"Think Youth" news

"Think Youth" is the new monthly stakeholder newsletter of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. Below is a digest of some current projects and events within the youth sector.

New programme

On 17 January 2012, the Council of Europe and the EU signed a € 4.8 million joint programme to strengthen democratic reform in the Southern Mediterranean countries. The programme will aim to promote human rights and democratic values, working through government officials, future leaders, youth and civil society. The details are now negotiated with the governments concerned (primarily Morocco and Tunisia in the first phase).

Save the date:
- statutory bodies of the youth sector (CDEJ, CCJ and CMJ) will meet in Budapest on 28-30 March, 2012
- this year's "Summer University" for CDEJ and CCJ members will take place at the end of August and the beginning of September in Georgia
- the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth will be held in St Petersburg on 23-25 September 2012

Danish Presidency

On 1 January 2012, Denmark took over the Presidency of the EU. A Youth Conference will be organised in Denmark on 18 – 21 March 2012, looking at how to foster young people’s creativity, innovative capabilities and talents as means of increasing their active participation in society and their transition to employment. In her priorities speech addressed to the European Parliament on 18 January, the Danish Prime Minister said, “What our youth demand of us is only fair: access to the same education and job opportunities that previous generations have enjoyed. A chance to contribute to their societies and to build a secure future.”

The theme “Youth taking action against hate speech in cyberspace”, proposed by the Council of Europe, was taken up for a training session during the EuroDIG meeting held in Stockholm on 18-19 January 2012

"Gender matters", the CoE's manual on addressing gender-based violence affecting young people, has now been published in Russian and Spanish.