Coordinator of Yeghegnadzor Aarhus Center- the Model OSCE Youth Ambassador
The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE views security as comprehensive and works to address the three dimensions of security – the politico-military, the economic and environmental, and the human – as an integrated whole. OSCE participating States enjoy equal status within the Organization, and decisions are taken by consensus. The OSCE Chairmanship rotates annually.
In 2014, Switzerland will be chairing the OSCE which is the very first member-state to hold the chairmanship for a second time. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE for 2014, proposed as priority of the year the theme “Creating a security community for the benefit of everyone”.
Switzerland will pursue three objectives as chair:
- to foster security and stability in Europe ,
- to improve people’s lives,
- to strengthen the OSCE and increase its capacity to take action.
As part of its third objective, Switzerland wants to strengthen the voice of young people and enhance their involvement within OSCE structures. To achieve this goal, Switzerland has organized a Model OSCE series in which one delegate from each of the 57 OSCE participating States will be invited to participate.
From Armenia was elected N. Beglaryan, young activist having skills and experience in working with youth who is also the coordinator of Yeghegnazor Aarhus Center.
By means of simulations of two specific OSCE decision-making bodies, the delegates will get familiar with OSCE structures and -themes. The participants will have the opportunity to acquire and develop various skills in diplomacy and negotiation, public speaking, communication, problem resolution of international issues, and critical thinking. They will improve their team-work and leadership abilities and meet other young people from the 57 OSCE participating States.
The Model OSCE’s first meeting was held in Vienna on January 14-18. “Young Ambassadors” jointly discussed and developed Youth Action Plan (YAP) that will be submitted to the OSCE. The second simulation will take part in summer/autumn in Belgrade. The delegates will continue their negotiations in the role as “foreign ministers” of their own countries and conclude them by taking a decision on their “Youth Action Plan’s” content. During the OSCE Ministerial Council organized by the Swiss Chairmanship taking place in Basel on December 4-5, 2014, the 57 delegates will have the opportunity to meet the foreign ministers of the OSCE participating States and present their “Youth Action Plan”.
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Translated by Anush Beybutyan