Global Solutions for Global Problems

Project Summary 

In 2020, several developments and environmental incidents have made everyone aware that some incidents can have global repercussions. This has shown the importance of investing in global solutions for problems/challenges that our society is facing today. JEF Europe has already engaged its members in developing solutions for European Governance to meet the challenges of the 21st century and is willing to do more.

One of the pressing issues we have been facing during recent years and young people especially have been vocal and active about, is climate change and its effects on our planet. With the project Global Solutions for Global Problems, JEF Europe in partnership with different global youth movements would like to organise a program for developing solutions for the governance of intergovernmental institutions with training and youth expert meetings in order to find common global solutions for global warming and climate change.

Objectives and goals

The main objectives are thus: 

    • Raise awareness among young people of the need for restructuring governance of international institutions to answer to today’s global challenges
    • Develop capacity of youth leaders from different global organisations for advocacy and working with global intergovernmental organisations. 
    • Develop collaborations among youth organisations active on global issues, specifically the climate crises through meetings and exchange of ideas. 
    • Developed set of recommendations by young people for the governance changes of intergovernmental organisations needed to tackle 21st century challenges.

Main Activities

Activity 1: Mapping of global youth movement – April to June 2021

It will aim at setting up the bases for the whole implementation of the upcoming activities and be a reference point for the development of the project and its needs, participants and implementation. The activity aims to create a “Who’s who” document on global youth movements, their work and advocacy on the subject of climate change.

Activity 2: Online networking and creation of the working groups – July to September 2021

This phase of the project will consist of a one-month Moodle and the creation of working groups where youth from all over the world will come together to develop global solutions. They will be a further important step to achieve the successful development of training modules for a larger audience, leading to the creation of a toolkit that is easy-accessible and matches the needs of the world-wide community of youth working on global solutions for climate change. 

Activity 3: Finalisation of recommendations and advocacy – September 2021

This activity will be based on the Working Groups outcomes and make  sure the final policy and advocacy outcomes of the projects will set a strong base for the work of the global network of youth organisations working on climate change. The results of the working groups  will be used by the organisations to advocate for the political opinion of young people active in working against climate change

Activity 4: Global Campaign – September to December 2021

The global campaign will aim at reaching out to as many young people as possible, making them aware of the importance of finding global solutions for global problems. The partners will act as contact points and multipliers for the activities. The campaign will be based on different activities:

    • Social media campaigns;
    • Essay competition;
    • Policy document development;
    • Participation to international events.

The global campaign will be the chance to advocate against climate change and raise awareness for the need for restructuring governance of international institutions to answer to today’s global challenges among young people of the world.

Activity 5: Closing event and plans for future steps – December 2021

The closing event will bring together all participants to reflect on the project and plan future steps. It will take place online & offline and last 2 days. To ensure a sustainable cooperation between the participation organisations in the future, a task force will be formed where members of each organisations will have a seat and come together regularly to evaluate the progress of the policy development and keep each other up-dated on the state of play of their advocacy work against climate change in different countries and areas of work.


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ACTIVITIES

Online Educational Activities and Working Groups

JEF Europe with 2 educators, who are Marinela Sumanjski and Monika Skadborg, developed a programme of online education which consisted of 3 modules with sets of activities that build on each other, 

It will offer diverse content on global solutions for the serious impact of global warming and will start on August 13rd 2021.

The objectives are the following:

    • Develop collaborations among youth organisations active on global issues through meetings and exchange of ideas.
    • Raise awareness among young people of the need for restructuring governance of international institutions to answer to today’s global challenges.
    • Develop capacity of youth leaders from different global organisations for advocacy and working with global intergovernmental organisations.
    • Develop collaborations among youth organisations active on global issues through meetings and exchange of ideas.
    • Creation of Working Groups which will be a space where young people from all over the globe can exchange their views and work together on solutions, making the solutions not ending at one country’s border.

In the Working Groups, the young volunteers will start developing a set of recommendations for the governance changes of intergovernmental organisations that will be further defined during activity 3, where the outcomes will be the base for one of the final outcomes of the project; the policy document “Youth Stand on 21st Century Inter-governmental institutions”.

At the same time the youth leaders will meet peers from different organisations and countries and have the chance to develop a professional network for the implementation of the global campaign and future corporations on global solution seeking.