The Barents Regional Youth Program
The official youth cooperation at the regional level in the Barents Region started with the Barents Youth Meeting in Kiruna on 4-6 September 1998 and was formalized through the establishment of the Barents Regional Youth Forum in 2000. Since then several conferences have been arranged by the Forum. The present programme is based on the conclusions from the Conference “Face the Future”, which was held on 12-16 May 2001 in Tromsø, Norway.
The purpose of the programme is to provide a framework for:
• improved conditions for young people in the Barents Region by making youth a priority area in the Barents Cooperation
• increased youth participation in the general activities of the Barents Region networks
• more focus on the youth dimension of the various priority areas of the cooperation
• strengthening young people’s sense of identity as members of the Barents Region by establishing contact across cultural and geographical borders
• making the Barents Region more attractive to young people by improving living conditions so that they stay in the region or return after completing their education.
The following five priority areas have been chosen for this programme on the basis of the problems young people face in the Barents Region. The areas were chosen because they have been highlighted in the declarations issued by the youth conferences that have been held in the Barents Region. These five areas are also among the general priorities in the Barents Cooperation.
• Education and entrepreneurship
• Culture and sport
• The environment
• Social issues and health
• Indigenous peoples and minorities
Possible activities that can gain financial support trough this
• Creating network between institutions/organisations that focus on activities within the priority areas
• School Projects
• Information campaigns
• Youth exchange projects
• Multinational conferences, seminars or festivals
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For more information about the Barents Youth Programme, please contact Laila Dalhaug at the Norweigan Barents Secretariat, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org