7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth
23-24 September 2005 - Budapest, Hungary
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“Human dignity and social cohesion: youth policy responses to violence” was the theme of a ministerial conference, where Youth Ministers in the countries party to the Council of Europe's Cultural Convention met to agree on practical measures to prevent day-to-day violence.

Kinga Göncz, Hungarian Minister for Youth, the Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, gave the welcoming address and Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis opened the discussions on Friday 23 September at 9.30 am.

The Ministers were due to take stock of youth policies in the field of violence prevention, exchange examples of best practices, decide on joint prevention action (relating to violence in the home, in cities, at school, at sporting events, racist or homophobic violence and violence in the media) and encourage closer partnerships between youth ministries and civil society.

10th anniversary of European Youth Centre: Terry Davis pays tribute to work accomplished
[23/09/05 19:30:00] The creation of a European Youth Centre (EYC) in Budapest in one of the new member States of central and eastern Europe ''symbolises the ideal of unity across the European continent'', which would ''transform political goodwill into reality'', said the Secretary General on the occasion of the reception to celebrate the EYC 10th anniversary. ''This Centre is a school for democracy and human rights and also offers opportunities for contact and co-operation'', he added.

Terry Davis: ''Violence is one of the most common and widespread violations of human rights and dignity''

Welcome address by Kinga Göncz, Minister for Youth, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Hungary Kinga Göncz

The three working sessions were introduced by:
Hibat Tabib (France) speaking about urban violence and violence at school,
Vesna Leskosek (Slovenia) focusing on racist speech and intercultural dialogue
Gavan Titley (Ireland) looking at youth participation in violence prevention in Europe

  final declaration
Youth Ministers adopt final declaration on prevention of everyday violence (more...)
final declaration
Friday 23: Hotel Intercontinental, Apáczai Csere J. u. 12-14
Saturday 24: Hungarian Parliament
Pratical information
  reference site
Council of Europe Youth site
Hungarian Youth Ministry website
  street festival
Some 7000-8000 visitors participated in the "Europe - Youth - Human Rights" Street Festival and in the European Youth Centre Open Day on 24th September in Budapest. (more)