Youth Standing Up for Human Rights to open a New Dialogue Café in Novi Sad| 0 Reply

Novi Sad Human Rights


Within the framework of a cooperation agreement established between United Nations Associations of Serbia and the Dialogue Café Association, the opening of new Dialogue Cafe in Novi Sad is planned for December 12, next to two Dialogue Cafes in Serbia that are already operational, one in Belgrade and one in Novi Pazar. Thanks to this amazing partnership, the Dialogue Cafe network will be strengthen as a whole, but at the same time its branch in Serbia will be stronger.

Dialogue Café is based on the radical, but simple idea that people have many things in common, and given the opportunity, they will explore their common interests, new collaborations and stimulating ideas that address the major issues of today. This kind of conversations and collaborations can lead to new ways of thinking and doing: they can empower individuals and communities, break down prejudice and misconceptions, and promote greater understanding and co-operation across cultures.

Dialogue Cafe in Novi Sad will be organized by the United Nations Associations of Serbia with the support of Novi Sad 2019 European Youth Capital and Youth Office Novi Sad. The Official Opening of Dialogue Cafe Novi Sad will take place on December 12, 2019, from 15h to 17h (London time). The official opening will followed by a session focused on Human Rights and Youth with the aim of celebrating the International Human Rights Day.


Dialogue Café Novi Sad (Serbia): 

  • Mr. Milorad Kondic, President of the UN Association of Serbia
  • HE Françoise Jacob, UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia
  • Mr. Vlastimir Mastilović, Head of the City Management for Sports and Youth, City of Novi Sad
  • Mr. Vukasin Grozdanović, Coordinator of the Novi Sad – European Youth Capital 2019.

Dialogue Café Belgrade (Serbia)

  • Ms. Katarina Velkov, Serbian UN Youth Delegate 2019-2020

Dialogue Café Évora (Portugal)

  • Mr. Henrique Sim Sim, Adviser to the Secretary General of the EugĂ©nio de Almeida Foundation
  • Ms. Margarida Oliveira, Dialogue CafĂ© Évora manager

Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia (Cape Verde)

  • Ms. Indira Pires, Executive Director of the Pedro Pires Institute for Leadership
  • Ms. Djalita Fialho, Member of the Board of the Pedro Pires Institute for Leadership

Dialogue Café Novi Pazar (Serbia)

  • Ms. Farima Durovic, Director of Centar Duga

Dialogue Café Lisbon (Portugal): 

Session on International Human Rights Day on the topic “Youth and Human Rights” (From 15h45 to 17h00 London time)

Human Rights Day[1] is on December 10 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2019 Topic: Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.

Under general call to action “Stand Up for Human rights,” we aim to celebrate the potential of youth as agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage global audience in the promotion and protection of rights.
This Human Rights Day, we highlight the role of young people and their participation in social movements in order to stand up for human rights and bring change[2].

Never too young to change the world

  • Youth participation is essential in order to achieve sustainable development for all
  • Youth can play a crucial role in positive change
  • Empowering youth to know better their rights and claim them will bring benefits on global level


  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day
  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values
  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace
  • Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all
  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.


Dialogue Café Novi Sad (Serbia): 

Moderator: Mr. Stefan Radoičić, Teaching Assistant at the Law Faculty, University of Novi Sad

  • Ms. Branislava AraÄ‘an, Vice-President of Junior Chamber International – JCI Novi Sad
  • Mr. SrÄ‘an Hromiš, President of European Youth Parliament Serbia
  • Mr. Igor Stojilović, Youth Policy and advocacy coordinator, NGO Center for Youth Work Novi Sad.

Dialogue Café Belgrade (Serbia):

  • Mr. Strahinja Radovanović, UNA Serbia Dialogue CafĂ© Team
  • Mr. Uroš AnÄ‘elković, UNA-Serbia BIMUN Team
  • Ms. Katarina Velkov, Serbian UN Youth Delegate 2019-2020

Dialogue Café Lisbon (Portugal):

 Dialogue Café Novi Pazar (Serbia):

  • Ms. Amina Ĺ emsović, MA in English language and literature, MA in human rights & democracy (ERMA program) and Senior fellow at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
  • Representative of Cultural Centre Dama

With the participation of Dialogue Café Évora and Cidade de Praia!  






Celebrating United Nations International Volunteer Day 2019 0 Reply

volunteer dayCONTEXT

By United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) mandate, the International Volunteer Day (IVD)[1] is celebrated annually on 5 December with the aim of celebrating volunteers and organisations efforts, promote their values and disseminate their work. The focus of the IVD 2019 is “Volunteers for an Inclusive Future” in order to highlight the role of volunteers in raising awareness, inspiring others and achieving the SDGs.

