Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The National system of Human Rights Protection in the Russian Federation

We as the participants of the ‘Youth Peace Ambassadors’ project were asked to explore more about the system of human rights protection in our native country. Having done this we would like to share with you some issues related to this topic.

First of all the main law protecting human rights in Russia is the Constitution of the Russian Federation (part 2, articles 17-64; http://www.constitution.ru/) in which human rights as a highest value is a base of civil society and the state. Human rights are assigned not only to citizens but also to foreigners, refugees, displaced persons and illegal migrants. International law standards are proclaimed as the supreme part of the national legislation.

The base of the national legislation is the following international documents:


Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 3. Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Rui Gomez: ICD.
The last day was dedicated to further projects and plans within the frameworks of ICD. It was reflection day and pre-finish stage of Indicators subject discussion. But as far as participants understood it needs to be checked in real projects. 


Representatives of CoE.
YCSD suggested to be involved into 2 kinds of projects to finish check-stage of ICD Indicators -- to implement a non-formal education project (NFE) and formal education project (FE) during a further period -- till June 2012. And we'll get a result connected to Indicators and its necessity to be more itemized.

We hope for any kind of activity continuaition in this fieldwork because ICD is the important part of the world development.

Thanks for this opportunity CoE and EU: Russia should be involved into EuroMed for better understanding.




Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 2. Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Work group with a case-study presentation.
The 2nd day was dedicated to different aspects of ICD process and its evaluation through the proposed variety of ICD criteria and indicators. We had a long conversation finished by a new discussion of these indicators validity. 

INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE:
  1. ICD --> purpose.
  2. ICD in a youth activities: a) Youth in Action, b) Council of Europe.
  3. Education + Training and Activities (ICL)

CRITERIA:
  • specific,
  • valuable,
  • usable,
  • indicators? 
Nowadays CoE and EU commission in the frameworks of the wider Euro-Med region faced with a lot of problems connected to specific features of any region. 

'Three cultures together' project. Israel.
By our opinion, the base of worked out EU youth projects focuses only on the homogenous layer of issues -- Roma case, migration process, youth projects implementation in a common sense as a kind of youth work etc. The Euromed means a global region with different ethnic groups, connections, cultures, religions, ideals, political systems, authorities and possibilities. 

To check all proposed ICD indicators we must be ready to concuct a social and state inclusion of all countries belonging to the splaying region -- Euromed. So there is a necessity to shape all specific features of reality in all regions including Russian territory with a scope of ethnic contradictions and frozen or dynamic conflicts. At least, we advice for EU commission and CoE departments to feel hot it is -- to be a non-Russian body in a non-European intercultural space only with a T-kit and Guide devoted to a youth work in a hand. 

Unfortunately, today CoE produces a lot of papers and documents based only on internal processes with exlusion of the Caucasus and Turkish socio-political realities. Russia suffers from this exclusion too. That's why it seems CoE doesn't understand or doesnt' want to understand that the successful youth work means inclusion in all aspects of this workfield even regardless of official policy between different states. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 1. Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Rui Gomez speaks.
The 1 day has started from opening of the seminar, short introduction of participants (including the educational background and relatives with the seminar agenda) and (of course) from the personal expectations due work. 

Rui Gomez from Direcorate of Youth and Sport (Council of Europe) started the first session. He asked all participants to catch 3 words of intercultural dialogue (ICD) understanding. So our organization, Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy', took basic words -- mutual understanding and respect

Participants mentioned 'understanding', 'tolerance', 'respect'. As Rui has said, ICD means ICD. 

Rui asked a rhetorical question to the audience: 'What could we do together in the context of ICD? Do we actually achieve that we declare?'

Of course, it's so easy just to attend any meeting, mention the main subject and pronouce ICD, but in reality what can we do for improving our common (really common?) work in this field? 

Personally I liked Rui's frank conclusion: 'Nothing was given to foreigners for the last 50 years'. Due the ICD. That's why we might be able to discuss in a broader sense of the Euro-Med region including the Russian Federation. And we must highlite any specific indicators and factors attached to our regions -- it would be an indicator identification process.

ICD experts from all over the Euro-Med region. Mollina, Spain.
The joint point of view deals with not only focus on CoE, EU commission or Youth in Action program.

