International Forum of EYP - Ukraine
HOST CITY: ODESA TOPIC: “Sunrise of ECOunity” PROPOSED DATES: 16-19 AUGUST, 2012 NAME OF HEAD ORGANIZERS: Anna Lachykhina, Vitalii Ovsiiuk
CONTENTS: DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES PROGRAMME OF THE SESSION ACTIVITIES
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
rom 16 till 19 of August 2012 EYP – Ukraine will hold its 1st Odesa International Forum that will gather around 100 participants from different Ukrainian cities and abroad. Acknowledging social potential of southern region of our country EYP - Ukraine would like to develop it by conducting its activities starting with Odesa International Forum in one of the beautiful port cities. This session will gather many participants from Ukraine as well as from European countries and by these means will promote Ukraine and help to create its positive image abroad. Odesa International Forum will be conducted in 4-days period in format of the classical EYP International Forum structure of 1 day of teambuilding, 2 days of committee work and the last General Assembly day. Forum will be hold under the motto ‘Sunrise of ECOunity’. Prior to the Forum, delegates will have to do a research on ecology that relate to national security, scarcity of natural resources, environmental pollution, ecological culture, ecological health. During the Forum the researches will be used for productive committee work. They will also be given a chance to explore Odesa – famous touristic port city of Ukraine of the Black Sea cost. The evening activities will include traditional EYP Eurovillage, as well as welcoming and farewell parties. The activities will be planed in a way that they will be interesting and amusing enough for all of the young people attending the Session.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
he European Youth Parliament (EYP) is one of the largest pan-European platforms for raising awareness for European issues, intercultural dialogue and the promotion of active democratic citizenship among high school and university students in the 16-22 age group.
They develop political proposals and visions for a future Europe in international teamwork and discuss them in a plenary session in both English and French following a parliamentary procedure. The Forum provides the delegates with a possibility to actively engage themselves in the moulding of their future European society by discovering each other’s similarities and differences in culture and opinions and by building on their participation, negotiation and diplomacy skills. This is how democracy, intercultural teamwork, European ideas and international understanding are experienced though non-formal education. Odesa International Forum aims are: • Engaging Ukrainian youth in the discussions and debates on topical problems of their regions and also on shared Ukrainian and European issues, • Motivating young people from Ukraine to get into current European ecological issues; • Enabling Ukrainian youth to share new approaches to regional and European issues on ecology; • Confronting students with a democratic decision making process with all its challenges and advantages and to thereby contribute to active democratic citizenship development; • Providing Ukrainian youth with the experience of research, debate and process of democratic decision and policy making for regional, national and international political issues; • Contributing to the students’ personal development such as English language skills and the ability to work in an international team with foreign EYP-members chairing the committees; • Promoting and enabling inter-cultural dialogue such as getting to know others, developing a feeling for the diversity of cultures and opinions in Europe, respecting these differences and learning how to tolerate with different cultures; • Raising awareness and knowledge among Ukrainian and European youth of such an important and up-to-date issue as alarming state of ecology, which endangers national security of each country. We believe that youths in Ukrainian regions have fewer opportunities to get involved in the activities of international NGOs in general and the European Youth Parliament in particular, but what is even more important – to get a chance to debate and voice their own opinion regarding urgent domestic and international issues.
