Saturday saw the start of the 2nd Red Cross and Red Crescent Mediterranean Youth Meeting in Sarajevo, where 32 youth leaders from 18 National Societies across the region gathered to debate on current affairs concerning youth and volunteers in the region.
Under the theme “Standing for Humanity”, in the next two days participants will discuss issues related to leadership, networking, climate change and a culture of non-violence and peace – all topics suggested by the participating National Societies.
The event was opened by the President of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kličić, who also started his Red Cross career as a volunteer at the age of 10.
“Volunteers are initiators of positive change. Youth should be seen as future leaders of our organizations, and we always have to find time for their development," he said.
"We have heard that young people are the leaders of tomorrow, but in fact, young people are the leaders of tomorrow and today," emphasized Lama Srour, Vice Chair of the IFRC Youth Commission in her speech.
Bany Egúsquiza Diaz from the Centre of the Cooperation in the Mediterranean continued on the same line of thought. "Our goal is to show that young people can be leaders not only on youth issues but can have a voice on communities and National Society priorities and needs," she said.
“Here in Bosnia and Herzegovina we are facing many challenges and don’t have much resources,” said Jasmin Niksic, Youth Coordinator of the host National Society, “but one thing we have is enthusiastic young volunteers willing to do more and do better.”
The closing session of the meeting on Monday evening will be attended by IFRC President Francesco Rocca and host National Society Secretary General Rajko Lazić. As the final outcome of the meeting, a youth statement will be published in addition to the Sarajevo Declaration.