Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/951/8.1 28 November 20051
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951 Meeting, 14 December 2005
8 Youth and sport


8.1 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth (Budapest, 23-24 September 2005) – Report of the Secretary General

Reference documents
CM(2005)175

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Action

To take note of the Secretary General’s report of the 7th Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth “Human dignity and social cohesion: youth policy responses to violence”,
as it appears in CM(2005)175.

At the invitation of the Hungarian government, the 7th Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth took place in Budapest on 23-24 September 2005. The main theme of the Conference was “Human dignity and social cohesion: youth policy responses to violence”. The objectives were:

- to take stock of policies in the youth field concerning the prevention of violence;
- to offer the possibility for Ministers to share examples of good practice with regard to youth policy responses to violence;
- to propose strategies for the prevention of violence, within the framework of youth policies;
- to provide political support for the work priorities of the youth sector for 2006-2008, as established by the Joint Council on Youth.

223 participants and observers attended the Conference, including 183 members of national delegations from 43 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, as well as 22 youth representatives from NGOs-partners of the Council of Europe’s youth sector. The Conference was also attended by representatives of the main Council of Europe bodies (Committee of Ministers, Parliamentary Assembly and Congress of Local and Regional Authorities). Thirty-six member states had included in their delegation at least one youth representative from the national youth council or similar structure.

The Conference was opened by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Terry DAVIS.
Ms Kinga GÖNCZ
, Minister of Youth, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Hungary, was elected chair of the Conference. Mr Yuri PAVLENKO, Minister of Family, Youth and Sport of Ukraine, and
Ms Vasso KOLLIA
, Secretary General of Youth, Ministry of Education of Greece, were elected vice-chairs. The Committee of Ministers was represented by Mr Christian TER STEPANIAN, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe and Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment.

Ms Vasso KOLLIA introduced the report prepared by the Council of Europe on the implementation of the conclusions of the 6th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth organised in Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2002. She underlined some of the major achievements in the Council of Europe youth sector since 2002, in particular:

- the elaboration of effective tools for formulating and implementing youth policies, in particular with the international reviews of national youth policies and the creation of a European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy, set up in partnership with the European Commission;

- the implementation of an ambitious human rights education programme with young people, in particular with the publication of the COMPASS manual, and national and regional training courses which enabled the network of multipliers involved in this field to be extended throughout Europe;

- the activities carried out in partnership with youth organisations and governments to promote intercultural dialogue and peace, examples being the training courses on conflict management and resolution, and the major Youth and Globalisation event organised in 2004.

Mr Renaldas VAISBRODAS, President of the European Youth Forum, presented the results of the Youth Event which had been organised prior to the Conference for the youth representatives participating in it. The conclusions of the Youth Event appear in Appendix 2 to document CM(2005)175.

The introductions of the three keynote speakers are summarised in Appendix 3 to document CM(2005)175.

The conclusions of the three working sessions appear in Appendix 4 to document CM(2005)175.

The Conference unanimously adopted the Final Declaration (document CM(2005)175 Appendix 5), as well as the draft Resolution on the priorities of the Council of Europe youth sector for 2006-2008 (document CM(2005)175 Appendix 6).

Mr Yuri PAVLENKO, Minister of Family, Youth and Sport of Ukraine announced his government’s invitation to hold the 8th Conference of European Ministers for Youth in Kyiv in 2008.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISION

951st meeting – 14 December 2005

Item 8.1

7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth (Budapest, 23-24 September 2005) – Report of the Secretary General
(CM(2005)175)

Decision

The Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s report of the 7th Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth “Human dignity and social cohesion: youth policy responses to violence”, as it appears in CM(2005)175.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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