[ENG] YOUTH AMBASSADORS’ PROJECT

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“Youth for Cooperation and Security in Eastern Mediterranean”
Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY Seminar & Workshop
Nicosia, 23-25 July 2020
Concept Paper 

SUMMARY
Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY (Youth NGO based in Cyprus) organizes a three-day Seminar and Workshop under the thematic:  “Youth for Cooperation and Security in Eastern Mediterranean”. Aim of the seminar/workshop is to prepare a group of 25 young Cypriots (16-35 years old) on issues related to Eastern Mediterranean as well as to give the opportunity to this group to submit proposals  and ideas to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other decision making structures of the Republic of Cyprus regarding the strengthening of relations between Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean countries,  with an emphasis on the role young people can play in this regard. The three-day seminar/workshop will take place between Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25thof July 2020 in Nicosia. The seminar/workshop is part of the Project Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY has recently launched under the title “Youth Ambassadors for Cooperation and Security in Eastern Mediterranean”.

The three-day seminar/workshop will be offered to 25 young Cypriots/Cyprus based young people, whom will be selected by Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY based on an open call and evaluation of their application, including the submission of a CV and a motivation letter.  This group of the 25 youth participants, after the completion of this three-day seminar/workshop, will have a one-year mandate as Youth Ambassadors for Cooperation and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean”. The “Youth Ambassadors” group will participate in further activities and events of Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY, having as an aim the enhancement and strengthening of relations between Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean countries, taking into consideration the role youth of the region can play.  In this regard, Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY also envisions the organization of a Youth Forum in Cyprus in 2021, with the participation of young people from all Eastern Mediterranean countries.

More information about the three-day seminar/workshop, its aims, objectives and speakers are presented below
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“Youth for Cooperation and Security in Eastern Mediterranean” Project

ABOUT CYPRUS YOUTH DIPLOMACY
Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY is the only youth NGO in Cyprus working specifically on the thematic of diplomacy and international relations, having as an aim the inclusion of young people of Cyprus in decision-making structures of Cyprus dealing with diplomacy and international relations.  Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY organizes activities/events/projects in order to highlight areas of diplomacy which are of an interest to the young people of Cyprus but also gives youth the opportunity to be active citizens and submit ideas and proposals in relation to Cyprus’ foreign policy.

ABOUT “YOUTH FOR COOPERATION AND SECURITY IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN” PROJECT
Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY, inspired by the growing cooperation between most of the Eastern Mediterranean countries (such as the example of tripartite cooperation) believes that young people have an enormous role to play in order to develop a culture of cooperation and security in the Eastern Mediterranean. The growing relations between East-Med Countries due to energy developments in the region, it is time to evolve and consolidate in more levels such as politics, economy, culture as well as at a societal level, having young people in the forefront of this effort.  Cyprus, as a crossroad of three continents and a bridge of cooperation between East-Med countries and the European Union, has a very important role to play, starting from the role young people can have in this regard, by adopting a bottom-up approach. SC Resolution 2250/2015 “Youth, Peace and Security” can be the compass in this effort and can be put into good use in relation to offering youth the opportunity to express their opinion and work on the further enhancement of relations between countries of the East-Med region.

Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY considers that conditions are now ideal for young people of the East-Med region to play a leading role in creating and co-shaping  a culture of cooperation, peace and security in Eastern Mediterranean, proposing ideas, submitting proposals and producing work and actions in many levels (State level, Universities, Civil Society, Youth Organizations, etc.) and in various topics (youth, culture, environment, gender issues, economy, energy, democracy, human rights).

Therefore, as a first step to achieve cooperation between young people in East-Med, Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY will establish a group of young Cypriots whom will “work” as “Youth Ambassadors for the Cooperation and Security in Eastern Mediterranean”. The 25 Youth Ambassadors, with an one-year mandate, will participate in a three-day seminar/workshop (July 23-25 2020) in order to be trained on issues related to the situation in East-Med, as well as to submit their ideas and proposals to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies/services of the Republic of Cyprus regarding the  enhancement of relations between Cyprus and East-Med Countries. During their tenure as Youth Ambassadors (July 2020-July 2021), Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY will organize various activities related to the strengthening and promotion of relations between East-Med Countries, thus using the Youth Ambassadors’ team as multipliers in order to spread the message of cooperation in the region, having as an ultimate goal the organization of a Youth Forum in Cyprus in 2021 , with the participation of young people from all East-Med Countries.

