The Young BSF model has grown and changed over time and Young BSF has become a unique meeting place for a diverse array of young leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, thinkers and social activists, offering them a platform to share their visions, exchange ideas and connect with one-another. The Young BSF 2019 will host young leaders under the title “Youth as a (Future) (Re)source”.
Young BSF 2019, between 31 August – 3 September 2019, will reflect the topics of the BSF and focus on sources and resources of (in)stability, looking to young people as a (re)source for the future. The young people that will attend this year’s edition of Young BSF will show that youth is a valuable resource in many ways. Young people are not valued only as potential contributors to society as adults-to-be, but also as they are now, as the youth, whereby they contribute to society for the very reason that they are young, full of innovative ideas and capable of thinking out of the box.
Special emphasis at the Young BSF will be given to cross-regional cooperation. A new generation of leaders will demonstrate that such cooperation is not only necessary, but indeed inevitable for positive next steps in democratisation, advancement of human rights, sustainable development, women’s empowerment, counter-terrorism and addressing climate change. To achieve all this, young leaders have to learn from their peers from different regions, sharing their knowledge, ideas and know-how. Sustainable regional cooperation programmes are the key to a comprehensive, inclusive and innovative approach that engages youth and prepares agents for change.
This year 40 young experts will spend three full days in Ljubljana and two at Bled, where they will in interactive discussions share their innovative ideas, challenges they face and good practices they are aware of. Twenty-six participants are coming from Danube region and they are excited to meet their peers from other European and non-European countries. Through common work and debates they will work on policy recommendations that will be presented at the main stages of the Bled Strategic Forum.
Youth, being an essential cornerstone of dynamic civil societies, should be given an opportunity to:
• Contribute to regional integration,
• Be the herald of European values and democratic leadership with dedication and perseverance,
• Identify topics of common interest and tackle issues of shared concern for communities in the region.