Bosnia and Herzegovina Association for United Nations (BHA UN) is an association established primarily to promote the values and spirit of the United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including but not limiting to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Charter of the UN. The BHA UN has evolved from bringing together youth leaders to organize and participate in Model United Nations conferences and other relevant panel discussions on current world issues.
We aim to inform and affirm the general public of the activities, importance and values of the United Nations, projects and initiatives for change that are being implemented by the United Nations or are ought to be implemented in the future, and that are of interest of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through our activities, we promote the principles of understanding, tolerance, coexistence and inter-connectivity of the people regardless of the language, gender, race, national, ethnic or religious affiliation, all in order to establish new contacts and joint action towards solving contemporary problems in BiH and the world.
The BHA UN strives to promote national reconciliation through primarily engaging the youth from the entire BiH, supporting and promoting the values of the UN and the European Union, fostering civic engagement in the process of decision-making, bringing the aspect of informal education and youth networking to the attention to relevant institutions. We give special attention to the youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to ensure that their voices are amplified.
Additionally, BHA UN strives to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies, both globally and regionally by promoting the SDG Goal 16 (Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies) and Goal 17 (Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development). As relevant scientific research on conflict reconciliation shows, we also share the position that the issue of regional reconciliation needs to be adequately addressed by engaging stakeholders in regional civil societies through a bottom-up approach, focusing on youth participation. Thus, we are members of Western Balkans Youth Cooperation Platform, which offers a valuable starting point, where the young generations can engage with one another in a constructive and benevolent way towards paving the path of regional sustainable conflict reconciliation.
Our mission is to promote human rights, peace, reconciliation, civic engagement and youth participation, mainly by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals and the Charter of the United Nations. We are dedicated to promoting and raising awareness of the values and spirit of the United Nations within BiH, as well as the principles of understanding, tolerance, coexistence and interconnectivity of the people regardless of the language, gender, race, national, ethnic or religious affiliation.
BHA UN Structure
As envisioned in the Statute, the BHA UN has 3 permanent bodies:
- Steering Board;
The Assembly is the highest decision-making organ at the BHA UN, which among others, elects Association representatives, adopts strategic plans and financial reports. The President of Assembly chairs the meetings in the Assembly.
The Steering Board is an organ that is in charge of the operational aspect of running the Association. The Steering Board is entrusted with preparing the budget, operational plan, forms other bodies within the Association and carries out decisions made by the Assembly.
The President of the Association is in charge of managing the Association. President carries out decisions made by the Steering Board, Assembly and represents the Association in public.
Main objectives of the BHA UN are:
to inform and affirm the general public of the activities, importance and values of the United Nations;
to promote the principles of understanding, tolerance, coexistence and interconnectivity of the people regardless of the language, gender, race, national, ethnic or religious affiliation;
to establish cooperation with UN associations in the region and abroad, as well as any other like-minded institutions in BiH and abroad;
to develop and strengthen the awareness of the citizens of BiH about active participation in the cultural, social and political field and their individual importance in the economic growth of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
to affirm and provide support to the academic community and students in the field of scientific research;
to enhance awareness on the importance of active citizen participation in the process of building a democratic system through the promotion of personal participation and responsibility towards the social development of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
to provide support to individuals or legal entities that are directly or indirectly involved in the process of national reconciliation, promoting coexistence and mutual respect in multinational or multi-ethnic communities through the promotion of inclusive policies, mutual respect, tolerance and coexistence among the people, both in the local community and in the wider community of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
to work on informal education with a special focus on the youth, provide support to young individuals during education and promote through and inclusive changes in the education system in BiH, which young individuals will present at the United Nations and/or other organizations.
to gain members and supporters;
the acquisition of full membership in the World Federation for the United Nations (WFUNA) and harmonization of joint activities.
Everyone matters - reaching a just, peaceful, reconciled, inclusive and sustainable society by engaging relevant stakeholders, youth and individuals in a process that fosters bottom-up interaction.
The BHA UN Steering Board consists of:
President is in charge of managing the Association. President carries out decisions made by Steering Board, Assembly and represents the Association in public.
Vice-President is assisting President in carrying out duties and replacing President in case of absence or vacancy.
Secretary-General is in charge of Association's administrative, financial and legal matters.
Steering Board is also in charge of the following Departments:
- Sarajevo Model UN
- Western Balkans Cooperation Platform
The BHA UN will reach its objectives through following activities:
- organization of Model UN conferences;
- carrying out special educational programs focusing on primary and secondary schools with topics related to the UN;
- organization of various round-tables, lectures, workshops and other educational, social, promotional and business seminars, forums, conferences, congresses and meetings with focus on current issues that BiH, region, and world at large are facing;
- giving special attention to promotion of the campaign of UN 'Sustainable Development Goals' by organizing lectures, round tables and workshops on the topic;
- creation of a platform for the vertical exchange of knowledge and ideas between the academic community, decision-makers and young people with the aim of building mutual trust;
- organizing campaigns and celebrations on UN international days;
- organizing educational excursions to UN institutions and agencies;
- publishing brochures, plans, books, reports, analyzes and publications, the content of which relates to the goals and activities of the association.