OSCE and FES ROCPE: Perspectives 20-30

Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Regional Office for Peace and Cooperation in Europe (FES ROCPE) has launched an initiative to provide a platform for young women and men to formulate and discuss with decision-makers a vision for how a safer future in the OSCE area could look by 2030 and beyond.

What is the perspective of young people on the future of European security? Which topics are important to them, what do they identify as the biggest challenges, which practical recommendations do they have?

Young people constitute a majority of population in the OSCE area, but are not sufficiently involved in policy-making and public debate. Many of them actively engage in their local communities and care about peace in Europe at large. They are worried about unresolved conflicts, increasing distrust and decline of international cooperation. Their voices deserve being heard.

The members of the Core Group of Experts were selected from hundreds of applicants responding to an open call. These twenty-two young professionals, between the ages of twenty and thirty, were chosen on the basis of their expertise, motivation, and networks. They reflect the gender and geographical diversity of the OSCE area and come from a wide range of backgrounds including academia, civil society, policymaking, and the media. They contribute to the Perspectives 20-30 initiative in their personal capacity on a voluntary basis.

The recommendations of the young experts were debated with diplomats and young delegates at the OSCE-wide Youth Forum in Bratislava in October 2019. An official handover of the final report “Perspectives 20-30” to the Chairman-in-Office Miroslav Lajčák followed at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava in December 2019.

Timeline of the initiative and more information are available on official websites of OSCE and FES ROCPE.

Related documents: #Perspectives20-30 Discussion Paper

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