PURPOSE OF THE SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
The purpose of the three-day seminar/workshop “Youth for Cooperation and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean” is the group of the 25 young Cypriots that will be selected, to be informed on the situation in the East-Med by officials of the Republic of Cyprus, Cypriot Ambassadors accredited to East-Med Countries and Ambassadors accredited to Cyprus, diplomats, technocrats, members of the academia and experts, in order to understand the bilateral relations of the Republic of Cyprus with the countries of the region as well as to understand the tripartite cooperation and synergies that have been developed.  A workshop will be held during the last day of the training, where the 25 participants will propose ideas and actions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other services of the Republic, which can be used to further strengthen relations between the countries of the region and will lead to further activities and collaborations between young people of the East-Med Region.

 

Topics to be discussed during the three-day seminar/workshop:

  • Bilateral Relations of Cyprus with Eastern Mediterranean Countries
  • Cultural Aspects
  • Delimitation of Maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Energy and Security Issues in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Environment-Cyprus Initiative for Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East
  • Tripartite Cooperation
  • Security Council Resolution 1325/2000 “Women, Peace and Security”
  • Security Council Resolution 2250/2015 “Youth, Peace and Security”

SEMINAR/WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES
The main goal of the three-day seminar/workshop is to establish a group of 25 young Cypriots whom, after the end of the seminar, will obtain the mandate of “Youth Ambassador for Cooperation and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean” and will act as a core team for future activities that will be planned and carried out by  Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY.

The objectives of the seminar are, the 25 young people whom will participate, to:

  • Understand the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Understand the positions and priorities of the Republic of Cyprus in the region
  • Understand bilateral relations between the Republic of Cyprus and countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region
  • Understand the tripartite cooperation and their goals
  • Understand the importance of peace, security and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean and understand the role that youth can play
  • Understand subjects related to democracy, human rights, law of the sea, gender equality, culture, the environment and the role that youth can play in strengthening relations between the countries of the region
  • Propose ideas to the Republic of Cyprus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to strengthen the relations between countries of the East-Med region
  • Propose ideas and actions for the role that youth in the region can play to strengthen the relations between the countries of the region.

Participants will play an active role during the seminar/workshop, by asking questions to the speakers and submitting their and suggestions that will be produced during the workshop that will take place, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus.

AUDIENCE
The three-day seminar/workshop will be attended by 25 young people from Cyprus, aged 16-35. Participants will be selected by Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY through an open call and will be selected based on their CV and a motivation letter. An effort will be made for equal representation between young women and young men. The application process will be closed on 15 of July 2020.

After the three-day seminar, participants will receive the mandate of “Youth Ambassador for Security and Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean” and will participate for a year in activities of Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY related to the strengthening of relations of East-Med countries, acting as multipliers of the results of the seminar/workshop.

PROPOSED SPEAKERS FOR THE SEMINAR

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nikos Christodoulidis (confirmed)
  • Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Kornelios Korneliou (confirmed)
  • Mrs. Christina Rafti, Director of Middle East and North Africa Directorate, MFA Cyprus (confirmed)
  • Dr. Nicholas Ioannides, Public International Law Expert (confirmed)
  • Mrs. Josie Christodoulou, Foreign Minister’s Advisor on Gender Equality (confirmed)
  • Mrs. Kalliopi Agapiou-Iosifidou, Assistant Professor, Jean Monnet Chair (2001), University of Cyprus, Member of the Mediterranean Women’s Network of Mediators (MWMN) (confirmed)
  • Mrs. Niki Papadopoulou-Papa, former Head of the Office of European and International Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth (confirmed)
  • Mr. Costas Papanikolas, President of the Cyprus Institute, Advisor and Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for Climate Change (tbc)
  • Speaker from the Ministry of Defense (tbc)
  • Speaker from the Ministry of Energy (tbc)