The secod aim of the current meeting dedicated to checking all factors for continuing this long-term project and further project devoted to this subject. For example, it was a very good proposal to invite partners for interaction and test for discussing some period of their work in the ICD field -- after 6 months or even 1 year. 

Each aim of such meetings must be more practical. It means that we should not follow just 1 logical system and be able to interact flexible in the ICD context -- not to follow just theoretical subject, or just implement projects without any research and its evaluation. 

There were also mentioned 2 areas of indicators:
  1. personal level (learning throug indicators as example);
  2. how ICD activities are organised.
Anyway, ICD is a process. Neverending, systematic but the whole process is connected with not only philosophical 'casual youth' things like meetings, training courses, hugs and e-mail exchanges, but with political level also. And its main point is how to participate in a political community and to develop ICD on this level exactly.

Intercultural learning (IL) leads to intercultural dialogue (ICD). It is strongly connected with society's understanding. It supposed to make understanding, indicators including, concept of ICD, all attituded and relations in the current fieldwork.

The main conclusion of the 1st day is better to be practice than theoretical. That's why we should answer how can my own organization contribute to ICD process. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Election Exchange 2011, Istanbul

Few months ago (3 June – 13 June 2011) YCSD took a part in the international program called “Election Exchange 2011” which was held in Istanbul, world cultural center of civilizations. We were invited as an independent your leaders from Russia to observe the election process in Istanbul.
According to the official information, “organized by Justice and Development Party Istanbul Youth Branch, Election Exchanges is an organization that gathers the youth from all over the world with the aim of telling the future leaders about present, politics and the future visions of Turkey and establish a network with them that will be aiming to last long.
Thanks to this organization, 81 youths coming from all over the world will be included to the election running in the districts of İstanbul and they will be observing how the elections are held and they will feel the atmosphere”.
For us it was very useful international experience because we were a real part of intercultural dialogue (more than 100 participants all over the world -- in fact!), intercultural understanding of election process in Turkish way conducting.
We’ve faced with different aspects of Turkish election exchange – with people, cultural traditions, imperial politics, authorities, diplomacy, Istanbul city districts, composed and hot-hearted behavior and of course with unique hospitality of Turks.
And we’ve participated in various workshops devoted to leadership development and political technologies using in a foreign political process.
Additional information you can find here (hurriyetdailynews)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' is going to take a part (accepted by the Council of Europe) in Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education' in Mollina, Spain (22-24 September 2011).

The project was meant to provide answers to the questions: 
  • What  makes  international  youth  activities  and  projects  'intercultural'  or supportive of intercultural dialogue?
  • Are there indicators that organizers and participants in such activities can use to evaluate the extent of intercultural learning in their activities?
  • Do  the  two questions above make sense  in  the same way  to  (all)  the partners involved in Euro-Mediterranean youth activities? 
From  the  outset,  the  Salto  network  (Salto  Diversity  and  Salto  Euro-Med)  have cooperated  in  the  project;  involvement  of  the  North-South  Centre  of  the  Council  of Europe,  of  the  Anna  Lindh  Foundation  for  the  Dialogue  between  Cultures  and  other international organisations was also envisaged.

The Euro-Mediterranean context is not the only relevant geographical scope of cooperation of the partnership between  the European Commission and  the Council of Europe  in  the  field of youth  for  this project, but  it  is possibly the most obvious and one of the most difficult as a result of the ambivalence of the relations between all side of the Mediterranean and the crystallisation of stereotyping and prejudice. 

But  the work on  indicators applies equally to cooperation with and between other regions such as  the Arab, African and American regions and within sub-regions. 

And with honour we'd like to inform you that YCSD (located and working in the Russian Federation) will be a valuable participant from non-Euromed side in this Seminar. It's our great achievement. 



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Кавказ -- наш общий дом


С 22 по 25 сентября в Ростове-на-Дону пройдет IV Международная научно-практическая конференция «Кавказ — наш общий дом». 
К участию в конференции приглашаются лидеры и активисты молодежных организаций области и Волгодонска, а также молодые ученые. 
Организатором выступает общественная организация «Донской союз молодежи» при содействии:
  • Министерства спорта, туризма и молодежной политики России,
  • Национального совета молодежных и детских объединений России,
  • Южнороссийского филиала института социологии РАН,
  • Института переподготовки и повышения квалификации Южного федерального университета.



