September 14, 2006

EVENTS: "All different - All equal" - European Youth Event for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation in St Petersburg

Subject: "All different - All equal" - European Youth Event for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation in St Petersburg

"All different - All equal" - European Youth Event for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation in St Petersburg

Strasbourg, 13.09.2006 - 400 representatives of youth organisations from all over Europe will be gathered together in St Petersburg from 21 to 25 September to assess the role played by young people in building a Europe without dividing lines, to foster dialogue of cultures and religions through non-formal youth education, to discuss their participation in decision-making process and to pool experience regarding the protection of human rights and young people's rights and overcoming discrimination.

Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Andrei Svinarenko, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Head of the European Commission's Youth Unit Pierre Mairesse, Governor of St Petersburg Valentina Matvienko and other public figures will give speeches welcoming the young people to the Forum from 10 a.m. on Friday 22 September.

The European Youth Forum is being held in connection with the Council of Europe's "All different - All equal" Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation. It is also part of the programme of the Russian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers (May - November 2006).

"All different - All equal" is a political campaign run by young people in the 49 countries covered by the Council's Cultural Convention. The aim is to mobilise young people behind a message - that all people, everywhere, have the right to be themselves and to be treated with fairness and justice.

All events during the Forum, which is being held at the Tavrichesky Palace in St Petersburg, are open to the press. Journalists wishing to obtain accreditation have until 21 September to apply to Oxana Dyshkant, tel.: +7 495.624.36.95.

Additional information on the European Youth Forum and the "All different - all equal" campaign can be found on the campaign web-site .. 

Galina Kupriyanova, Council of Europe, Directorate of Youth and Sport
Tel.: +, 
Oxana Sutyagina, Council of Europe, Press Division
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