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World Forum for Democracy 2020 - Youth Delegation: Call for applications

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 13, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on July 27, 2020
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Some of the key challenges that will be faced at this edition of the World Forum for Democracy are:
> National governments, international organisations or the citizen: who is setting the pace?
> What governing style is best placed to tackle the environmental challenge?
> Public or private: what role for which sector?

The core content of the Forum will consist of discussions about successful initiatives and actions, which have real-life initiatives as a starting point. General guiding principles will then be drawn to encourage and support future policy responses and field action. In this context, the Youth Department will invite 50-60 young people to participate and engage with decision-makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on the question of Democracy and Environment.

All selected participants should arrive on Friday 13th November and depart on Thursday 19th November.
The youth preparation meeting will take place for all participants on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November in the European Youth Centre before the World Forum begins on the 16th of November 2020.

Criteria - In order to be selected and participate in the World Forum 2020 democracy and information, youth applicants should be:
1) aged 18-30 (exceptions can be made in special cases);
2) able to communicate and work in English;
3) actively involved in civil society democracy initiatives;
4) motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on youth and democracy;
5) ready to share own challenges faced in relation to media, fake news, information and its effects on democracy;
6) ready to adopt a solution-oriented approach by bringing in new ideas and visions on the question of environment and democracy;
7) available to participate fully in the World Forum for Democracy and the preparation process beforehand (i.e. arrive in Strasbourg on the 13th November and depart on the 19th November).

The youth representatives will be chosen on the basis of the above criteria and a video to be submitted.
This short 1-minute video should be posted on YouTube or another video platform that can be accessed easily, with the link attached to the online application form.

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The 2020 World Forum for Democracy will debate the issues and generate new ideas for tackling the environmental crisis we face today.

During the World Forum, the youth participants will join the different labs and side events.
Participants may be given particular roles in the labs and side-events according to their interests
and competences (rapporteurs, moderators, audience...).
Altogether, the youth participants should be active partners and contributors to this World Forum, bringing in their own ideas and initiatives. Beyond the labs and side-events, the participants may organise parallel activities to make their voices heard and present their visions on fake news and democracy.

The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all candidates who fulfil the above mentioned profile, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

The application form including the video link must be submitted on-line before Tuesday 28 July CET 13:00 (1 p.m.), together with a support letter from your NGO/sending organization if this is appropriate.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 13, 2020
Jul 13, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jul 15, 2020
Jul 15, 2020

Thanks, Ana!