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   The International Youth Conference "European Values for the Future of the SEE Countries"

General Info

The International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of the SEE Countries “was initiated in 2003 to grow into a Traditional Youth Conference actively attended by more than 800 different individuals, youth leaders for the last 16 years. Back in the day, European values in the SEE countries were a significant issue affecting everyone. Now, 16 years from the organization of the first conference, the topic is still vigorous and pending, but the political – economic map of the region has notably changed. Although all countries embarked from the same point, the situation today with all of them is different.

The International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries“ has existed sixteen consecutive years as a forum where 60 active, successful and competent young leaders, youth workers and representatives from prominent NGOs from 16 countries are gathered every year. These fighters for a better future are sharing their visions, strategies, campaigns and way of thinking during the 5-day forum. They are using the Conference as an orientation marker for their future plans in the field of European values because it is well known that the conference is the perfect base for proclaiming new ideas and creating new politics.

The International Youth Conference is a unique place, a cultural crossroad with discussions being mixed such as rule of law, democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, free market economy, political inclusiveness and right of free sexual orientation,  while we are putting together the jigsaw of the future.

This year, the International Youth Conference traditionally will happen for the 18th time.

The Conference structure

Striving towards a greater grasp, impact, and potential for sustainable youth engagement across the region, activities planned within the project “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries” were extended and divided in two key phases last year.

The Conference major goal and project objectives:

The major goal of the International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries” is supporting active and committed young leaders from Southeast Europe to work every day for the European future of the region.

The Conference objectives:

  • Youth Leadership and Empowerment;
  • Euro-Atlantic Integration;
  • Youth Civic Engagement
  • Stimulation of the regional cooperation                                                                   
  • Democratization and cross border cooperation in SEE region
  • Fostering the progress in societies in SEE towards integration into the Euro Atlantic structure

Strengthening the Role of Young People in Pandemic Times 

Because of the Covid19 pandemic, the 18th Conference was implemented in a hybrid model, using both physical and online advantages in order  to keep in line with the health measures proposed by our Ministry of Health. Most of the participants participated online, while some of the speakers held their presentations physically in Europe House Skopje. 

The main topics of this year conference were:

Solidarity in Crisis: Humanity Beyond Covid19

- Access to Healthcare

- Social Distancing and Distrust 

- Economic Collaboration

Proliferation vs. Creation of Truth

- Social Media: Threat or Treat? 

- Beyond Objectivity "Hygiene of Thoughts" and Fake News

Towards "World Risk Society 2.0" 

Racism and Nationalism

- Gender Inequality 

- Youth Detachment 

Youth for Sustainable Development Goals in the SEE Region 

- What is Sustainable Development?

- Who are the Actors Involved? 

- What can Young People do? 

- Ground up - Local Resilient Answer

Unemployment - What Now? 

- Post-Covid Alternative Economies: Will the Job Market Change? 

- How Can Globalization be Inclusive in the Digital Era? 

Future Education: New Opportunities or New Dividing Lines 

- Is Education up to Date? 

- Adaptation to the Crisis - Did we lose a Generation? 

You can find more information about the International Youth Conference on the official conference web site.

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