PROGRAMME AND ACTIVITIES
15TH AUGUST, 2012 till 14:00 Arrival of officials 14:00 - 19:00 Teambuilding of officials 19:00 - Dinner and free time 16TH AUGUST, 2012 08:30 – 9:30 Breakfast for officials 9:30 – 13:00 Arrival of the delegates/Chair’s training 13:00 – 13:45 Lunch 14:00 – 15:00 General Teambuilding 15:00 – 15:15 Coffee-break 15:15 – 19:00 Teambuilding in the committees 19:15 – 19:45 Transfer to the Hotel 19:45 – 20:30 Preparations for Welcoming party 20:30 – 24:00 Welcoming party 17TH AUGUST, 2012 08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast 08:45 – 09:00 Transfer to the Opening ceremony 09:00 – 10:00 Opening ceremony 10:15 – 10:45 Transfer to the Committee work venue 11:00 – 13:30 Committee work (Coffee-break) 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch 14:30 – 18:00 18.00 - 19.00 Committee work (Coffee-break) Dinner 19:15 – 20:00 Transfer to the Eurovillage venue and preparations 20:00 – 21:00 Country presentations 21:00 – 23:00 Eurovillage 18TH AUGUST, 2012 08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast 08:45 – 09:00 Transfer to the Committee work venue 09:00 – 14:00 Committee work (Coffee-breaks) 14:00 – 15:00 Lunch 15:00 – 18:00 Committee work – sum up and resolution writing (coffeebreak) 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner 19:00 – 20:00 Transfer to the Hotel and Preparations for Farewell party 20:00 – 20:30 Transfer to the Farewell party venue 20:30 – 24:00 Farewell party 19TH AUGUST, 2012 07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast and check out 08:00 – 09:00 Transfer to General Assembly (GA) venue 09:00 – 09:30 Opening ceremony of GA 09:30 – 13:30 GA (committees I, II, III, IV) (Coffee-breaks) 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch 14:30 – 18:30 GA (committees V, VI, VII, VIII,) (Coffee-breaks) 18:30 – 19:30 Closing ceremony of GA 19:30 - … Departures of the participants
Teambuilding Teambuilding in the context of the European Youth Parliament means communication training focused on group dynamics. Delegates will get to know each other through a series of group dynamic exercises and problem solving tasks, which will help forming a team. Teambuilding helps to overcome language barrier and establish strong communication skills in order to become one solid team. Experienced EYP officials are previously trained for teambuilding. Activities can be both outdoor and indoor. Teambuilding contributes to fruitful communication and cooperation, and is an essential stage before committee work. Opening Ceremony The Opening Ceremony will officially mark the start of the academic part of the session. Opening Ceremony is planned to be held in the Odesa City Council. Committee work During committee work delegates will have many controversial discussions on current issues of European politics. They will have to find different, new and innovative solutions, try their best to employ different cultural backgrounds and acquired experiences. The goal of Committee Work will be a strong and meaningful resolution that will be discussed at the General Assembly. General Assembly The General Assembly reunites all the participants of the Odesa International Forum to consider the results of the committee work. Each committee presents and defends their motion for a resolution, which is debated upon for approximately one hour by the Assembly. A voting procedure takes place at the end of each event. The vote is based solely on the personal conscience of each delegate. Those resolutions which are passed are subsequently presented to the national and international governing bodies. While it is true that the European Parliament has gone on to discuss issues brought up by EYP resolutions, the main aim of EYP is not to exert political influence but to enable the participants to experience democratic decision making. Generally Assembly is planned to be held in the Odesa City Council. Evening Activities The participants of the Odesa International Forum will take part in various interesting activities. And those activities will not only mean hard work! To reward the participants for their achievements and fruitful cooperation, organising team will offer a number of fun evening activities. Besides entertaining and relaxing events, participants will have a chance to take part in formal ones, which are an essential part of the Odesa International Forum and are presented in the next subchapter. Eurovillage The idea of the Eurovillage event is for all the delegations from different countries to put together their own stall to present local products and culture. The presentation tables usually include a variety of local food and drinks, brochures, small gifts and other national symbols. Quite often the delegation even wears their respective national costumes to make the event a colourful celebration of the different nations of Europe. Country Presentation Evening The Country Presentation Evening will provide each delegation with a chance to showcase their national culture and customs through song, dance or other performances. Each country will have no more than five minutes for this performance, which all together comprise a magnificent showcase of differences and similarities the over 15 nations of Europe.
Head-organisers Vitalii Ovsiiuk
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