The objective of the North-South Centre is to contribute to democratic processes, mainly through education to democratic citizenship and intercultural dialogue. The main target is civil society, in particular youth and women. The Centre offers for neighbouring regions and beyond a unique platform for dialogue and structured cooperation between all dimensions of the « quadrilogue »: the governments, the parliaments, the local authorities and the civil society. The Centre acts to promote the principles and standards of the Council of Europe, through comprehensive multilateral actions of regional scope.
The Youth Co-operation programme aims at promoting empowerment of young people and capacity-building of youth organisations through training activities and developing their competences for the exercise of global/democratic citizenship, through their active involvement in the implementation of the programme, namely in the policy-making activities and in the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship.
In the framework of the “Joint Management Agreement” signed by the NSC and the European Commission in November 2008 and renewed until 2015, the Centre will continue to implement activities in the fields of education and youth, with the aim to develop a “culture of democratic citizenship” and to build a global citizenship based on human rights and citizens’ responsibilities. The Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation, in which the North-South Centre has been having the facilitation role has been prosecuted under the JMA.
In 2014 – 2015 the Centre will continue to develop activities focused on the role of civil society, in particular young people and women, in democratic transitions and its positioning as an actor of governance.
Aims and functions:
The aims of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (“the Centre”) are:
- to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law through intercultural dialogue and education, in particular among the youth of Europe and its neighbouring regions;
- to provide a framework for European co-operation for the purpose of increasing public awareness of global interdependence and solidarity issues;
- to promote policies of solidarity in conformity with the aims and principles of the Council of Europe, by fostering dialogue and co-operation between Europe and non-European countries in neighbouring regions.
The Centre pursues its aims in conformity with the values and principles of the Council of Europe.