A seminar on youth and citizenship is being held from 19 to 21 November in the Jordanian capital Amman, focused on the role and status of youth organisations, youth movements and engaged young people, as crucial actors in the development and consolidation of inclusive, participatory and pluralistic democracies. The seminar is organized by the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Commission in the framework of the EU-CoE youth-partnership, and by the Arab States Regional office of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
Bearing in mind the disparities between and within the European and Southern Mediterranean contexts, as well as the impact of local, regional and national politics on young people (and vice versa), and the development of their democratic citizenship, the seminar is examining the specificities and conditions of active democratic citizenship and youth participation in various environments in which young people live and act. These include communities, schools, universities, work places, civil society and the virtual space.
The event seeks to contribute to a better understanding of concrete models of participation and enhance the role of young people as actors of civil society.
Based on a meaningful dialogue between policy, practice and research, the seminar builds on the discussions and results of earlier events in Malta and Tunis, and the preceding workshop on youth and social media in Hammamet in July. It takes into account the work of UNFPA in the area of civic participation in the Arab states, as well as the results of recent studies on youth participation by the EU and the Council of Europe. Proposals for concrete projects will be developed by participants.
In addition, the meeting will discuss youth participation and engagement in the context of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014 and the post-2015 development agenda. Governments, UN bodies, civil society organisations and youth-led organisations have called for a strategic and bottom-up process in ensuring that young people’s voices and actions are included in the elaboration of a post-2015 development agenda.
Source: EU Neighbourhood Info
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