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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 29 March 2024
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  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


On governmental level, the most important body for defining policies on youth and other related issues is the Cyprus Council of Ministers, which approves all important decisions. However, the development and implementation of policies concerning youth and the world is under the jurisdiction of the European and International Issues Office of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MOESY) which is the main responsible department of the Ministry for the implementation of the EU and International policies for youth in Cyprus, in collaboration with the Youth Board of Cyprus (YBC), which is also the main advisory governmental body for the promotion and identification of youth related policies and measures.

Moreover, among the responsibilities and aims of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order is  to consistently promote the respect of human rights. Specifically, the Human Rights Department of the Ministry, elaborates, recommends and forms actions and initiatives aimed at further promoting the principles of respect for human rights and strengthening the institutional framework for their exercise. The first National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights ("Εθνική Στρατηγική και Εθνικό Σχέδιο Δράσης για την Προστασία και Προαγωγή των Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων") was approved by the Council of Ministers in 2021  (Απόσπασμα από τα Πρακτικά της Συνεδρίας του Υπουργικού Συμβουλίου Ημερομηνίας 2/6/2021). An action plan has been prepared by the Ministy of Justice and Public Order in cooperation with the Law Department of the University of Cyprus. 

In addition, various other public authorities are involved in international cooperation and activities for young people according to the topic of interest, such as the Office of the  Commissioner for the Environment (Γραφείο Επιτρόπου Περιβάλλοντος), the Unit for Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (“Μονάδα Εκπαίδευσης για το Περιβάλλον και τηνΑειφόρο Ανάπτυξη”) which is a horizontal structure of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cross-sectorial cooperation

The National Youth Strategy incorporates the mechanism for cross-sectoral cooperation between Ministries, Departments, Agencies involved in defining policies and measures regarding youth's contribution to global processes of policy-making, implementation and follow-up, including youth cooperation at the global level.