В программе Конференции предусмотрено планерное заседание, круглые столы, работа секций и культурные мероприятия.

Youth Peace Ambassadors


We are pretty glad to let you know that Youth Club ‘Social Diplomacy’ is the participant of the long-term project of the Council of Europe called ‘Youth Peace Ambassadors’.

The Youth Peace Ambassadors project promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue.

Central to this project are the concepts of human rights, peace and “deep security”, understood as long-term and deep-rooted processes ensuring equality in dignity for all, fostering intercultural dialogue, and providing real access to and participation in the democratic process in Europe.

The Council of Europe’s youth sector has an outstanding tradition of supporting young people and youth non-governmental organisations as peace-builders and actors in conflict transformation and intercultural dialogue.

Through the Youth Peace Ambassadors project, the Council of Europe will support young people from different conflict-affected communities in and across Europe through a training programme that will develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes and involves residential trainings and e-learning as well community-rooted initiatives and projects carried by the participants.

In the framework of YPA project Youth Club ‘Social Diplomacy’ is going to be an active part of projects implementation within 2 big regions: the Black Sea and Caucasus Region and the Balkan Region.
The first direction is defined by belonging to the one geopolitical area and the second one is defined by common historical background and similarity of ongoing process (peace-building, civil society development, democracy institutions functioning).

You can find below some project plans expects to be implemented in the nearest time.

The Black Sea and Caucasus Region/cooperation establishment:

‘Youth perspective on The Black Sea and Caucasus Region” consists of 2 parts, which are independent activities and linked by research analysis made during the first seminar.

The first part includes 6 countries: Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Sweden as a neutral state. The project goal is to involve youth into civil activism and to promote dialog in the region in order to overcome nationalism and xenophobia, also to provide youth from the region with platform for cooperation and training in conflict prevention and peace building. We intend to include the research activity elements which will familiarize young people with approaches to writing geopolitical reports of different types.

The second part is expected to be the next step in cooperation development in the BIG Black Sea region including some additional stakeholders from the Europe and the Middle East. During this seminar our main aim to deepen the understanding of the ethnic interactions and religious issues within participating countries (Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sweden, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom) to promote tolerance, people-to-people contacts and exchange of local practices/realities.

The Balkan Region/cooperation establishment:

Ex-Yugoslavian and Ex-Soviet countries have the similar historical background affected on the current process in the states. We would like to explore the similar process with democracy establishment, territorial conflicts, interethnic\religious tension, civil society development and share experience and main ideas about the civil society role (especially youth) in the democratization using non-formal educational methods and social art tools.

The YCSD’s team wishes you all the best. Enjoy the last weeks of this summer and be ready for very active autumn)

Specially for Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' blog by Elena Zhirukhina.

Visual world of Human Rights


Youth Club ‘Social diplomacy’ (YCSD) had in 16 August 2011 the meeting with one of the most experienced Human Rights organization in the South of Russia – Youth Public Union ‘Generation ‘LEX’’ started its activity in 2003 as editorial office for youth juridical newspaper ‘Generation ‘LEX’’. From the very beginning it was the union of young jurists interested in promotion of mediation, juvenile technologies, probation service, government transparency. The jurisprudence is traditionally considered to be very conservative science. That’s why young experts have been attempting to create new interdisciplinary forms. During the real work ‘Generation ‘LEX’’ has communicated with psychologists, sociologists, officials, artists.

In the present time the team consists of many occupation representatives (the main staff – 15 people and more than 50 volunteers involved during the project implementation stage). So in the line with human rights promotion and protection they develop other trends in the Southern Federal District and the North-Caucasian Federal Districts, also in Moscow.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Intercultural Stimulation Course

After our long vacation days we back to Social Diplomacy and our work.

Firstly, we'd like to inform you about another opportunity devoted to intercultural space -- the European Intercultural Stimulation Course in Berlin.

Applicants can apply for grants to cover 100% of travel cost, accommodation and course fee.

