The Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, is continuing with activities within the Mlada Evropa initiative. After the International Youth Conference held in Sarajevo from June 26 to July 4, 2014, the first of the three planned regional conferences will be held in Mostar, November 7, 2014. The remaining two conferences will be held in Banja Luka and Tuzla.  


The goal of the regional conference is to provide a meeting point for Youth Officers, youth leaders, youth council representatives from FBiH and Republika Srpska, as well as representatives of the government sector who will speak about the position of youth and ways of improving it. 


The conference will consist of two parts. During the first part, Cultural Attachee of the German Embassy, Mr Jens Wagner and representatives of the government sector engaged in youth issues in BiH will address the participants. After introductory and welcome speeches, the participants will attend workshops on the topics of “Overcoming Ethnic Divisions”, “International connectedness” and “Active Citizenship”.


During the second part of the conference, a SWOT analysis will be performed regarding the position of youth in BiH, and the goal of this workshop is to analyse the strengths, weaknesses as well as opportunities and threats faced by youth in BiH.


After the final regional conference, the conclusions from all the conferences will be consolidated into one document which will show the position of youth in BiH and offer solutions for youth issues. 


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Today is the International Day of Peace, celebrated every September 12. The United Nations declared this day the Day of Peace in 1981, and dedicated it to strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. The first Day of Peace was celebrated in September of 1982. The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is “Right Of Peoples to Peace”.


The UN recognized that promoting peace is key for a thorough implementation of human rights, because without peacebuilding human rights are vulnerable to violations around the world. Pursuant to the Youth Law of the Federation of BiH, youth are obligated to “respect and advocate the values of peace and tolerance in communication with all people, not discriminate on any grounds, and act with particular solidarity care towards youth and senior citizens, persons with special needs, national minorities, marginalized groups and individuals, constituent peoples and all others who represent minorities in the local communities they live and work in, and towards other persons in need of solidarity and understanding from their fellow citizens.“ The Law on Youth Organising of Republika Srpska stipulates that “youth organizing in Republika Srpska is based on respecting basic human rights and liberties, as well as original principles of democracy founded on the Constitution of BiH, the Constitution of Republika Srpska and international conventions pertaining to the youth work sector.“ Therefore, both youth-youth related laws stipulate that youth have an obligation to respect those different from them, with the aim of promoting tolerance and peace in the country and the world.


Dear youth, do not forget that peacekeeping is your obligation as well, and peace is your right too. Happy International Day of Peace.


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The Institute for Youth Development KULT, in cooperation with the German Embassy in BiH, is organizing a concert on July 2, 2014, at 20:30 p.m. in Kriterion, for the 120 participants of the International Youth Conference in Sarajevo, as well as for other guests and youth interested in joining us. We would like to invite all young people from Sarajevo and BiH who are interested in attending tonight’s concert to join us at Obala Kulina bana 2, in Sarajevo. If you would like to attend, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 033 778 778.


The concert is being held as part of the International Youth Conference, attended by youth from 21 countries. The goal of the conference is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, and promote peace and intercultural dialogue.


During the conference, youth learned about Sarajevo, the symbol of the beginning of World War I, and had the opportunity to visit other parts of BiH as well. The participants took part in activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, and have been included in different teams such as the declarative team, team for writing articles for a magazine for experts on peace activities, etc.



 

The International Youth Conference organised as part of the “Mlada Evropa” initiative was concluded on Thursday, with a formal press conference at the hotel Hollywood, with presentations of results and demands of 110 young activists, who exchanged opinions and experiences, their attitudes, concerns and dreams.


As part of the 8-day conference, activists from over 20 European countries visited Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Višegrad, Srebrenica, Mostar, Blagaj, Me?ugorje and Tuzla.


Jasmin Beši?, Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, took the opportunity to point out that conferences such as this one should foster genuine values in youth and emphasise unity and not differences, which, unfortunately, is not the case in all the countries in the region or the world. Beši? particularly emphasised the fact that the Conference was the first instance of cooperation between the Institute and the Franco-German Youth Office, stating that he hopes the Institute will continue cooperating with previous and new partners on projects as successful as the Conference, which send a message of peace and fostering values in youth from across the globe.


A hundred years after the beginning of WWI, we ask ourselves if we have learned the lesson about the consequences left by wars, especially on young people.


“By bringing 110 young people from 21 countries to Bosnia and Herzegovina, we want to show that youth do not care for borders, and that they want to live in peace. Unfortunately, the number of young people joining nationalist movements is increasing. That is why youth must work on preventing such movements from gaining more ground. We also have to put an end to the trend of using modern technologies for spreading hatred, and encourage the opposite. We must raise our voices against politics touting wars as supposed solutions to problems, and using them as an excuse.” stated Beši?.


The Cultural Attaché of the German Embassy in BiH, Jens Wagner, said that young Europeans discussed numerous topics, such as the crisis in Ukraine, EU enlargement, strengthening of the international exchange in the areas of culture and education, and expressed concern over the rise of nationalism and xenophobia in particular countries.


“The young activists ended the conference with conclusions on issues which they consider to be crucial for European citizens at this particular time. They emphasised the need for establishing a European youth association, demanded a firmer policy for fighting nationalism and xenophobia, better education and more student exchange options” said Wagner.


He added that the organisers would also like to hold similar conferences in Tuzla, Banja Luka and Mostar this year, and mentioned an exchange programme for high school students in BiH and EU member states.  


“We have already arranged for 550 high school students to visit EU member state, while the same number of students visit BiH, in order to get to know different cultures and educational systems,” Wagner explained.


Project Coordinator at the Institute for Youth Development KULT, Nejra Neimarlija, stated that the conference united youth from the region, as well as those from the EU and the US. 


“During the “Mlada Evropa” Conference youth promoted peace, peaceful coexistence, trust and socialisation which became a strong connection of international trust. They were all focused on one goal – worldwide open dialogue of youth. It was important for us that the International Youth Conference, as part of the “Mlada Evropa” initiative was held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, because our country historically represents a microcosm of Europe, because of all the differences which enrich us and represent the true image of united Europe”, Neimarlija emphasised.


The conference was organised by the German Embassy in BiH, the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Franco-German Youth Office, with the financial support of the European Union. 


 

The Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the German Embassy in BiH is organizing a youth conference in Sarajevo, expected to be attended by 100 young people from Europe and the world. The Conference will be held from June 26 to July 3, 2014.


The Conference will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, in the city which was in the centre of attention of the entire world, 100 years ago. The goal of the Conference and the “Mlada Europa” initiative, is the promotion of peace, intercultural dialogue, trust and reconciliation among different peoples and nations.


During the eight-day Conference, youth will have the opportunity to participate in activities commemorating the beginning of WWI and to familiarise themselves with important historical sites in BiH. The participants will also take part in different teams in which they will be able to write articles for the Institute’s magazine about youth work, as well as taking part in the declaration team and other teams.


We believe that young activists will take from the conference a valuable experience of international cooperation, and that when they  leave BiH and Sarajevo they will take with them with the lesson humanity has learned over the past 100 years, from 1914 to 2014 – there is no alternative to peace. 



 

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