“Achieving #SDGs depends on empowerment, inclusion & equality of all people. Volunteer action widens spaces for engagement, including for remote & marginalized populations.” (UN Volunteer Programme)

There are many types of volunteering: skills-based, in developing countries, virtual, on learning programmes and schools, on environment, in an emergency, corporate and community based. Volunteers also play a key role in the implementation of social and third sectors organisations by implementing projects, involving communities, and supporting dissemination among many other tasks. Volunteers might work at the local as the international areas.

With the aim of celebrating the International Volunteer Day, Dialogue Café Évora lead by Eugenio de Almeida Foundation and Dialogue Café members in Cidade de Praia, Novi Pazar and Lisbon will organise a session on volunteering with the aim of celebrating volunteer effort and recognising their contribution to communities and the society. With this purpose, volunteers will be invited to participate in this session and share with us their views, motivations and experiences. During the session we will also discover the existing opportunities for volunteering and how beneficial can be to volunteer as well as will be invited to discuss the following questions, but not limited to:

– Why did you decide to volunteer?

– Advantages get with volunteering?

– Share your best volunteering experience

– How can we promote volunteering among the youngest generations? What about elder generations? 

Participation is free and open!


Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Eugenio de Almeida Foundation – Social Innovation Centre

Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – ADRAL | EvoraTech Fab Lab 

  • DrÂş JosĂ© Tavares, Refood Évora
  • Nuno Rosmaninho, Humanitarian Centre of Évora – Cruz Vermelha (Red Cross)

Dialogue Café Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)

Dialogue Café Novi Pazar (Centar Duga)

  • Haris Imamović, Dialogue Novi Pazar Team
  • Amila Sarenkapic, Volunteer at Centar Duga




Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon – (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) – Dalia Sendra (

Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA ( & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (

Dialogue Café Novi Pazar – Fatima Durovic (

[1] Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17 December 1985



Entrepreneurship as a promoter of soft skills – the new young leaders 0 Reply

entrepreneurship and soft skills


Soft skills are defined as the interpersonal qualities that do not depend on acquired knowledge – hard skills – and combine different interpersonal abilities, character traits and career attributes, as well as social and emotional intelligence among many others. These capacities are becoming extremely relevant because in the very competitive world we live, such capacities might help you to become a successful candidate from other job seekers. It is about “something” that distinguish you when everyone possesses the same level of knowledge, training, and technical abilities. Some examples of soft skills are: communication skills, leadership, work ethic, creative problem solving, design thinking, time management, conflicts resolution, integrity, flexibility, teamwork, and socioemotional intelligence.

Soft skills are extremely relevant in the field of entrepreneurship because they allow you to connect with costumers, clients, partners and other stakeholders as well as share your ideas and knowledge. Indeed, soft skills might be the key to make your entrepreneurship project successful.

Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Dialogue Café action and many sessions have been organised with the aim of supporting entrepreneurs and sharing knowledge in this field. With this purpose, the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, one of Dialogue Café Évora hosts, and Dialogue Café Association organise a session aimed at analysing the role of entrepreneurship in promoting soft skills and giving a space to young entrepreneurs to share their testimonials and knowledge.

The session is celebrated in the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, celebrated annually during a week in November “to engage in connecting entrepreneurs with collaborators, mentors and stakeholder groups in order to develop a network of synergistic partners and new opportunities”[1].

For this session, young entrepreneurs and organisations supporting entrepreneurs will be invited to reflect about key soft skills for entrepreneurship and to discuss the following questions, but not limited to:

  • What are the soft skills that new young leaders value?
  • Why are soft skills so valued?
  • Soft skills are as important to the success of our youth as indicators more traditional academics?
  • Soft skills play a key role in the emergence of a business idea and growing a new company?


Dialogue Café Belgrade – Youth Office

Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – ADRAL | EvoraTech Fab Lab & Eugenio de Almeida Foundation – Social Innovation Centre

  • Carlos Ramos, B-Brincar
  • Nuno Gomes, Consultant on entrepreneurship projects
  • Natália Melo, Specialist on communication and history taking

Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Centar Duga

And the involvement of Dialogue Café Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia (Pedro Pires Institute)!

Participation is free and open!


Contacts for detailed information

  • Dialogue CafĂ© Association and Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon Dalia Sendra (
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (   
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA ( & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Fatima Durovic (
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (




Youth 4 Peace 0 Reply

youth 4 peace

The United Nations Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security[1], adopted by the Security Council on 9 December 2015, recognizes the role young people play in the keeping and promoting international peace and security, key to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. In this framework, dialogue and exchange are key vehicles for the success of peace.

The engagement of youth in intercultural dialogue and practices of exchange, networking, and active participation is crucial for the prevention and resolution of conflict. Young people have wonderful creative skills and capacities to develop bridges based on the commons, use tools to promote dialogue and to engage in social.

