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Session on Integration of Minorities and Social Cohesion

Session on Integration of Minorities and Social Cohesion


The Dialogue Café Novi Pazar was funded as result of the UN project “Improving Human Security for Vulnerable Communities in southwest Serbia”. A programme of sessions have been led by Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar since its official opening on different issues of interest such as : interethnic and interreligious trust, minority rights, non-discrimination and gender equality, the integration of minorities and community cohesion, innovative textile production and green societies, with the aim of promoting exchange of good practices with other EU countries.

In this framework, DC Novi Pazar will also lead the organisation of a session on: “Youth participation in decision making processes – towards more accepting, open societies” (22 June from 14h00 to 15h30 London time). 

Participation is a fundamental right. It is one of the guiding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that has been reiterated in many other Conventions and Declarations. Through active participation, young people are empowered to play a vital role in their own development as well as in that of their communities. The significance of participation was emphasized in the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995.

The programme will take place as follows:

Moderator: Mr. Stefan Kond​ic, President of the​ UN Association of Serbia Youth Section, DC Novi Pazar Team

– DC Novi Pazar:

  • Ms Aleksandra KnezevicMinistry of Youth and Sport, Republic of Serbia
  • Mr Jasmin Mujezinovic – Representative of the Office for Youth, Novi Pazar
  • Mr Almir Rizvanovic – Representative of the youth organization MSO from Novi Pazar

– DC Lisbon:

Other participants will join us from Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro.

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Bapate Ntikinca said:

Good day

I am interested in and would like to participate in the Dialogue Cafe: Youth participation in decision making processes blog. Please give my application your utmost consideration


Bapate Ntikinca

June 18, 2015

daliasendra said:

Dear Bapate,
Thank you very much for your interest in participating in our session on youth participation in decision making processes. The session will connect several Dialogue Cafes, so let us know in which DC you will attend and we´ll be ready to welcome you!.
Thank you

June 18, 2015

Yourkey Alber said:

Dear Sir/ Madam

I am master in management student, and I would like to attend the discussion and participate in the discussion about decision making associated with organization and country culture.

Best regards
Yourkey Alber

June 19, 2015

Admir Veljovic said:

i don’t know on which basis you choose people, but it would be interesting to find how they manage to participate in Novi Pazar, where there is no visible will to form Council for youth, which is frame established in Law for youth. Also one organisations participating from same town advocating with name “thoughts of Sanjak youth” representing only muslim part of youngsters which is quite discriminating knowing that Sandjak territory is not Bosniak or muslim problem which can be consider as nationalistic point of view. Also, their slogan is “healthy individuals build healthy nation” which is on the thin line with fascism . Beside that, i know that representative of Ministry will explain that question remain : What role National council of youth (national body that represent core of participation in defining policy) in term of defining,evaluating policy is doing and through which mechanism, and what is their major decisions ? Is youth office on local level ready to define local mechanisms for same thing and why not? Why young ngo’s doesn’t manage to reach youngsters with their continual service/program but they stay on short term activities for several years, after which their claim their representative capacity in dealing with problems? If we don’t talk about frames in system which creates ambient from participation we are missing the point and conversation fails .

Admir Veljovic
Prijepolje, Serbia

June 22, 2015

daliasendra said:

Welcome Yourkey, I´m sure you will make a good contribution to the discussion. Thank you.DC

June 22, 2015

daliasendra said:

Dear Admir,
As mentioned you by email, Dialogue Cafe activities are open to everyone who wants to participate in our debates and exchanges. We expected to see you in the session.
We appreciated your feedback and during the session we talked about the issues you mentioned in your post. We shared challenges and experiences between portuguese and serbian participants. We realised that to reach youngsters is a common challenge we face in different countries around the world as Portugal, Brazil and Serbia.
We talked about the importance of working together in the whole process (defining, implementing and evaluating policy and strategy) at the quadrilogue level (governments, local authorities, parliaments and civil society). With this regard, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe presented their working methods and experiences in the network of universities they coordinate.
We identified key issues and recommendations like to Empower Youth, Share Good Practices, Work in Partnership, Identify Needs, Work at the Quadrilogue Level, among many others. The report of the session will be presented very soon.
Keep following us, you are most welcome in future activities!
Thank you for your feedback!

June 24, 2015

Admir Veljovic said:

we are not empowered for so many years by various education to admit that we still having challenge of outreach and recognizing importance of working together, I can’t question more if we are having instead dialogue just confirmation of our attitudes,habits,efforts that status quo is something beyond our potential ? If that is key issues than this was waste of resources of UNDP, I regret to say.

In Serbia, local youth offices and local youth organisations are dealing with youngsters from the coordinators phone book . National and municipal councils for youth, aiming to develop strategic policies are dealing with NO data inputs how policy is delivered and based on planning it’s just copying reality to future plans which is then no plans, but falsificated future.

Is there any local youth fund where unknown young but motivated persons decide about municipal budget resources in decision making process for youth projects ?

There is, in 9 municipalities in partnership with Divac Foundation. It’s not forced participation.

Why we don’t talk about measurement of local youth policies? Why Novi Pazar high school and university parliament are not in Council of youth in order to determine future through defining and measuring policy and programs results in order to increase outreach ?

Dialogue is useless if there is just fact delivered from organisations websites from their representatives or if we stuck in generalization which is one step to populism that is maintaining mine country in past centuries .

June 24, 2015

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