Components of EYM 2011

The European Youth Meeting includes:

  • Opening sessions on the realities of sustainability issues in different fields like the environment, economy and others, and on youth work and youth policy responses to these issues. The session inclusdes many high profile speakers from the local level and internationalm, most notably guest speakers from UNEP,UNDP and Stakeholders Forum.
  • Thematic working groups. During the Meeting all the participants will be divided into thematic working groups who respond to the panel discussions and work separately on developing their ideas according to the theme given to the group. Each working group is attended to by a facilitator who monitors and directs the activities and a resource person who is a qualified expert in the given field.
  • Skills workshops. A varied selection of specialised skills workshops will be organiserd for the delegates to choose from (advocacy, self-presentation, public speaking and other related skills).
  • Policy document process The outcomes of the group work will be gathered together in one policy document “European Youth for Sustainable Development” that will be the eventual outcome of the Meeting. The policy statement will be supplemented by localised action plans for each participant country, designed to be used as a starting point for the implementation of the statement. The policy statement process will end with the official presentation of the document that will take place in the House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads that is the only surviving Renaissance building in Tallinn. The official reception is organised by Tallinn City Government.
  • Cultural events. As Tallinn, Estonia in 2011 is European Capital of Culture, the programme of the meeting will also include thematic cultural events, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on 19th of July at the Town Hall Square in the historic Old Town.