Platforms & International Organisations

AEGEE-Europe is also involved in bigger platforms and works with many other international institutions and organizations to bring a students perspective to each one of the processes.

Platforms

YFJ

European Youth Forum (YFJ)

AEGEE-Europe is a full member organization of the European Youth Forum since 1998. AEGEE started the process of becoming a candidate member in 1997 and one year later it obtained the full membership status. The European Youth Forum is the biggest youth representation platform we have in the continent.

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European Youth Forum’s abbreviation is YFJ which stands from “ Youth Forum Jeunesse” because of the origins of the platform.

“The vision of the European Youth Forum is to be the voice of young people in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens.”

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Representing 99 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations, we believe youth organisations are the tool through which we empower, encourage, involve, represent, reach out and support young people. The Youth Forum brings together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe, organised in order to represent their common interests.

AEGEE participates actively in the processes and opportunities of the European Youth Forum, from being represented in YFJ’s COMEMs (Council of Members) and General Assemblies, to its Working Groups and Expert Ad Hoc Task Forces  as well as its Pool of Trainers (PoT) and advocacy campaigns.

AEGEE has been represented in the Board of the European Youth Forum 2 times. AEGEE has also been elected by the members of the European Youth Forum COMEM for the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe.

EMI

European Movement International (EMI)

The EUROPEAN MOVEMENT is an international organisation open to all political, economic, social and cultural trends in civil society. Its objective is to “contribute to the establishment of a united, federal Europe founded on the principles of peace, democracy, liberty, solidarity, and respect for basic human rights.

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It seeks to provide a structure to encourage and facilitate the active participation of citizens and civil society organisations in the development of a united Europe”. Its 42 National Councils and 32 associated Member Organisations work towards bringing together representatives from European associations, political parties, enterprises, trade unions and individual lobbyists.

Born over half a century ago, the EUROPEAN MOVEMENT has played a crucial role in the construction of Europe. The EUROPEAN MOVEMENT’s main focus of attention centres on influencing political, social and cultural arenas within the framework of the European Civil Society.

AEGEE-Europe is a full members of the European Movement International (EMI) since 2011 and participates in EMI’s Members Council, Federal Assemblies and Political Committees trying to bring a student and youth perspective to the work of the platform.

EUCIS

European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL)

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) gathers 36 European networks working in education and training. Together, these organisations cover all sectors of education and training including networks for secondary and higher education, vocational education and training, adult education and popular education; networks for students, school heads, parents, HRD professionals, teachers and trainers.

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AEGEE-Europe is a full member in the European Civil Society Platform for lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) and contributes actively to the work of the platform through its Task Forces and Ad Hoc groups, specially on the topics of Non Formal Education and Informal Learning recognition, validation, and certification, as well in EUCIS-LLL’s advocacy work toward EU Education policies.

AEGEE is one of the founding organizations of the EUCIS-LLL platform, signing its constitution in 2005.

AEGEE has been elected for the board of EUCIS-LLL and is currently represented by our Secretary General who holds the position of Vice President. 

European Civic Forum (ECF)

The European Civic Forum (ECF) is a transnational network that brings together over 100 associations and NGOs across 27 countries in Europe and is actively working to promote civic and popular ownership of Europe. Facing this growing civic disaffection across Europe, it is more critical than ever to foster citizens’ engagement for a collective project and the emergence of a European public space where the role and influence of civil society are fully recognized though the setting up of a genuine European civil dialogue.

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AEGEE participates in the initiatives and conferences which the European Civic Forum organizes around Europe. In 2013 AEGEE was one of the founding NGOs which together composed the European Year of Citizens Alliance 2013 (EYCA 2013) for the EU year of Citizens. The EYCA 2013 was leaded by the European Civic Forum.

AEGEE-Europe was founding member and currently board member of the European Civic Forum. AEGEE-Europe has been in the board of the ECF several terms, always represented by the President of AEGEE-Europe. 

Informal Forum of International Student Organizations (IFISO)

IFISO – Informal Forum of International Student Organisations. IFISO is an informal forum for international officers of pluralistic, “non-political” and not-for-profit international (worldwide, European, etc.) student-run organizations.

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Currently the IFISO network consists of a multi-disciplinary mix of 27 such NGOs, covering more than 2 million students all together. These organizations are, as of 27 July 2010: AEGEE, AIESEC, BEST, EDSA, EESTEC, EFPSA, EGEA, ELSA, ELASA, EMSA, EPSA, ESN, ESSA, ESTIEM, EUROAVIA, FISEC, IAAS, IADS, IAPS, IAPSS, IEEE, IFMSA, IFSA, IPSF, ISHA, IVSA and JADE. While not being a formal entity (no by-laws, no obligations, no fees, no official spokespersons or officers, etc.), IFISO as an informal forum is still quite influential because it creates the necessary environment for international student organizations to collaborate on all possible levels in order to strengthen their capacities through knowledge sharing and identification of synergies. AEGEE-Europe is also a member of IFISO (Informal Forum of International Student Organizations) and has been elected several times for its leadership management board.

