Following the Youth NGO Panel “What are the roles of youth NGOs in promoting youth participation, and individual and organised citizenship?” (see post ‘Empowering Youth’) an intensive, interesting and very practical discussion arose.  While discussing the importance of youth organisations, the quote of the day dropped:

“participation changed my life!” (Barbara Irvine, IAA)


11.12.2006 12:19   Haubner: Internationale Konferenz ICNYP in Wien

Wien 2006-12-11 (NSO) – Auf der vom 11. bis 14. Dezember 2006 in Wien stattfindenden internationalen Konferenz des International Councils on National Youth Policy (ICNYP) in Kooperation mit dem Bundesministerium für soziale Sicherheit, Generationen und Konsumentenschutz befassen sich Jugendliche, JugendpolitikerInnen und ForscherInnen aus insgesamt 40 Nationen mit Strategien zur Verbesserung der Mitbeteiligungschancen junger Menschen.*****

“Ich begrüße die Zusammenarbeit zwischen dem International Council on National Youth Policy und dem Jugendministerium. Ziel muss es sein, junge Menschen und die Politik im umfassenden Sinn zu beteiligen, miteinander zu arbeiten und die Zukunft zu gestalten. Unabhängig von den national und kulturell bedingten unterschiedlichen Herausforderungen und Wertvorstellungen gilt es, gemeinsam qualitätsgesicherte Konzepte zur Mitbestimmung und Einbeziehung der Jugendlichen in das demokratische System zu entwickeln”, so Jugendministerin Ursula Haubner.

Wie der “World Youth Report 2005” der UNO feststellt, wurde in der letzten Dekade zunehmend die Bedeutung von Jugendbeteiligung in Entscheidungsprozessen erkannt. “Mit der Konferenz wollen wir wichtige fachliche Impulse setzen und den Reichtum an Erfahrungen und Wissen aus 40 Ländern teilen”, betont Haubner und weiter: “Durch eine bessere weltweite Vernetzung, den Austausch von best-practice-Modellen und durch eine Stärkung unserer Kooperation mit der Wissenschaft können wir die aktive Einbindung der Jugend in die demokratischen Systeme auf hohem Niveau weiterentwickeln und dadurch mehr Verbindlichkeit und mehr Verständnis für die Anliegen junger Menschen erreichen”, sagt Jugendministerin Haubner abschließend.

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The ICNYP-Worldmap

December 11, 2006

We are proud of the internationality of ICNYP 2006. So proud, that we visualized the participating countries on a worldmap. Enjoy!

For a given reason, I may invite all honourable readers to provide us with their perception of “participation”. Resulting from the provocative statement given by Stefan Becsky, Coordinator of the Editorial Board of Forum 21 – Europan Journal on Youth Policy, at the end of today’s afternoon panel, a controversial discussion among the editorial staff of this blog about “What is successful participation?” and “How can one measure success in this respect?” emerged. F.e.: If many young people go to the polls, is this an indicator for a vital youth participation?

Since you are all experts in this field, let us ask YOU to share your knowledge with us. Did we get it correctly, that there is no agreement over this question among the prticipants as well?

The  IGO-panel in Quote

“Nobody is born as a democrat. Becoming a democrat needs education and training.”

This quote by Eugenio RAVINET concludes the youth-IGO (Intergovernmental Organization) curtly. The really international podium (Ibero-America, Korea, Qatar, Baltic and Austria) contrasted and completed the insight the audience gained through the NGO-panel.

The multilayer contributions reflected the different perspectives and aims of the attending panellists Stefan BECSKY, Eugenio RAVINET, Sun-Jae LEE, Khalid AL-MULLA, Vilis BREVERIS and Maria WOLF. (The panel was not quite gender-equal…)

Mr. LEE apologized sarcastically for interrupting the audiences’ afternoon nap and broke the ice by teaching some words in Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Mr. BRUVERIS remarked that “youth is a resource that has expertise in being young”.

The power point presentations of the afternoon panel will be in the blog as soon as we get hold of it.

Stay tuned


Mr. Willibald BAHR (middle; left Mr. Khalid AL-MULLA, Qatar; right Mr. Daniel GERER, JEF), former Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Austria, surprisingly honored us with his presence. This is another obvious indicator of the quality of ICNYP 2006, as well as the importance of youth policy.^

(right; left Mr. Mohamed KUTI, Kenyan Minister for Youth Affairs)

Empowering Youth

December 11, 2006

Reflections on the youth-NGO panel

Today’s panels dealt with the topic of how to promote youth participation and individual and organized citizenship. On the morning panel podium, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) had the possibility to explain their organizations´ aims and point of view. The podium was international and, surprisingly, female-dominated. Barbara IRVING, Jennifer DOWLING and Kaburo KOBIA shared it with Aturo ROMBOLI, the only male participant. As to speaking time, he almost outbalanced the women.

One of the keywords of the panel, stressed by all participants, was “empowering” youth. This term can be filled with several meanings such as providing information or enforce endeavours to non-formal education. Non-formal education is, according to Kaburo KOBIA, the most puissant way to empower young people. NGOs all over the world supply various possibilities for young people to gain self belief and responsibility, to broaden their horizons and to share ideas.