Full information here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The National system of Human Rights Protection in the Russian Federation

We as the participants of the ‘Youth Peace Ambassadors’ project were asked to explore more about the system of human rights protection in our native country. Having done this we would like to share with you some issues related to this topic.

First of all the main law protecting human rights in Russia is the Constitution of the Russian Federation (part 2, articles 17-64; http://www.constitution.ru/) in which human rights as a highest value is a base of civil society and the state. Human rights are assigned not only to citizens but also to foreigners, refugees, displaced persons and illegal migrants. International law standards are proclaimed as the supreme part of the national legislation.

The base of the national legislation is the following international documents:


Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 3. Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Rui Gomez: ICD.
The last day was dedicated to further projects and plans within the frameworks of ICD. It was reflection day and pre-finish stage of Indicators subject discussion. But as far as participants understood it needs to be checked in real projects. 


Representatives of CoE.
YCSD suggested to be involved into 2 kinds of projects to finish check-stage of ICD Indicators -- to implement a non-formal education project (NFE) and formal education project (FE) during a further period -- till June 2012. And we'll get a result connected to Indicators and its necessity to be more itemized.

We hope for any kind of activity continuaition in this fieldwork because ICD is the important part of the world development.

Thanks for this opportunity CoE and EU: Russia should be involved into EuroMed for better understanding.




Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 2. Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Work group with a case-study presentation.
The 2nd day was dedicated to different aspects of ICD process and its evaluation through the proposed variety of ICD criteria and indicators. We had a long conversation finished by a new discussion of these indicators validity. 

INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE:
  1. ICD --> purpose.
  2. ICD in a youth activities: a) Youth in Action, b) Council of Europe.
  3. Education + Training and Activities (ICL)

CRITERIA:
  • specific,
  • valuable,
  • usable,
  • indicators? 
Nowadays CoE and EU commission in the frameworks of the wider Euro-Med region faced with a lot of problems connected to specific features of any region. 

'Three cultures together' project. Israel.
By our opinion, the base of worked out EU youth projects focuses only on the homogenous layer of issues -- Roma case, migration process, youth projects implementation in a common sense as a kind of youth work etc. The Euromed means a global region with different ethnic groups, connections, cultures, religions, ideals, political systems, authorities and possibilities. 

To check all proposed ICD indicators we must be ready to concuct a social and state inclusion of all countries belonging to the splaying region -- Euromed. So there is a necessity to shape all specific features of reality in all regions including Russian territory with a scope of ethnic contradictions and frozen or dynamic conflicts. At least, we advice for EU commission and CoE departments to feel hot it is -- to be a non-Russian body in a non-European intercultural space only with a T-kit and Guide devoted to a youth work in a hand. 

Unfortunately, today CoE produces a lot of papers and documents based only on internal processes with exlusion of the Caucasus and Turkish socio-political realities. Russia suffers from this exclusion too. That's why it seems CoE doesn't understand or doesnt' want to understand that the successful youth work means inclusion in all aspects of this workfield even regardless of official policy between different states. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 1. Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Rui Gomez speaks.
The 1 day has started from opening of the seminar, short introduction of participants (including the educational background and relatives with the seminar agenda) and (of course) from the personal expectations due work. 

Rui Gomez from Direcorate of Youth and Sport (Council of Europe) started the first session. He asked all participants to catch 3 words of intercultural dialogue (ICD) understanding. So our organization, Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy', took basic words -- mutual understanding and respect

Participants mentioned 'understanding', 'tolerance', 'respect'. As Rui has said, ICD means ICD. 

Rui asked a rhetorical question to the audience: 'What could we do together in the context of ICD? Do we actually achieve that we declare?'

Of course, it's so easy just to attend any meeting, mention the main subject and pronouce ICD, but in reality what can we do for improving our common (really common?) work in this field? 

Personally I liked Rui's frank conclusion: 'Nothing was given to foreigners for the last 50 years'. Due the ICD. That's why we might be able to discuss in a broader sense of the Euro-Med region including the Russian Federation. And we must highlite any specific indicators and factors attached to our regions -- it would be an indicator identification process.

ICD experts from all over the Euro-Med region. Mollina, Spain.
The joint point of view deals with not only focus on CoE, EU commission or Youth in Action program.

