The Sarajevo Youth Summit, organized by Youth Initiative for Human Rights, will be held in Sarajevo on 14-16 October 2015. The Summit will gather around 150 young leaders from the Western Balkans and the European Union, as well as representatives of organizations and leaders from conflict and post-conflict zones across the world.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina – What Next? panel, the emphasis will be on the 20th anniversary of the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will tackle the everyday life of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina and talk about the responsibility of politicians, institutions and media in the problems young people are facing. We will discuss about the old and new divisions within Bosnia and Herzegovina, the perils of procedural democracy, identity issues in postconflict societies, models about the protection of minority rights in BiH, what do young people think about different naratives and past adapting, as well as how to build a viable peace.
Within Regional Youth Exchange Programme panel, problems resulting from not dealing with the legacy of the past and nationalistic policies in the Balkans will be tackled. The role of new generations, the perspective of future leaders in the Western Balkans, cooperation between young politicians, Balkans’ forzen conflicts, and key reforms to be made in the region’s states. Successful crossborder projects and initiatives will also be discussed, as well as their perspecitves and recommendations for the Balkans in the next 10 years.
In Global Experience panel, young democracy activists from (post)conflict zones and the Western Balkans will share their knowledge, experiences and responses to the challenges they are facing in (post) conflict zones and new emerging democracies. How can the Western Balkans’ experiences help activists around the world, digital democracy, youth engagement in politics and new „Cold War“ divisions will be dicussed within this panel. An important part of this panel will be discussing the global reactions on local issues and how to stay connected and share experiences by using online tools and social networks.