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Sarajevo 2014 Youth Camp Activities Proposal
an article by The Youth Working Group of the PeaceEventSarajevo2014

From June 6-9 2014 an international youth camp with youth activities will take place in Sarajevo within the framework of the Peace Event Sarajevo 2014. It will be a self- organized place for debate, information, action, and training on different topics related to non- violence and peace. The youth camp with its youth activities will allow young activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe and around the world to share their experience, engage in common activities, and learn from each other.

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Non-violence and peace are essential for the future of humankind. What better place is there to foster a culture of peace and non-violence with and for the youth than Sarajevo: a city that serves as a symbol for the last 100 years for having been the scene of the event that is often regarded as having triggered World War I, and for having been place of so much suffering during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina two decades ago. Nowadays Sarajevo is the capital of a war-torn multicultural society being rebuilt, in the heart of a region where men and women strive to overcome the scars of wars that accompanied the breakup of the former Yugoslav Federation.

It is the youth’s challenge as well as their responsibility to shape a world full of peace, non-violence and justice instead of war and violence. The future belongs to the youth and we would like to give them and those young in mind the opportunity to make Sarajevo in June 2014 a meeting place for peace and non-violence.

We would like to invite you to participate in the youth camp and the youth activities.

The Youth working group has defined the outlines of the youth activities and all the organizations and groups who wish to participate will be invited to offer concrete proposals for intercultural exchange, training of non-violence, educational seminars, direct actions, and cultural, arts and sportive activities related to these topics.

The next step is this call for activity proposals and the registration to the youth camp.

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Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,

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from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.

Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.

This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.

There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. . ...more.

This report was posted on February 13, 2014.