Establishing of BHA UN
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, the 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.
Therefore, the BHA UN will organize commemorative events of the United Nations, and as of 2018, organize and implement the project "Sarajevo Model UN". Additionally, the BHA UN will work on the implementation of Western Balkans Youth Cooperation Platform and its activities, work on initiatives such as the Youth Delegate Program and other projects related to the goals listed above.