The second Western Balkans Regional Youth Partnership All-Network meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia, in which the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) is taking part, began on March 16th and will last until the 19th of March,
The second Western Balkans Regional Youth Partnership All-Network meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia, in which the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) is taking part, began on March 16th and will last until the 19th of March, with a focus on culture, given that Novi Sad was the Culture Capital of Europe in 2022.
On Thursday the participants had a chance to hear the importance of inter-ethnic cooperation during the welcome dinner by keynote speaker, Mr. Boris Milicevic, Assistant Minister for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue in Serbia.
On Friday, in line with the culture theme, participants took part in a session titled “Culture of Dialogue: From Conflicting to Understanding” from Leon Malazogu, former Kosovo Ambassador to Japan, diplomat and expert on International Peace Studies and a study visit in Bač, visiting the Fortress of Bač, Franciscan Monastery, Turkish Bath and Dida’s Ethno-House, emphasizing the collision and fusion of Eastern and Western Cultures in this town.
On Saturday, the participants enjoyed a walking tour in Novi Sad with a focus on education and healthcare as anchors of unity in multi-ethnic communities. Further, a panel titled “Overcoming Post-Conflict Trauma with Art” with panelists from all three countries will be presented. Participants will have a unique chance to have a conversation with His Excellency, the United States Ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill.
Sunday is reserved for a session named “Cultural Heritage - European Strategies and Policies” by Vesna Marjanovic, General Secretary of Europa Nostra Serbia and reflections on the completed identity meetings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia.
This project is supported by USAID and implemented by Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sarajevo, Divac Foundation, Peer Education Network (PEN), PRONI, and International Republican Institute Global (branches in Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia).