AEGEE-Europe offers Youth a platform to discuss on the issue of globalisation

Globalisation is the cobweb of the 21st century. It transcends all boundaries and borders, and has economic, political, cultural, as well as social implications. Through globalisation, people become more able - physically, culturally and psychologically - to engage with each other in 'one world'.

AEGEE, the European Students Forum provides the ideal platform for students and young graduates to voice their views and vibrant opinions on contemporary issues in world affairs. For the year 2003, 'Youth & Globalisation' represents the yearplan project within the wider framework chosen of  'Europe in the world' which aims at attracting European students’ attention to global issues and give them the opportunity to make their voice heard, to wake up the sensitivity of the others. The ultimate challenge of the project team will be to organise a meeting gathering both European and non-European students to interact and above all to discuss the possible ways of cooperation on the grassroots level, provide alternative solutions to protect weak, take away the sharp edges of the phenomenon of globalisation and sketch up how the youth would like to see the globalised world of the year 2015.

The World Youth Summit, December 2003, Brussels will be the grand closure of the 'Youth and Globalisation' project, the Year Plan Project of AEGEE for 2003. In essence, the World Youth Summit aims to bring together 200 youth opinion leaders from all over the world to create an analysis of globalisation from a European perspective. This is done by providing valuable input from young citizens and key actors in the globalisation process for the decision makers of today.

The comparative analyses of the participants with the European perspective will give the discussion further depth while at the same time raise the awareness among European youth of ways in which globalisation affects Europe and the world. Consequently, the role that the European Union should play in the globalisation of the world will be clarified. By bringing all these different perspectives together, the participants will create strategies for dealing with the process of globalisation in form of a Strategy Policy Paper.

The whole Summit is based on a series of six seminars dealing with different aspects of Globalisation, a survey and several debates organised by local bodies of AEGEE all over Europe. The six seminars have been taking place throughout the summer months and will end early November 2003 in a joint seminar analysing the five-angled fold discussion on globalisation. In conclusion, the results and opinions of the participants will be assembled and will form the basis of the position paper that will be presented at the World Youth Summit where it will serve as the spring-board for further discussion.

The Study Meeting on Geocommunication “Communication as a Privilege?” took place in July in Bayreuth, Germany. The seminar looked critically at the matrix of high speed and interconnected telecommunications in developed countries, ‘the information society’. Participants discussed the growing digital divide, both between the developed and the undeveloped world as well as inside the developed world. It has been affirmed that the ownership and control of information together with the role of communications in the 21st century will increasingly be of importance and therefore, our society must ensure that everybody has the same possibilities and rights.

In the end of July, the World Bank in Paris, France hosted the Study Meeting on Economics “The Rich Get Richer And the Poor Get Poorer.” Here the participants investigated the risks and opportunities of globalisation for Europeans, as well as explored policy options for securing stable and just economic conditions on a global scale. In its conclusion, limelight has been thrown on the International economic organisations as well as transnational companies which should play a stronger role to unleash the potential of global development and to treat global issues with a worldwide dynamic approach. 

In August,  the cultural aspects of globalisation was studied at the seminar “Towards a Blurring of Identities?” held in Riga, Latvia. The processes of cultural integration set in motion by the breakdown of physical, mental and social borders were investigated. The participants also addressed the future of ‘European’ values and which values the Convention’s new constitutional treaty should endorse. 

In the forthcoming weeks, students will gather in Cluj-Napoca, Romania to discuss politics under the topic“Europe the Mediator, Europe the Superpower?” This seminar will explore the future of the European Union, having particular regard to the balance of intergovernmental and supranational powers and what roles and rules the European Union should adopt in order to ensure stable, transparent and democratic development in a globalised world.

 The last study meeting addresses the inter-relation between civil society and globalisation which will take place in October under the title, “Citizen of Europe - Citizen of the World?” In Izmir, Turkey, we intend to concentrate on conceptions of citizenship and political participation with particular attention to the evolution of identity and civil society in Europe of today and in the one of tomorrow.

All these five study meetings results will be discussed in Trieste and Udine in Italy in November. The joint session will bring together the participants of the previous seminars in order to combine the results and draft the position paper that will be finalised at the World Youth Summit in December 2003. This conclusion will outline concrete policy recommendations for the European Union in addressing globalisation, as well as institutional guidelines for the future role of Europe in the world.

The AEGEE network consists of 260 local branches in 42 European countries, gathering 17.000 members. Our aim is to promote a unified Europe, cross-border co-operation, communication, integration among students and we strive to create an open and tolerant society of tomorrow. Our main fields of action are Higher Education, Peace and Stability, Cultural Exchange and Active Citizenship.

For more information please contact:
Monica Zarna

“Youth and Globalisation” PR Responsible

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