 

Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus accredited to East-Med Countries (via zoom)

  • Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Israel Mrs. Thessalia Salina Shiambos (confirmed)
  • Other Ambassadors (tbc)

Foreign Diplomatic Missions Accredited to the Republic of Cyprus

  • Ambassadors/Embassy Representative (tbc)

It is noted that the proposed Ambassadors have been selected on the basis of the participation of States in the East-Med Energy Forum, plus France. In case the invitation is not accepted by the proposed speakers, an attempt will be made to approach other speakers.

DRAFT PROGRAM
(synopsis)

23rd of July 2020:
Speakers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus (Minister/ Director General / Ambassadors / Diplomats / Experts)

24th of July 2020:

  • Representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of Cyprus
  • Members of Academia/ Experts on Topics Related to the Eastern Mediterranean and Youth

    25th of July 2020:
    Workshop: Proposals/Ideas to be discussed and submitted by the group of the “Youth Ambassador

DRAFT PROGRAMME
(Full Version)

Thursday 23 July 2020- 09:00-13:00
Nicosia

  • “Strengthening of Relations between Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean Countries and the Role of Youth” (confirmed)

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nikos Christodoulidis
Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Kornelios Korneliou

  • “Tripartite cooperation as a pillar of security and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean” (confirmed)

Mrs. Christina Rafti: Director of the Middle East and North Africa Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus

  • “Delimitation of Maritime Zones and the Republic of Cyprus” (confirmed)

Dr. Nicholas Ioannides, PHD, Public International Law Expert

  • “Security Council Resolution 1325/2000: Women, Peace and Security” (confirmed)

Mrs. Josie Christodoulou, Foreign Minister’s Advisor on Gender Equality

Thursday 23 July 2020-16:00-19:00
(via Zoom)

Cypriot Ambassadors Accredited to East-Med Countries
Panel on “Bilateral Relations and Trilateral Cooperations as a Pillar of Security and Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean:the Role of Youth”

  • Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Israel Ms. Thessalia Salina Shiambos (confirmed)
  • Other Ambassadors tbc

 

Friday, July 24, 2020
09:00-13:00, Nicosia

“Bilateral relations and tripartite cooperation as a pillar of security and co-operation in the Eastern Mediterranean: the Role of Youth”

  • Speaker from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Cyprus (tbc)
  • Speaker from the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Cyprus (tbc)
  • Ambassadors/Embassy Representatives accredited to the Republic of Cyprus representative (Embassies tbc)

Friday, July 24, 2020
16: 00-19: 00, Nicosia

  • Security Council Resolution 2250/2015: Youth, Peace and Security and Security Council Resolution 1325/2000 Women, Peace and Security” (confirmed)

Mrs. Kalliopi Agapiou-Iosifidou, Assistant Professor, Jean Monnet Chair (2001), University of Cyprus, Member of the Mediterranean Women’s Network of Mediators (MWMN)

  • “The role of culture and youth in strengthening relations between states” (confirmed)

Mrs. Niki Papadopoulou-Papa, former Head of the Office of European and International Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth (confirmed)

  • “Initiative of the Republic of Cyprus for Climate Change”

Mr. Costas Papanikolas, President of the Cyprus Institute, Advisor and Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for Climate Change (tbc)

Saturday, 25 July 2020, 09: 00-18:00
Nicosia (tbc)

“All-Day Workshop: Exchange of Ideas in relation to Strengthening the Relations between East-Med Countries and the Role of Youth”

Separation of participants into thematic groups. Assignment of a topic per group, exchange of ideas and submission of proposals in relation to strengthening the relations between the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and the role of young people in multiple levels (culture, youth, environment, gender issues, etc.). Use of non-formal education methods to achieve results, ideas and suggestions.

LANGUAGE:
Participants need to be fluent in both Greek and English in order to participate at the Youth Ambassadors’ Project.

SUPPORTER:
Youth Board of Cyprus is supporting the three-day seminar/workshop.

 

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