The work of Green Forum Foundation is based on the ideology of Green Party Sweden. Three concepts are central in our work for democracy: grassroot democracy, self-reliance and decentralization. We believe that a democratic society demands openness from those who are in power towards citizens and media. We believe that people can and would like to take active part in building the society.
Along with the ideas of Green Party Sweden, Green Forum Foundation feels there is a need to give greater weight to values and attitudes traditionally associated with women. These include care for other people, responsibility for future generations and the environment, co-operation rather than competition, a holistic attitude and respect for life. Another concept central to Green Party Sweden is that involvement in politics should not be regarded as a life-long profession.
Trust between people is a prerequisite of democratic development. In our work, the building of trust and tolerance, between people and between organizations, is very important. An ongoing discussion about the concept of democracy - what is democracy and what does it mean - is an important part of any democratic process.
We do not believe that the Swedish democracy model should be forced upon areas or countries with different backgrounds. What we say is that Swedish politicians, political parties and organizations have experiences, that can be used as tools in building democracy in other countries. This demands mutual co-operation and mutual exchange of experiences.
Green Forum Foundation applies for funding within the government decision UD2000/1500/IC on support to development of democracy in Eastern Europe and developing countries. Green Forum started 1995 but was a foundation 1999. We also have campaigns for different projects.
The board Eva Goës (chairperson) Valter Mutt Inger Schörling Claudio Aguirre-Bianchi Marie Utter
Office Prästgatan 18A, P.O. 2136, SE-103 14 Stockholm, Sweden Tel +46 8 545 224 59 Fax +46 8 545 224 60 Email
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The Council of Europe's main goals for young people are:
to encourage young people to play an active role in strengthening civil society in Europe;
to promote and develop youth policies in Europe, with special emphasis on youth participation.
For the period 2003 to 2005 the priorities in the youth sector are as follows:
the promotion of intercultural dialogue and peace;
human rights education and the promotion of human dignity and social cohesion;
participation and democratic citizenship;
support in defining and developing appropriate youth policies.
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 youth and sports programmes of the Council of Europe are integral parts of a wealth of initiatives aimed at the development of a common European cultural area and identity. The European Youth Centres in Strasbourg and Budapest, and the European Youth Foundation are vital instruments in implementing the programmes of activities.
The principle of youth participation finds its full expression in a system of co-management through which the Council of Europe develops its youth policy. Representatives of non-governmental youth bodies and government officials sit together in committees which set priorities for the youth sector and make proposals for the budget and programme. These proposals are then adopted by the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe's decision-making body.
These priorities are pursued through a wide range of activities, including training courses, study sessions, intercultural language courses, seminars, symposia, expert meetings, research, publications and advice on youth policy development. Special emphasis is given to ensuring and further developing their quality.
The Directorate of Youth and Sport brings together young people, youth associations and networks, government agencies and experts in an ongoing consultation on policy objectives and practice in the youth field. It encourages the development of youth associations, networks and initiatives, and stimulates international co-operation in this field.
The YOUTH programme is the EU's mobility and non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years.
The Programme is open to youth in 31 European countries. The YOUTH programme offers possibilities to young people in the form of both group exchanges and individual voluntary work, as well as support activities. The YOUTH programme started in spring 2000 but incorporates, and is based on, the experiences faced by the former Youth for Europe and European Voluntary Service programmes.There are National Agencies for the YOUTH programme established in all 30 Programme Countries. The Agencies assist with the promotion and implementation of the Programme at national level.Furthermore, the Euro-Med Youth programme II, involving 27 Euro-Mediterranean partner countries, is one of the YOUTH programme's main activities. National Coordinators based in the 12 Mediterranean partner countries facilitate the implementation of this Programme. The YOUTH programme also supports co-operation activities with other third countries in South East Europe (SEE), the Eastern Europe and the Caucasus (former CIS - Commonwealth of Independent States ) and Latin America (LA).
The Commission has created eight Resource centres within the YOUTH National Agencies. These Resource centres are called SALTO-YOUTH, and their role is to provide different kinds of resource and support to improve the quality of YOUTH projects in priority areas. The SALTO-YOUTH Resource centres provides training courses, training tools, information on good practices, networks and partnerships development, partner finding etc. They work in close cooperation with the National Agencies and the National Coordinators to reach the users of the YOUTH programme.