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9. Youth and the World

In general, the activities regarding global issues are initiated and implemented by Civil Society Organizations that are targeting youth. 

Republic of North Macedonia is part of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) which is a result of Berlin process. RYCO office was established in Tirana and there is a local branch in all Balkan countries part of RYCO, as well as in Skopje. RYCO is aiming to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region through exchange opportunities and sharing experiences. RYCO is promoting reconciliation, trust, cooperation and dialogue in the Western Balkans through supporting and funding projects which bring youth of the region together.

European Youth Forum - a platform for national youth councils and international youth NGOs in Europe. It seeks to promote the rights of young people in international institutions such as the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

The European Youth Forum operates in the field of youth policy and youth work development. The focus of its work is on European youth issues, while through its global engagement, it improves the capacities of its members and also promotes global interdependence. In its day-to-day work, the European Youth Forum presents the views and opinions of youth organizations in all relevant fields and promotes the cross-sectoral nature of youth policy towards different institutional actors. The principles of equality and sustainable development are an integral part of the work of the European Youth Forum.

As of July 2017, the forum consists of 43 National Youth Councils and 61 international youth NGOs, with a total of 104 bodies from across Europe including National Youth Council of Macedonia who become a member in 2015.

WBYCP stands for Western Balkans Youth Cooperation Platform. WBYCP is a grassroots regional youth platform implemented by Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI), together with the umbrella youth organizations of the six Western Balkans Countries - National Youth Congress of Albania, National Youth Council of Macedonia, National Youth Council of Serbia, High School Students Union of Montenegro, Central Youth Action Council of Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina Association for United Nations -, and with the support of Hanns Seidel Foundation.

With the aim to promote youth connectivity in the Balkans, WBYCP offers a unique and tailor-made space to youngsters from the region where they meet, plan, organize, implement and voice up their action. In WBYCP youngsters can find partners for joint activities, design and implement joint initiatives, exchange ideas, consult a youth library, and built and carry outreach and lobbying action. WBYCP is designed to function as a resource center for youth in the Western Balkans.