Institutions

United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

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Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

The UN has 4 main purposes

  • To keep peace throughout the world;

  • To develop friendly relations among nations;

  • To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;

  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.

The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.

AEGEE-Europe has consultative status at the United Nations, working closely with UNESCO, ECOSOC, UNEP, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO and other agencies and bodies.

Council of Europe (CoE)

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

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The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned. The European Union is preparing to sign the European Convention on Human Rights, creating a common European legal space for over 820 million citizens.

Headquarters and offices

The Council of Europe has its headquarters in Strasbourg, France. It employs 2 200 people, and maintains external and liaison offices to other international organisations. The European Youth Centres in Strasbourg and Budapest offer training for young people in democracy and human rights issues.

AEGEE has had for many years an active involvement in the different processes and initiatives of the Council of Europe.

In 1993 AEGEE-Europe got an official NGO status by the Council of Europe.

AEGEE-Europe works closely inside the Council of Europe.

In 2013 AEGEE was elected to be represented in the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe who is in charge of mainstreaming youth policies around the institution and to support other bodies whose policies and decisions affect young people.

AEGEE is also involved in the Conference of INGOs and works closely with the Youth Department and the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. 

World Bank

World Bank

The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030:

  • End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%

  • Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country

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The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.

Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. We have more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide.

AEGEE-Europe works with the World Bank, participating in its different fora, always to provide a student perspective, but also to disseminate the opportunities which the World Bank offers to young people 

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

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The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. Its  analyses and compare data to predict future trends. The OECD sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We look, too, at issues that directly affect the lives of ordinary people, like how much they pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, the OECD recommends policies designed to make the lives of ordinary people better. It works with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee. We have active contacts as well with other civil society organisations. The common thread of its work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. Along the way, it also sets out to make life harder for the terrorists, tax dodgers, crooked businessmen and others whose actions undermine a fair and open society.

AEGEE-Europe works with the OECD, especially in terms of education and employment of young people.

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities.

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The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. Its  analyses and compare data to predict future trends. The OECD sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis. Security touches on many aspects of the way we live and are governed. The OSCE’s comprehensive view of security covers three “dimensions”: the politico-military; the economic and environmental; and the human. The OSCE’s activities cover all three of these areas, from “hard” security issues such as conflict prevention to fostering economic development, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, and promoting the full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms. AEGEE-Europe works with OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) especially in territories of Conflict between countries, where through Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding initiative, AEGEE helps young generation shift their perception and contribute to the solving of those conflicts. We also work with the OSCE when it comes to Election Observation Missions in different countries.

Committee of Regions (CoR)

The Committee of the Regions: the regions’ and local authorities’ voice in the European project 50% of EU citizens believe that their locally and regionally elected representatives are better able to represent them at the EU level.

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The Committee of the Regions brings the EU closer to its citizens

Since 70% of EU legislation has a direct regional and local impact:

  • EU citizens must be involved in the construction of the EU.

  • The elected authorities closest to citizens should be able to communicate their views during the preparation of EU legislation.

Since its establishment in 1994, the CoR has worked to bring citizens closer to the European Union.  In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty strengthened recognition of the Committee of the Regions’ role.

Local and regional authorities at your side

The Committee of the Regions is the EU’s Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives.

Its 353 members – regional presidents, mayors or elected representatives of regions and cities:

  • live and work in the regions or cities they come from,

  • are in touch with their electorates’ concerns,

  • speak for their voters at the very heart of the EU decision-making and legislative process and keep them abreast of EU developments,

  • host meetings and conferences of the Committee of the Regions in their regions or cities.

AEGEE follows and monitors the work of the CoR through its Liaison Officers, and contributes whenever necessary ensuring that the local and regional perspective is not lost in the construction of the European Project.

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the European Union. This part of the web site is dedicated to the general presentation of the Committee including information on its role, work and structure.

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The organisational chart and the information on the different working bodies, such as Presidency, Groups and Sections, can be found here. The EESC Members, documents, policy areas (themes), events and press related information can be found under the other main navigation tabs. Under the tab “Take part” you can find information on the different ways the citizens can get involved with the Committee; this can be through the interactive tools available on this web site or taking physically part in the visits, competitions and other activities organised by the EESC. AEGEE follows and monitors the work of the EESC through its Liaison Officers, and contributes whenever necessary ensuring that Civil Society’s perspective is not lost in the construction of the European Project. We organize and participate in many events and conferences in the EESC as a way of strengthening especially the student/youth voice inside the Civil Society Sector of the EU.