9.1 General context
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The National Programme for Youth 2013–2022 (Resolucija o Nacionalnem programu za mlade2013–2022) aims to support and foster the participation and representation of young women and men (see 6.2.1, priority sub-field 3: encouraging and strengthening of permanent mechanisms for consultation with young people). The programme mainly addresses structured dialogue in an attempt to ensure timely and effective contributions on the part of young people to the formulation of public policies that concern them. Young people should increase their awareness so that they can actively influence the shaping of public policies in the EU. Young people should also become awareness of their joint ownership of the European idea.
Consequently, the main concepts of this program are in accordance with the new European Union’s notion of ‘structured dialogue’.
Slovenia made significant steps in establishing a national youth policy after joining the European Union. In 2010, the Public Interest in Youth Sector Act (Zakon o javnem interesu v mladinskemsektorju) was adopted, which established key youth policy definitions and provided the basis for the adoption of the National Programme for Youth.
There have been no recent studies of young people’s interest or participation in global issues.
A youth dialogue event was held with decision makers in November of 2016 (Dialog mladih s premierjem). This event included young people and the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Miro Cerar. The conference program was based on concrete proposals and measures in support of the “For social changes” (Za družbene spremembe) movement, specifically three key areas of the 5th Structured Dialogue cycle that promote a more tolerant environment:
- entrepreneurship and job creation
- youth employment
- enabling young people to participate in a diverse, integrated and inclusive Europe.
In Sustainable Development:
- Youth Association No Excuse Slovenia (Mladinska zveza Brez Izgovora) actively informs youth about the latest developments and events concerning sustainable development.
- The National Youth Council of Slovenia (Mladinski svet Slovenije) has published a brochure on sustainable development in relation to the Slovenian youth sector called Sustainable Development and Youth Organisations (Trajnostni razvoj in mladinske organizacije).
- The Youth Section of the United Nations Associations of Slovenia (Društvo za Združenenarode za Slovenijo) unites young members (15–29 years) of UNAS and deals with UN topics that especially concern youth.
In Human Rights:
- For initiatives in informal learning, detailed information can be found in sub-section 9.4: Raising awareness about global issues, Informal Learning.
- Participation in the No Hate Speech Movement, which is coordinated by the National Youth Council of Slovenia and includes educational workshops on the topic of human rights and hate speech (Mlad.si).
In UN Millennium Development Goals:
- A public competition featuring contributions in the form of art work, photography, comic books or literary texts on the topic "Show the way to gender equality" (Mlad.si).
- Combating AIDS/HIV with annual Virus Project (Projekt Virus), which aims to increase the awareness of AIDS/HIV and is implemented by the Slovenian Medical Students’ International Committee Ljubljana (Društvo študentov medicine Slovenija).
- The UN Youth Delegate (Mladinski delegat OZN) is a relatively new programme in Slovenia. The National Youth Council of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Office for Youth and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has coordinated this program since 2014. The UN Youth Delegate spreads the message of the work of the United Nations and acts as a voice for young people from Slovenia in the UN. At the international level, a delegate usually participates in the regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York and the Third Committee meeting dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, and such a delegate can also be involved in other high-level meetings at the international level. In the course of a one-year mandate, the delegate accomplishes the following:
- advocating, preparing and conducting workshops for young people.
- preparing content articles regarding areas covered by the United Nations.
- linking himself or herself with actors who are closely associated with the functioning of the organisation.
Furthermore, UN Youth Delegate also cooperates and works closely with Sector for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they offer help and support in the preparation for the UN General Assembly. Annual participation at the UN General Assembly in New York also enables for both Slovenia and Youth Delegate to communicate the views and positions of Slovenia, as well as exchange of views with other stakeholders and decision-makers of foreign governments.