April 2011 / European Youth Forum Advocacy

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April 2011 / European Youth Forum Advocacy

  1. 1. PRESENTATION The European Youth Forum Youth advocacy work at EU level
  2. 2. What is the European Youth Forum? <ul><li>A pan-European platform of National Youth Councils and Non-Governmental Youth Organisations in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>98 Member Organisations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our mission The European Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives, by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations towards the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
  4. 4. Our work <ul><li>Providing a space for organisations to develop sustainably and offering strategic support for capacity building, networking and the dissemination of good practice </li></ul><ul><li>Voicing the concerns of Member Organisations towards international institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Producing policies and positions, based on the opinions, experiences and expertise of youth organisations. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Scope of action <ul><li>All policy areas affecting youth, promoting a cross-sectoral approach. </li></ul><ul><li>The main working areas – Strategic Priorities: </li></ul><ul><li>Participation and youth policy mainstreaming </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Youth work development </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights </li></ul><ul><li>Employment and social affairs </li></ul>
  6. 6. The European Youth Forum is a recognised partner of the different institutions and bodies of the EU <ul><li>European Commission in the youth field </li></ul><ul><li>EU Presidency in collaboration with the NYC in the country </li></ul><ul><li>other EU institutions and Member States </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lobbying for youth organisations <ul><li>Several aspects of lobbying: </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with other civil society organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Media campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Grass-root campaigning </li></ul><ul><li>Governmental and institutional relations </li></ul>
  8. 8. Challenges Importance of timing : monitoring and anticipation are key Identify the right institutional partner Accurate message : up to date, tailored for the interlocutor Bring added value : representativeness, experience, expertise Establish synergies and cooperation with partners Communicate on the results

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