World Forum For Democracy 2017

« Is populism a problem? »

From the 8th to the 10th of November, Y-E-N was at the Council of Europe for the 6th edition of the World Forum for Democracy on the topic « Is populism a problem ? » ! This event takes place each year in Strasbourg (France) and is organised by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Municipality of Strasbourg (France), the Region Grand-Est (France) and the French Governement.

« The objective of the World Forum for Democracy 2017 is to review new initiatives and approaches which can enhance democratic practices and help parties and media, but also other political and function optimally in 21st century democracy. » (source :

For 3 days, around 2000 participants and 200 speakers from 80 countries gathered to address the challenge of populism around the world. Different plenary sessions focused particularly on the role of political parties and the media and Labs explored practical initiatives that are implemented in some countries.

The winner of this year’s Democracy Innovation Award went to Russian investigative newspaper « The Insider ».

« The Insider is an investigative newspaper that seeks to provide its readers with information about the current political, economic and social situation in Russia, while also promoting democratic values and shedding light on issues related to human rights and civil society. In addition, the Insider implements the “Antifake” project, with the objective of systematically debunking fake news in Russian media, and to help its audience to distinguish relevant information from fake news and propaganda. » (source :

The World Forum for Democracy will be held in 2018 again, on the topic « Citizenship on the move ». More about the Forum

Y-E-N meets “no Walls – more Words”

Between the 2nd and the 4th of May, we had the pleasure to welcome in Strasbourg our new friends from IPA as part of their bicycle trip across Europe, a beautiful Youth Initiative entitled “no Walls – more Words“.

IPA: Io Per l’Altro

IPA stands for “Io Per l’Altro”: Myself for the others. Co-funded by Marco Valerio Battaglia, Endrit Dodaj and Antonino Costanza, IPA is an organisation of volunteers working with Youth and more particularly with the children in Togo. The organisation is based in Ostia, Rome, and its premises serve as a youth center where youngsters can meet, share and participate to training activities.

4 bicycles and 1 800 kilometres

On the 25th of April, Marco Valerio, Claudia, Simone and Gabriele left Ostia (Rome) for a meaningful cycling adventure. Their objective: cycling from Amsterdam to Rome to meet young people from all over Europe and chat with them about Europe, barriers, integration and opportunities…

From their hometown Ostia (Rome), they flew to Amsterdam, where they departed on their two wheels to travel across 7 countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, France, Swiss and Italy. Among their stops, some significant chapters of the History of Europe such as Maastricht, Schengen and Strasbourg.

Through this adventure, they wish to create a discussion with the youngsters, motivate them to pursue their goals and raise awareness about Hospitality, mutual support and intercultural dialogue. The project was developed aligned with the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy of the Erasmus + Programme, and it is part of the “No Hate Speech” campaign.

The group will organise meetings in Italian schools to discuss about the experience. They are to reach Rome on the 18th of May.

Major stop: Strasbourg, European Capital

On the 2nd of May, our 4 friends finally arrived in Strasbourg for a special Stop! Here, they stayed a few days, met with young people and NGOs, and visited some meaningful corners of the European Capital (European Youth Centre, European Parliament…).

They interviewed Emmeline and Margaux, from Y-E-N’s coordination office, and Mr. Menno ETTEMA, European coordinator of the No Hate Speech Movement [Video]. We also introduced them to our member organisation, the Association l’Etage, and its members, and they were able to chat with them, explain their initiative and purpose, and most importantly, hear and record their stories. We were very happy to share a little time with these Inclusive Bikers 😉

Dear friends, BON VOYAGE for the end of your trip!


After 25 days and 1 800 km, our friends finally arrived is Ostia 🙂
We are very proud and admiring of their achievement ! BRAVO 😉


Y-E-N celebrates Europe Month!

In May, Youth Express Network will celebrate Europe Month, a special month of events organised by the Région Grand Est to commemorate the “Schuman Declaration”, founding text of the European construction.

This text was pronounced on the 9th of May 1950 and proposed the creation of an European organisation in charge of placing the French and German production of coal and steel under one common High Authority. The “Schuman Declaration” would later lead to the signing of the “Treaty of Paris” the 18th of April 1951, founding the European Coal and Steel Community between 6 European nations.

To celebrate this major historic event, we will participate in 4 local events during de month of May:

3rd of May
Meeting with a Youth Initiative

On the 3rd of May, we will welcome No Walls – More Words, a Youth initiative driven by 4 young people from Italy who went on a bicycle adventures across Europe as part of the No Hate Speech Movement. Together, they will cycle from Amsterdam to Rome and meet with young people to talk to them about integration and opportunities. A good opportunity for them to create bridges between European people in these difficult times.

We will welcome this initiatives during their 3-days stop in Strasbourg and will introduce them to our French Member Organisation L’Étage and their young members during a friendly afternoon and evening. A conference and debate will be held between 12:00 and 16:00 at the Étage to talk about Living Together in Europe, Respect (or Disrespect) of Human Rights in dealing with migrations and European citizenship.



9th of May
Information morning on mobility

Through one of our local project, the Platform Alsace Mobility Crossroads, we will organise an information meeting on the 9th of may. A good number of our partners, local players of the mobility scene, will be present to talk about cross-border, European and international mobility to Facilitators, Youth and Social Workers.


24th of May
Intervention at a Youth celebration

On the 24th of May, we will participate in the Youth Celebration of the Center of Notre Dame de Strasbourg, by inviting young people to share their mobility and voluntary experiences (civic service, European voluntary service, organisation volunteering…) to the youngsters of the Center.

30th of May
Photo Exhibition in a High School in Colmar

On the 30th of May, we will set up a photo exhibition in the High School Camille Sée, in Colmar, to promote the benefits of Living Together and Interculturality to high schoolers.

Local Event: Mobility Morning – Strasbourg

Cross-border, European or International mobility experiences are nowadays a major factor on the social and professional insertion of young people. It also helps them develop their professional skills, their personal growth and contributes to their sense of civic engagement.

Unfortunately, mobility is still seen as something hardly achievable and too few youth workers really know how to seize these opportunities.

To inform facilitators, youth and social workers on the benefits of youth mobility, Youth Express Network will held an information morning destined to professionals.


Maison des Associations
1A Place des Orphelins
67000 Strasbourg


on the 9th of May 2017
from 9:30 to 13:15

Objectives of this event:

  • Raise awareness amongst youth professionals on the positive impacts of youth Cross-border, European and International mobility
  • Inform Swiss, French and German facilitators, social and youth workers on the various youth mobility programs and opportunities at transnational, European and international level
  • Encourage meetings with funders and project holders
  • Encourage experience sharing between French, German and Swiss professionals