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The SDGs Agenda is Youth business! 1

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Youth and the SDGs Agenda

Today, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24—they are the largest generation of youth in history. Close to 90 per cent of them live in developing countries, where they make up a large proportion of the population. Their numbers are expected to grow—between 2015 and 2030 alone, about 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.  Connected to each other like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change. They are also agents of change, mobilising to advance the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.

Provided with the necessary skills and opportunities needed to reach their potential, young people can be a driving force for supporting development and contributing to peace and security. Youth-led organisations need to be encouraged and empowered to participate in translating the 2030 Agenda into local, national and regional policy. They play a significant role in the implementation, monitoring and review of the Agenda as well as in holding governments accountable. With political commitment and adequate resources, young people have the potential to make the most effective transformation of the world into a better place for all.

In a nutshell, this new Cycle of 3 DC sessions – scheduled to take place on 18 May, 25 May and 1st June 2019 aims at inviting youth to:

Achieve the Goals

The Global Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the current challenges we face, and to leave no one behind is necessary to achieve the Goals and its targets.

Lead the Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the key role that today’s youth play in its achievement. Youth empowerment and action is key in the global efforts being taken in the implementation of the Global Goals.

Live the Goals

Young people are the torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and only with their energy, new ideas, voices and innovation we will make a difference.




Young people from 20 to 30 years old are invited to join this cycle of debates organised in partnership between Dialogue Café and Garion Group!!

FIRST SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. Fighting poverty and inequality

At the kick off session, on 18 May, an overview of the SDGs will be provided to all participants and an exchange of views with the audience on how to achieve, lead and live the SDGs will take place. Participants will be asked to share their experience and knowledge on this topic as well as their ideas to take action on the ground.  Against this backdrop, the session will focus on SDG 1 and 8 addressing the topical issues of ensuring sustainable and equal lives and fighting poverty and inequality.

Youth based in cities of Belgrade, Évora, Lisbon and Seoul, will discuss on how their understanding of poverty and sustainable economic growth, share ideas on how best achieve SDG1 and SDG8, analyse the impact of climate crisis on poverty and economic growth and understand why having nowadays a job does not guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. Youth unemployment will be also addressed and national experiences and perceptions shared during the debate.

SECOND SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. SDG2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century.

During the first session, on 18 May, an overview of the SDGs was provided to all participants and an exchange of views took place on how best to achieve the SDGs. Participants shared their experience and knowledge on the SDGs as well as their ideas to take action on the ground. During the second session, participants will be invited first of all, as follow-up of the first session, to make a short presentation of SDG 1 and 8 (5 minutes each) and address how best to fight poverty and inequality.

Afterwards a presentation of SDG 2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century will be provided and participants will commonly define the concept of hunger. Participants will present how hunger is affecting each participant country, Portugal, Serbia and South-Korea, but perspectives from other countries can be also shared. Participants will be invited to share knowledge and references.

Furthermore, youth based in cities of Belgrade, Évora, Lisbon and Seoul will discuss on the link between climate change and hunger in the XXI century. Following a video of Greta Thunberg on climate change, participants will debate on how best fight against climate change in order to reduce hunger in the XXI century and beyond.

Last but not least, a short introduction of the third session and SDGs 3 (health) and 4 (education) will be made. Participants will be invited to reflect during the week about the challenges confronted by their countries and cities in terms of education and health and how it impacts on sustainable development.

THIRD SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. SDGs 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

During the second session, which was held on 25 May, first of all participants also made an overview of SDG 1 and 8 and addressed how best to fight poverty and inequality. In the second part of the session, an overview of the SDG 2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century was provided to all young participants and thoughts and ideas on how best fighting hunger shared. Young participants based in Belgrade, Lisbon and Seoul shared the case study of their countries and a special presentation was made by participants in Belgrade. A special link was made to climate crisis and its impact on hunger rise and consequences. They debated how best fight against climate change in order to reduce hunger in XXI century and beyond. They also shared ideas of policies and actions that should be applied.

During the third and last session, a presentation of SDGs 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all will be provided to participants and they will be invited to present how those challenges affect their own countries and realities. They will commonly define the concept of education and healthy lives. Young participants based in Lisbon and Seoul will be invited to reflect on actions to implement at the individual, collective and political level to ensure the achievement of SDG3 and SDG4.

Furthermore, following a video of Greta Thunberg on climate change, youth will be invited to reflect on how climate change may affect those SDGs and the access to healthy lives and education opportunities to young people in the near future.

Last but not least, young participants will be invited to share their reflections and commitment to fight against climate change and promote the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Youth Leaders 4 SDGs & 2030 Agenda 0 Reply

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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29