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The Youth Cooperation Programme aims at increasing youth participation and international cooperation in the youth sector to build more peaceful societies and more inclusive decision-making processes.

 

 

The activities promoted fall under three complementary dimensions: youth empowerment, networking and confidence building.

The youth empowerment schemes target youth workers and youth-multipliers improving their capacity to identify and address challenges related to human rights, global citizenship, democratic participation, peace, development and intercultural dialogue.

The networking activities provide spaces and opportunities for youth-led organisations and youth-related institutions to meet, debate, share good practices and cooperate, fostering partnership and joint actions to advance the global youth agenda.

The confidence building initiatives facilitate a structured dialogue between youth leaders and institutional representatives, creating a common ground on youth policies based on an increased awareness about each other's roles, challenges and priorities.

The Council of Europe human-rights approach is at the center of all initiatives promoted, while the non-formal education methodology is greatly used, following a peer-to-peer and participants-centred approach.

The projects and the activities are developed in close cooperation with various youth stakeholders (international organisations, youth networks, youth-serving institutions, national youth institutes, national youth councils… ) with the objective of enhancing multilevel governance structures based on more coordinated and inclusive processes.
In this sense, the North South Centre acts as facilitator providing a common framework of cooperation and interaction, privileging the interregional dimension.

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