The 2nd Red Cross Red Crescent Mediterranean Youth Meeting in Sarajevo has come to an end on Monday with the adoption of the Youth declaration, a document that will guide the work of National Societies Youth in the next four years.
The declaration was endorsed by 32 youth delegates from 18 National Societies, who represent hundreds of thousands of young Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers across the Mediterranean.
“Today we are facing many new humanitarian challenges such as conflicts at all levels, climate change effects, widespread violence, migration and trafficking in human beings. These realities represent for all of us a strong appeal to reinforce and expand the commitments made during the Youth Meeting in San Marino in 2015,” states the document.
The declaration proposes concrete actions related to key themes of leadership and youth engagement, social inclusion, prevention of violent behaviours and the promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace, climate change, migration and prevention of trafficking in human beings.
All the recommendations are based on the outcomes of the workshops held during the two days of the Youth Meeting.
People at the meeting could also take part in a non-formal session on Leadership Skills, test the IFRC Youth Engagement Strategy’s self-assessment tool and explore interactive humanitarian education tools such as board games and role-play games.
“I hope that the conclusions of this meeting will contribute to the improvement of Youth in the National Societies. I believe this is just the beginning of your cooperation and friendship,” said RajkoLazic, Secretary General of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the closing of the event.
“It’s time for us to embrace change and think about how we want to live in the modern world, without forgetting the vision that Henri Dunant gave us. We need to adapt to this new reality and I count on the young people in the process. You can lead the change,” said IFRC President Francesco Rocca.