Main Organisers

European Youth Meeting for Sustainable Development is organised in cooperation between:

Sillamäe Society for
Child Welfare (Estonia) - the lead organiser



Sillamäe Society for Child Welfare (SSCW) is an NGO that works towards designing a child and youth friendly environment and empowers children to take responsibility for human rights, environmental sustainability, leadership development, and to take part in the events that shape their society.SSCW has implemented over 60 projects in their county, country and on the international level.

SSCW focuses on:

  • Child and family welfare – especially protection of children’s rights.
  • Youth work development – especially through the active citizenship program that involves both the youth and older people to societal development, as shown by projects such as Active Ida-Virumaa Citizen and Young Active Citizens in Action!“
  • Organisational development – team and individual competence.
  • Cooperation on local and international development – SSCW has two decades of experience of NGO cooperation through different projects, training courses, seminars, conferences and other such activities. The cooperation network includes a large section of local schools, regional NGOs and local governmental institutions, national and international NGOs.

    For its purposes the Society works in the following ways:
  1. makes suggestions to governmental institutions and on the local and national level;
  2. signs contracts with legal and physical entitie;
  3.  organises events, training courses, seminars, camps, conferences, counselling and others;
  4. pays scholarships and supports financially the members of the Society and the participants/applicants of the Society’s activities.

SSCW develops Estonian Union of Child Welfare’s regional centre “Notice the Child! “ Over the last 5 years SSCW has increasingly acted on the international level with main partners/stakeholders like Council of Europe, European Commission, League of Arab States in the frame work of Euro-Arab Dialogue, UN agencies, national and international foundations. SSCW has the knowledge and the resources and is capable of designing and implementing international projects as leader or as a partner. Additional information is available at




The Council of Europe (CoE)

CoE based in Strasbourg (France), and now covers virtually the entire European continent, with its 47 member countries. Founded on 5 May 1949 by 10 countries, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.


The Directorate of Youth and Sport
is part of the Directorate General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe. The Directorate elaborates guidelines, programmes and legal instruments for the development of coherent and effective youth policies at local, national and European levels. It provides funding and educational support for international youth activities aiming at the promotion of youth citizenship, youth mobility and the value of human rights, democracy and cultural pluralism. It seeks to bring together and disseminate expertise and knowledge about the life situations, aspirations and ways of expression of young Europeans.

The Council of Europe's European Youth Foundation (EYF) provides financial support for European youth activities, with an annual budget of approximately € 3 million. The EYF is a powerful tool for European youth co-operation. It supports European youth activities organised by non-governmental youth organisations, networks and initiatives, primarily international youth meetings, but also campaigns, exhibitions, publications, audio-visual material, websites and pilot projects. The EYF also provides grants for the development and administration of international non-governmental youth organisations and networks. More than 300,000 young people, aged between 15 and 30 and mostly from member states, have benefited directly from EYF-supported activities since 1972. In 2007 the EYF supported some 300 projects involving more than 15,000 young people.


Enviromental Inverstment Centre (ESTONIA)
The foundation Environmental Investments Centre (EIC) was founded on 11 May 2000 by the Ministry of Finance. The main activities of EIC are to channel the proceeds from the exploitation of the environment into environmental projects, to perform as the implementing agency for the environmental projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) and to lend money for the implementation of environmental projects. From 2010 we are also acting as the implementing agency for the Green Investment Scheme (selling the excess CO2 quota and supervising the investments).