The 2nd OSCE/ODIHR Youth Leadership Forum 2014 (Poland)
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will be organizing a two-day Youth Leadership Forum on 13-14 November 2014 in Warsaw (Poland). The Youth Leadership Forum will bring together youth leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to discuss challenges to youth political participation in the 21st century and ways to overcome these.
The Youth Leadership Forum will involve three categories of young leaders – representing leaders from the most informal structures to the most formal ones:
- Voice: This relates to informal forms of political participation and focuses on online activism. Ideal candidates include representatives of social media groups and bloggers.
- 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.
- 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.
The Youth Leadership Forum will explore ways of bringing different forms of political participation closer to each other thus including youth in democratic policy work. Participants will be offered an opportunity to discuss good practices and challenges in youth political participation in the OSCE region.
- Young leaders aged 20 to 35;
- Minimum 2 years of experience and proven track record of involvement and engagement within the community (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student’s unions, local and national political parties, online democracy and human rights associations, political parties and NGOs);
- Russian or English language competency;
- Availability to actively and regularly participate in online discussion leading up to the Youth Leadership Forum as well as participate at the actual Youth Leadership Forum.