In this issue: Youth North and South of the Mediterranean: Facing Security Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities

15 October 2016
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Image PlaceholderThe fight against radicalization and violent extremism – especially of young people – as well as the fight against terrorism were the main topics of the OSCE Mediterranean Conference 2016 and will also be a priority of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship 2017.

Over 10,000 people from the OSCE region have joined the IS terrorist network. They commit terrible crimes in Iraq and Syria and are a significant security risk, when they return to our countries. A great number of them are young people, who are often socially and economically excluded from their societies and who do not see any perspective for their future. They need our increased attention. Therefore, I am grateful that we succeeded in organizing a broad and active participation of youth representatives from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean region during this year’s conference.

For us, close co-operation with the Mediterranean countries is crucial in order to be able to fight effectively against radicalization and violent extremism.

Sebastian Kurz
Austrian Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
Satellite map of Mediterranean region's cities night (iStockphoto/Gianluca D'Auri Muscelli)

Youth North and South of the Mediterranean: Facing Security Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities

This year’s OSCE Mediterranean Conference, held in Vienna on 5-6 October, provided a platform for exchanging views and experiences from north and south of the Mediterranean. Representatives of the OSCE participating States and Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation had the opportunity to share their experiences as well as compile forward-looking recommendations in order to strengthen dialogue and enhance concrete opportunities for youth. Learn more about the conference.

Youth can be a driver of OSCE Mediterranean Partnership

The 2016 OSCE Mediterranean Conference went beyond a debate on issues of common concern for European and Mediterranean countries – it was about a common future and the central role played by youth from both northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean. Read our story to learn more, watch interviews and see photos from the event.

VIDEO: Interviews from the Conference

Watch our videos to hear from the following participants of the 2016 OSCE Mediterranean Conference on Youth North and South of the Mediterranean:
  • Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for European, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria
  • Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General
  • Suadad Nabil Najim, Counsellor at the League of Arab States
  • Ambassador Hussam Al Husseini, Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Vincenzo Amendola, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Martin Kobler, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya
  • Hassan Abdel Moneim Mostafa, Senior Regional Adviser for North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf States International Organization for Migration

Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation

The OSCE maintains special relations with six Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Over the years, the OSCE has been able to share experiences and conduct capacity-building with the Mediterranean Partners on a number of topics. Learn more about this partnership.

PUBLICATION: A Compilation of Relevant Documents and Information on the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation

This publication contains an in-depth overview of the relationship between the OSCE and its Mediterranean Partners featuring significant historical documents, a table of current and past projects with the Mediterranean Partners, and a compilation of key findings originating from relevant OSCE events that have taken place since the Vilnius Ministerial Council in 2011, among others. Download the PDF to learn more.

Preventing violent extremism: perspectives from Western European youth

They have seen the toll of violent extremism on their peers and communities. They know what it is from first-hand experiences, not from the newspapers, not from policy-makers. Moad, Stefan, Sabra and Mina are among 16 youth representatives, activists, volunteers and young professionals from Western Europe, who came to the OSCE to share how young people understand and work to prevent and counter this threat. Watch our video to hear their stories.

VIDEO: More #UnitedCVE stories

The “Youth and the Prevention of Violent Extremism” workshop on Western European Perspectives was organized by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the OSCE on 4 October in Vienna. The participants developed recommendations for governments, which were presented by one of them to the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation at the 2016 OSCE Mediterranean Conference on 5 October. Watch more video stories.

OSCE responses to the crisis in and around Ukraine

OSCE responses to the crisis in and around Ukraine include high-level diplomacy and multilateral dialogue; monitoring the security situation on the ground; promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and strengthening democratic institutions and practices. Check out our dedicated portal for the latest news, reports and stories.

Daily updates from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

To get a better understanding of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, read the daily updates provided for the public and the media by the teams of special monitors.

Reports from the Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk

Read weekly first-hand information from the team of OSCE observers on the situation at the border checkpoints.
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