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OPENS delegation at World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh

These days, Egyptian Sharm El Sheikh is a central place when it comes to the youth topics. Namely, the World Youth Forum, during which numerous diplomatic discussions, seminars and workshops are traditionally held, attended by young people from the whole world, with the accompanying social, science and cultural events, is held from 3 to 6 November this year.

Vukašin Grozdanović, OPENS Coordinator leads Ognjen Cvjetićanin, the member of the City Council for Sport and Youth, before the delegation of Novi Sad. Namely, OPENS participated in the “Empowering Young Leaders” discussion, whose goal was to present the examples of good practice of including young people in decision-making processes.

“We presented the experiences, the whole process, what we plan to do, what are our activities next year, what we have done so far and what the whole process looked like, how it included young people. We were mostly talking about how our ide of including young people in decision-making processes resulted in us becoming European Youth Capital”, Vukašin Grozdanović, OPENS Coordinator explains.

Global challenges impose the need for full cooperation of the whole mankind. Islamophobia, antisemitism, racism and attempts of the revival of the history of the 20th century, very much present in certain parts of the world, can be fought only by the cooperation of the youth, thus this gathering is so important, and World Youth Forum proofs that decision-makers believe that today’s young generations are most educated, digitally literate, that they understand differences and that they deserve the chance to use their potential to general good – that was the message of the gathering.

“One of our tasks was to send inspirational messages to young people and to show them how to include themselves in the process of decision-making. What was interesting was that after my speech, the President of Egypt himself, as one of the messages from the summit, proposed the initiation of the process of establishment of African Youth Capital, based on what he had heard from us”, Grozdanović adds.

World Youth Forum gathered a large number of officials from around the world, as well as youth delegates. The summit is participated by 3,500 young people from around 160 countries, and the forum is held as an interactive dialogue between state officials and youth delegates, with the idea od sending global message of peace, unity, prosperity and development.

Find more about this summit HERE.

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