Dialogue, Trust and Security

At the beginning of this year, Germany took over the chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which inspired the Schwarzkopf foundation to create events for 2016 that involve young people in shaping ideas for international security in Europe parallel to the high-level politics. The project Dialogue, Trust and Security – Youth Perspectives on the OSCE in 2016 brings international security experts and decision-makers into a dialogue with young people, but also explores what the new generation envisions for the future security of the continent. The project is carried out with the support of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016.



International Forums of the EYP

Two International Forums of the EYP will be organised in the framework of this project. They will take place from May 18-24, 2016 in Vienna and from August 11-17, 2016 in Belgrade. The International Forums are organised by EYP National Committees Europäisches Jugendparlament Österreich (EYP Austria) and Evropski parlament mladih Srbije (EYP Serbia). Both Forums will welcome delegates not only from Europe, but all OSCE member states including Eastern Asia, USA and Canada. You can find the latest updates on the Facebook page of the International Forums or on the websites of EYP Austria and EYP Serbia.

Read more about the topics of the Forums here.

Read the summary of the International Forum Vienna 2016 here (published on May 26, 2016).

Here you can find information about the topics of the International Forum in Belgrade.

Discussion events


In nine discussion events, the Schwarzkopf Foundation brings a young audience and decision-makers together to debate international security topics and current political issues. You can find out more about the events organised with the support of the German OSCE Chairmanship on the website of the Schwarzkopf Foundation. The discussions take place in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Freiburg and Essen.

The events:
May 26, 2016 Berlin: International security: How can trust be enhanced in international relations?
June 1, 2016 Berlin: European security challenges: the OSCE as a forum of cooperation
September 22, 2016 Berlin: What happens in mediation talks?
September 29, 2016 Essen: The conflict in Ukraine: how can civil society contribute to finding a peaceful solution?
October 5, 2016 Berlin: What can we do against discrimination, xenophobia and violence?
October 11, 2016 Freiburg: The Ukraine conflict and the future of peace in Europe
October 19, 2016 Munich: The Ukraine conflict: what are the future scenarios?
November 1, 2016 Hamburg: The power of headlines: reporting in a polarised Europe

Final seminar


From November 9-11, 2016 the activities tied to security topics were wrapped up with a seminar in Berlin that created new learning materials for the Understanding Europe EU Crash Courses. Here, a wider European angle was sought by discussing different concepts and perceptions of security from a personal and national context. Especially countries that are not part of the European Union, questions of security and cooperation in Europe make it possible to look at transnational ties from a relevant perspective, but at the same time security is a topic to which every youngster is also able to relate.

The seminar brought together international Understanding Europe trainers and a European Youth Parliament media team to produce a video and trainer manual for the Crash Courses. It was hosted in the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

News related to this project:

The German OSCE Chairmanship in the programme of the Schwarzkopf foundation in 2016

Reconciliation and other security topics in the focus of two International Forums

First International Forum of EYP on OSCE topics concluded in Vienna

Topics for International Forum in Belgrade now finalised

In Belgrade, seven days of debating security have begun

Security – how do we understand it in Europe?