Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully

Youth and Governance

Go-Governance assistant was selected to attend an OSCE/ODIHR youth event in Warsaw to promote political participation and good governance

The Warsaw based OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) organized a two-day Youth Leadership Forum for 35 young leaders, young civil society representatives and parliamentarians from South-East Europe, as well as Central and Western Europe, Canada and the United States, with the focus on the promotion of youth political participation in the OSCE region.


Go-Governance Assistant Aleks Semerciyan was selected to attend and commented “that it was a great experience to participate in this high-level Forum. To interact with so many interesting and ambitious young people from the northern hemisphere and discuss with them youth political participation was a unique opportunity.”


They worked on the issue of youth political participation in three groups prior and during the conference – Voice, Influence and Governance. These three groups were supported by excellent researchers, practitioners and OSCE experts in drafting recommendations and concrete action points for OSCE governments for the development of more inclusive youth policies.


Aleks was involved in the group focusing on Governance, where they discussed the issues of declination of youth participation, alternative forms of participation with a focus on social media and new technologies and as a third topic the removal of certain barriers and challenges for youth. “The working atmosphere and the energy in our Governance Team was inspiring and all members participated actively and ambitiously to make a difference. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact of our recommendations and the next steps of this important issue, because youth political participation is at the core of democracy!” concluded Aleks.