WARSAW, 10 September 2018 – The need to address today’s security challenges means the defence and promotion of human rights are more important than ever, speakers said today at the opening of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw.
In a direct reference to the three special themes of the conference, they said that the fact that times are difficult cannot be used to justify infringements on fundamental freedoms, nor to provide an excuse for racism, intolerance and discrimination. Instead, a human rights focus is more important than ever to ensure effective policies and solutions.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
“The road to peace starts with believing in those who reach out to help. It is considering violence as a weakness and forgiveness as being better than revenge.” With this statement, UNDP consultant Mr. Fadi Abi Allam opened a three-day training session with youth from Qara’oun, West Bekaa.
Today, more than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by fragility and conflict — a majority of which is under the age of 30.
These numbers alone justify the inclusion and consideration of youths in policymaking and planning. But in practice, the meaningful participation of young people in peace building has been hindered by discourses that overwhelmingly depict youths as victims or villains.
The Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans (ReLOaD) is financed by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). ReLOaD builds on the good practices of the Reinforcement of Local Democracy (LOD) project, another initiative financed by EU, which also represents the replication model in Western Balkans.
Summer school of Peace is a longlasting project of Youth for Peace organization, in partnership with Caritas Italiana, Caritas Vittorio Veneto and Caritas Banjaluka.
Summer school is a 10 days long gatherning od young people aged 18-25 coming from Veneto region (Italy) and young people coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The school represents a mixture of educational contents, voluntary actions and educative-touristic visits to the places and cities of Banjaluka region, as well as to capital of BiH, Sarajevo.
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The OSCE works to prevent conflicts from arising and to facilitate lasting comprehensive political settlements of existing conflicts. It also promotes peacebuilding and post-conflict rehabilitation. To that end, it works with all relevant actors, including partnering international and regional organizations, such as the United Nations. The OSCE is a key instrument for early warning, conflict prevention and resolution, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation, also called the “conflict cycle.”
The Organization’s main tools to address this cycle include its network of field operations and the Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC). The CPC acts, for example, as an OSCE-wide early warning focal point, facilitates dialogue, supports mediation and other conflict prevention and resolution efforts.
Belgrade: Meeting with representatives of business sector.
Small and medium-sized firms from the Western Balkan region are involved in stability and cooperation with the civil sector.
The European Commission and the British Council announce the forthcoming opening of the Call for applications to the EU-funded “EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans – Round III (YPS 2018)”, the action implementing two training programmes at EU academic institutions and a regional exchange component for early career civil servants from the six countries of the Western Balkans (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Serbia and Albania).
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