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Youth Declaration on the Baltic Sea Region Development

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Adopted in the youth event ‘B-Young’ in Vilnius, Lithuania in May 2010 YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND THE BALTIC SEA REGION Encouraged by the cooperation among members of the Council of Baltic Sea States; Considering that common Baltic Sea region affairs appeal to millions of young people all around the region; Emphasizing that youth is one of the most important target groups as the future of every state depends directly on the education, development of personal skills and capacities of young people; Acknowledging that cooperation is a key for solutions to many subjects and problems; Anxious to improve the situation of various issues of the Baltic Sea region: • urge that the opinion of young people should be included in all decision-making processes through dialogue, participation and co-management both in local and regional levels; • encourage the CBSS to initiate the adoption of The Convention on Youth Rights and work toward broader recognition of the document; • note that sustainable youth policy should be based on research and exchange of best practices; • declare that a good cooperation lies in the capacity building of young people and the ability of adults to facilitate the process of youth participation; • recommend introducing and developing experiential learning in schools, starting from primary level; • recommend creating environmental non-formal education training concepts provided by youth NGOs within the framework of formal education; • suggest that the formal education system should support and promote non-formal learning, including: non-formal practice in formal education; co-operation with NGOs; lessons in schools about non-formal learning and its’ importance; • invite to create a concentrated media platform about non-formal education opportunities that would help young people exchange ideas and practices, promote cooperation and build networks; • recommend supporting a broader range of youth exchange programmes within the formal and non-formal structures by creating a special foundation; • call to facilitate the creation of a mobile non-formal learning academy that is based on voluntary work and moves around the region; • suggest improving entrepreneurship education for secondary school students by facilitating the exchange of experience among successful entrepreneurs and youth, promoting the establishment of school firms, establishing an option for advanced level course; • request establishing a multilingual business information centre that offers services for young people aiming to establish and find funding for an enterprise; • further invite facilitating the acquisition of student visa in the Baltic Sea Region and the introduction of Baltic Youth Card that offers more opportunities for young people to travel easier in the Baltic Sea Region and works as a free wlan – card; • suggest unifying and simplifying the practicalities around public transportation providing an online Baltic Sea Region route planer; • considering that youth and community should put efforts in order to accept changes in society, recommend to improve communication and dialogue between young people and representatives of community encouraging tolerance and understanding of diversity; • being very concerned about the environment and the climate change call for the cooperation on developing green technology as well as the need for CBSS to influence the EU to play a leading role in combating climate change on a global level; • emphasize that the protection of the Baltic Sea must be agreed and the responsibility shared in order to combat the pollution; • suggest increasing environmental education activities by using non-formal education as well as greater usage of media and information centres on national level so that all the actors involved in the environmental education could have access to qualitative information materials.

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