Intercultural Forum on Democratic Citizenship and Culture of Peace Focused on Youth as Promoters of Intercultural Understanding (Cape Verde)
an article by Antonio Palazuelos
The Intercultural Forum on Democratic Citizenship
and Culture of Peace organized by Federation of
Youth of Cape Verde (FCJ), with the sponsorship of
UNESCO, will have its official opening on Monday,
May 6 at 10am at the Cultural Center of Mindelo,
chaired by President of the Republic of Cape
Verde, Dr. Jorge Carlos Fonseca.
Opening of the Forum by the President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Dr. Jorge Carlos Fonseca
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In partnership with the United Network of Youth
Peacebuilding and with the support of the United
Nations and the Directorate General of Youth, the
Forum will bring together around 100 participants
to debate democratic citizenship and culture of
peace, as key elements for the sustainable
development of society.
The Forum focuses on strengthening the intercultural
understanding of Creole, African and Global Youth
through promoting initiatives for democratic
citizenship and culture of peace in order to achieve
a more tolerant and global intercultural society.
During the activities, participants will discuss
and interact with experts, share experiences on
the topics presented, hear testimonies of young
promoters of intercultural understanding and
culture of peace, and draw up a declaration and
plan of action on democratic citizenship and
culture of peace, as well as establish a Global
Youth Alliance for Democratic Citizenship and
Culture of Peace.
The Forum, hosted on the island of St. Vicente, is
part of the fifth edition of the African
University of Youth and Development, with the
participation of leaders of major global youth
movements from 40 countries in order to promote
the participation of youth in policy-making for
cooperation for global development, democratic
citizenship, and culture of peace
The University aims to create a space where youth
can affirm and be recognized for their role within
the Euro-African Cooperation, in particular the
implementation of the European African Union
Partnership; facilitate the process of defining
and implementing youth projects within the Global
cooperation, Euro-African and Pan African as well
as the promotion of public policies for youth, and
provide a space for training, non-formal education
and intercultural dialogue for youth leaders.
This fifth edition of the University also includes
the Conference Schedule Post 2015 on Population
and Employment Youth (8-10 May), the 9th Training
Course for Africa-Europe Youth Organizations (3-10
May), the 5th School of Young Leaders CPLP (3-10
May), the formation of Associations, Leadership
and Youth Entrepreneurship (6-10 May), the Meeting
of Youth Organizations Platforms (11-12 May), and
the field of International Volunteer Heritage (11-
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