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CIPRA Youth Council

CYC (c) Darko Todorovic

Who are we?

We are young people between 14 and 25 living in the alpine region. The first CYC, a group of 7 young women, has been nominated by the Assembly of the Delegates of the CIPRA in Bolzano on the 10th October 2013.

“The CYC  is comprised of young persons from as many Alpine states as possible. The members are appointed to a two-year term of office by the Assembly of Delegates. They must be at least 14 years of age on the date of their appointment in the normal case and no older than 25. CYC organises itself in consultation with the Executive Board and the Management of CIPRA International.” (from CIPRA Statute)

> Portraits of the members & candidates

Vision: What do we want?

Young people living in the Alps are active and responsible citizens, they reflect critically, make informed decisions and contribute in designing the alpine future. Decision makers consult and involve them and take them seriously – and vice versa. The involvement of present and future generations is on the political agenda on a local, national and European level.

Mission: How can this vision become reality?

The CIPRA Youth Council aims to connect with other youth organizations and networks of local youth councils, to empower young people aged between 15 and 30, living in alpine countries, to have a say and be heard. We aim to help them to participate in decisions that affect them; so they have a voice and campaign on issues they believe in, inspire them to have a positive impact, and gain recognition for their contribution to communities, society and the world.  

”The Youth Committee is an advisory body serving CIPRA International’s bodies, Management and Executive Office. The Youth Committee provides CIPRA with advice. They receive support in the implementation of their own projects and counselling for the further development of their ideas and concerns as well as access to CIPRA’s international network. The Youth Committee has the right to speak and table motions in the Assembly of Delegates, the Presiding Committee and, by prior agreement, the Executive Board. At the international level, the Youth Committee has an advisory function and plays a proactive role. It also submits proposals on subjects that are relevant in a young person’s view and are of interest to CIPRA.”  (from CIPRA Statute)

Our values

Participation: All young people have the right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives and issues which they believe in locally, nationally and internationally.
Equality: We promote equality among young people - all young people in our organization are valued equally.
Diversity: Young people are diverse with different needs and opinions and this is to be recognized and commemorated.
Recognition: Young people are recognized for the positive contributions they make to society, their place as citizens now and in the future.

Strategic Framework 2013 - 2014

CYC is working as an international steering group, leading a YOUTH ALPINE DIALOGUE on a local, national and international level in the Alpine region about topics that concern youths. The CYC will have an important role in the choice of the topics for the dialogue and coordinate the consultation process. They will be coached about topics and techniques at the local level from experts of local environmental education institutions or organizations. A new web based platform will be designed to host and share the results, to exchange information and create a network for youth participation and environmental education.

Do you want to join us?

Simply fill out the application and explain to us, why you want to be a member of the CYC.

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CIPRA Brochure

Brochure about "Youth Participation in the Alps" (pdf)

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