
We were delighted to be able to count on the great commitment of our interns, 3 volunteers and 3 representatives from Manor: thanks for your great help and energy!