April 14, 2014



16 June 2014 (All day) - 17 June 2014 (All day)



Organized by

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is organizing a two-day Youth Forum on 16-17 June 2014 in Warsaw. The Youth Forum will bring together 35 youth leaders, age between 25-35, from South-East Europe as well as Central and Western Europe, Canada and the USA to discuss challenges to youth political participation in the 21st century and ways to overcome these. The final outcome of the Youth Forum will be a number of recommendations on how the OSCE and its institutions can better assist participating States to meet their commitments and obligations on the inclusion of youth in democratic processes.

The Youth Forum will involve three categories of young leaders – representing the following categories:

  1. Voice: This relates to informal forms of political participation and focuses on online activism. Ideal candidates include representatives of social media groups and bloggers.
  2. Influence: This relates to semi-formal forms of political participation and focuses on civil society organizations active in advocating and lobbying for changes to policies. We are looking for leaders who want to influence politics but do not want to do so through formal structures.
  3. Governance: This relates to formal mechanisms of political participation such as political parties and governance institutions. Ideal candidates are leaders such as young politicians and members of parliaments, government representatives, city councilors, policy and political advisors.

Accommodation and travel costs for the event will be covered by the OSCE/ODIHR.

Please apply by submitting your offline application and recent Curriculum Vitae. OSCE/ODIHR will be selecting the participants.

Submit your application no later than 12 May 2014 to youth@odihr.pl 

For more information about the OSCE/ODIHR Youth Forum and the selection procedure, please click here.


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