The Network The Network

The Network on Youth and Global Citizenship is a partnership facilitated and coordinated by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe that gathers youth-led organizations, youth platforms, governmental and intergovernmental institutions from Europe, the Southern Mediterranean and beyond.

The Network was set up in 2011 as an informal platform aiming at promoting dialogue and cooperation between youth and relevant institutions on youth policies related issues at regional, multilateral and global level.

A common agenda

The Network advocates for youth participation and encourage their meaningful inclusion in decision and policy-making processes. The organisations part of the network joined their effort for the definition of a common agenda and the implementation of activities aiming to:

foster democratic participation and global citizenship among young people;

uphold the universal principles, values and standards of the Council of Europe;

implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Network also provides space for youth empowerment, offers non-formal education capacity building activities and endorses policies, mechanisms and tools for youth development, in order to increase the recognition of youth as agents for positive change.

The Universities The Universities

Every year the Network promotes international youth events called “Universities” where different youth-led and youth-oriented organisations have the possibility to run their own activities within a multilateral cooperation context, which encourages networking, peer-to-peer education, design of common advocacy strategies and sharing of knowledge and opportunities.

Each University is an international hub for meeting, training and action planning, gathering for one week hundreds of young people, youth workers, experts from the field and decision makers responsible for youth-related policies.

The Universities are spaces to explore the concept of global education and global citizenship, to encourage dialogue between decision makers and young people, to advocate for youth participation and to empower young people towards their rights and duties.

The synergies and the common framework which the Universities provide, bring different dimensions of the issues affecting the youth globally into the daily work of grassroots organisations and contribute in building the confidence between young people and all actors of the quadrilogue.

In 2019, the Network promotes the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship  (MedUni) and  the University on Youth and Development (UYD).

The North-South Centre opens regularly “calls for activities” to gather proposals from organisations wishing to take part at the universities.

Annual themes Annual themes

Umbrella theme 2018-2020: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: “peace, justice and strong institutions

For the period 2018-2020 the Network agreed on a three-year cycle under the umbrella theme of “the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions”. The umbrella theme is the overarching topic of the Network for the cycle 2018-2020 and represents the thread that connects all the activities, advocacy efforts and awareness raising initiatives taking place in the framework of the universities, ensuring coherence and greater impact in the medium term.

Every year, the umbrella theme is broken down into specific annual focuses with the aim to unfold different but complementary elements. The annual focus represents the priority of the universities happening in the same year.
The Joint programme of the Universities explores and develops the annual focus, connecting all the activities implemented in the framework of the same university and inspiring the reflection of all the participants involved in them.

Annual focuses:

2018: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies.

2019: Youth and justice.

2020: Build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.


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