European Conference on Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation

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European Conference on Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation
European Conference on Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation
Project UCYVROK - Uniting for Citizenship and Participation
Place Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus
Date(s) November, 2008
Number of participants 49



Executive Summary

The conference was organised by Future Worlds Center to conclude the European Project “Uniting for Citizenship and Participation: Youth Promoting Vulnerable Groups’ Rights, Opportunities and Knowledge. It focused on an ideal European Youth Environment, based on Diversity, Human Rights, Social Inclusion and Active Citizenship, in which youth participate. The conference congregated 3 participants per country (representing the 3 different stakeholder groups A, B and C) plus 3 members of the Human Rights Education Youth Network and another 5 youth experts, representatives and policy makers from the EU region in order to

  • present the outputs of the regional SDDP co-laboratories and good practice examples from all 12 countries
  • present the results of the international youth survey
  • allow for discussions and debate among stakeholders, experts, and policy makers
  • draft a joint declaration on citizenship and participation which will be disseminated to regional, national and European youth policy stakeholders
  • discuss possible follow-up activities.

Additionally, 28 participants affiliated with youth organisations in Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, France, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, as well as a European network registered in Spain participated in the conference.

Conference Programme

9:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:15 Welcoming Remarks

10:15 – 11:15 Presentation of Project Results:(Chair: Mr. Larry Fergeson)
An ideal society that is culturally diverse and inclusive – workshop reports from Cyprus, Italy and Romania Discussion

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:30 Challenges of Active Youth Participation in Europe (Chair: Mr. Yiannis Laouris)

  • Mr. Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, MEP Cyprus - Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • Mr. Panayiotis Demetriou, MEP - Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats
  • Ms. Ruxandra Pandea, Human Rights Education Youth Network
  • Ms. Elena Aristodemou: Presentation of Preliminary Data Analysis of UCYVROK Youth Survey

Discussion of a Joint Action Plan for a European Youth Environment based on Diversity, Human Rights, Social Inclusion and Active Citizenship

13:30 – 14:30 Light Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 Best Practices – Successful Initiatives on Youth Inclusion (Ms. Kerstin Wittig)

  • Mr. Jaco Cilliers, UNDP-ACT
  • Mr. Ali Yaman, Cyprus Network for Youth Development
  • Mr. Kyriacos Theodotou, Cyprus Youth Board
  • UCYVROK partners

Discussion

16:00 – 16:10 Closing Remarks