The secod aim of the current meeting dedicated to checking all factors for continuing this long-term project and further project devoted to this subject. For example, it was a very good proposal to invite partners for interaction and test for discussing some period of their work in the ICD field -- after 6 months or even 1 year. 

Each aim of such meetings must be more practical. It means that we should not follow just 1 logical system and be able to interact flexible in the ICD context -- not to follow just theoretical subject, or just implement projects without any research and its evaluation. 

There were also mentioned 2 areas of indicators:
  1. personal level (learning throug indicators as example);
  2. how ICD activities are organised.
Anyway, ICD is a process. Neverending, systematic but the whole process is connected with not only philosophical 'casual youth' things like meetings, training courses, hugs and e-mail exchanges, but with political level also. And its main point is how to participate in a political community and to develop ICD on this level exactly.

Intercultural learning (IL) leads to intercultural dialogue (ICD). It is strongly connected with society's understanding. It supposed to make understanding, indicators including, concept of ICD, all attituded and relations in the current fieldwork.

The main conclusion of the 1st day is better to be practice than theoretical. That's why we should answer how can my own organization contribute to ICD process. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Election Exchange 2011, Istanbul

Few months ago (3 June – 13 June 2011) YCSD took a part in the international program called “Election Exchange 2011” which was held in Istanbul, world cultural center of civilizations. We were invited as an independent your leaders from Russia to observe the election process in Istanbul.
According to the official information, “organized by Justice and Development Party Istanbul Youth Branch, Election Exchanges is an organization that gathers the youth from all over the world with the aim of telling the future leaders about present, politics and the future visions of Turkey and establish a network with them that will be aiming to last long.
Thanks to this organization, 81 youths coming from all over the world will be included to the election running in the districts of İstanbul and they will be observing how the elections are held and they will feel the atmosphere”.
For us it was very useful international experience because we were a real part of intercultural dialogue (more than 100 participants all over the world -- in fact!), intercultural understanding of election process in Turkish way conducting.
We’ve faced with different aspects of Turkish election exchange – with people, cultural traditions, imperial politics, authorities, diplomacy, Istanbul city districts, composed and hot-hearted behavior and of course with unique hospitality of Turks.
And we’ve participated in various workshops devoted to leadership development and political technologies using in a foreign political process.
Additional information you can find here (hurriyetdailynews)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education'

Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' is going to take a part (accepted by the Council of Europe) in Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-fomal Education' in Mollina, Spain (22-24 September 2011).

The project was meant to provide answers to the questions: 
  • What  makes  international  youth  activities  and  projects  'intercultural'  or supportive of intercultural dialogue?
  • Are there indicators that organizers and participants in such activities can use to evaluate the extent of intercultural learning in their activities?
  • Do  the  two questions above make sense  in  the same way  to  (all)  the partners involved in Euro-Mediterranean youth activities? 
From  the  outset,  the  Salto  network  (Salto  Diversity  and  Salto  Euro-Med)  have cooperated  in  the  project;  involvement  of  the  North-South  Centre  of  the  Council  of Europe,  of  the  Anna  Lindh  Foundation  for  the  Dialogue  between  Cultures  and  other international organisations was also envisaged.

The Euro-Mediterranean context is not the only relevant geographical scope of cooperation of the partnership between  the European Commission and  the Council of Europe  in  the  field of youth  for  this project, but  it  is possibly the most obvious and one of the most difficult as a result of the ambivalence of the relations between all side of the Mediterranean and the crystallisation of stereotyping and prejudice. 

But  the work on  indicators applies equally to cooperation with and between other regions such as  the Arab, African and American regions and within sub-regions. 

And with honour we'd like to inform you that YCSD (located and working in the Russian Federation) will be a valuable participant from non-Euromed side in this Seminar. It's our great achievement. 



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Кавказ -- наш общий дом


С 22 по 25 сентября в Ростове-на-Дону пройдет IV Международная научно-практическая конференция «Кавказ — наш общий дом». 
К участию в конференции приглашаются лидеры и активисты молодежных организаций области и Волгодонска, а также молодые ученые. 
Организатором выступает общественная организация «Донской союз молодежи» при содействии:
  • Министерства спорта, туризма и молодежной политики России,
  • Национального совета молодежных и детских объединений России,
  • Южнороссийского филиала института социологии РАН,
  • Института переподготовки и повышения квалификации Южного федерального университета.



В программе Конференции предусмотрено планерное заседание, круглые столы, работа секций и культурные мероприятия.

Youth Peace Ambassadors


We are pretty glad to let you know that Youth Club ‘Social Diplomacy’ is the participant of the long-term project of the Council of Europe called ‘Youth Peace Ambassadors’.

The Youth Peace Ambassadors project promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue.

Central to this project are the concepts of human rights, peace and “deep security”, understood as long-term and deep-rooted processes ensuring equality in dignity for all, fostering intercultural dialogue, and providing real access to and participation in the democratic process in Europe.

The Council of Europe’s youth sector has an outstanding tradition of supporting young people and youth non-governmental organisations as peace-builders and actors in conflict transformation and intercultural dialogue.

Through the Youth Peace Ambassadors project, the Council of Europe will support young people from different conflict-affected communities in and across Europe through a training programme that will develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes and involves residential trainings and e-learning as well community-rooted initiatives and projects carried by the participants.

In the framework of YPA project Youth Club ‘Social Diplomacy’ is going to be an active part of projects implementation within 2 big regions: the Black Sea and Caucasus Region and the Balkan Region.
The first direction is defined by belonging to the one geopolitical area and the second one is defined by common historical background and similarity of ongoing process (peace-building, civil society development, democracy institutions functioning).

You can find below some project plans expects to be implemented in the nearest time.

The Black Sea and Caucasus Region/cooperation establishment:

‘Youth perspective on The Black Sea and Caucasus Region” consists of 2 parts, which are independent activities and linked by research analysis made during the first seminar.

The first part includes 6 countries: Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Sweden as a neutral state. The project goal is to involve youth into civil activism and to promote dialog in the region in order to overcome nationalism and xenophobia, also to provide youth from the region with platform for cooperation and training in conflict prevention and peace building. We intend to include the research activity elements which will familiarize young people with approaches to writing geopolitical reports of different types.

The second part is expected to be the next step in cooperation development in the BIG Black Sea region including some additional stakeholders from the Europe and the Middle East. During this seminar our main aim to deepen the understanding of the ethnic interactions and religious issues within participating countries (Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sweden, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom) to promote tolerance, people-to-people contacts and exchange of local practices/realities.

The Balkan Region/cooperation establishment:

Ex-Yugoslavian and Ex-Soviet countries have the similar historical background affected on the current process in the states. We would like to explore the similar process with democracy establishment, territorial conflicts, interethnic\religious tension, civil society development and share experience and main ideas about the civil society role (especially youth) in the democratization using non-formal educational methods and social art tools.

The YCSD’s team wishes you all the best. Enjoy the last weeks of this summer and be ready for very active autumn)

Specially for Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' blog by Elena Zhirukhina.

Visual world of Human Rights


Youth Club ‘Social diplomacy’ (YCSD) had in 16 August 2011 the meeting with one of the most experienced Human Rights organization in the South of Russia – Youth Public Union ‘Generation ‘LEX’’ started its activity in 2003 as editorial office for youth juridical newspaper ‘Generation ‘LEX’’. From the very beginning it was the union of young jurists interested in promotion of mediation, juvenile technologies, probation service, government transparency. The jurisprudence is traditionally considered to be very conservative science. That’s why young experts have been attempting to create new interdisciplinary forms. During the real work ‘Generation ‘LEX’’ has communicated with psychologists, sociologists, officials, artists.

In the present time the team consists of many occupation representatives (the main staff – 15 people and more than 50 volunteers involved during the project implementation stage). So in the line with human rights promotion and protection they develop other trends in the Southern Federal District and the North-Caucasian Federal Districts, also in Moscow.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Intercultural Stimulation Course

After our long vacation days we back to Social Diplomacy and our work.

Firstly, we'd like to inform you about another opportunity devoted to intercultural space -- the European Intercultural Stimulation Course in Berlin.

Applicants can apply for grants to cover 100% of travel cost, accommodation and course fee.

Full information here.