Promote reconciliation

Capacity building meeting of the Regional Youth Co-operation Office Local Branch Officers, Montenegro. (RYCO)

Capacity building meeting of the Regional Youth Co-operation Office Local Branch Officers, Montenegro. (RYCO)

Creating a more stable peace may involve OSCE efforts to promote reconciliation that goes beyond a formal settlement of the dispute and moves the parties towards a deeper resolution of their differences. 

OSCE Presence in Albania 

The OSCE Presence in Albania facilitates regional youth reconciliation, in co-operation with the Municipality of Tirana and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), Promoting OSCE Values among Youth, and held the second edition of #YouthTrail2018 in Tirana, Albania. The Youth Trail is a learning, exchange and creative week in Tirana for young people from RYCO contracting parties (Western Balkan 6). The Youth Trail is part of a series of activities organized by the Presence in Albania to support regional connectivity among young people as a means of promoting peace and security in the region. Through interactive sessions, simulations and outdoor activities Youth Trail Participants explore activism, youth engagement, human rights, gender equality, fight against corruption, and countering violent extremism. The RYCO is an independently functioning institutional mechanism, founded by the Wester Balkans participants: Albania, BiH, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, aiming to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region, through youth exchange programs.

OSCE Mission to Skopje

The Institute for Rehabilitation of Children and Youth in Skopje received a grant from the OSCE Skopje Mission’s Building Bridges programme to support work on the inclusion of youth with disabilities and the integration of students from different backgrounds. In June 2019, students from the Institute and its partner, the Rajko Zinzifov Primary School, told the OSCE CiO of their positive experiences participating in activities with students from different ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities. The Building Bridges Fund was established in response to the persisting trend of communal separation that is reinforced by education system fully separated along linguistic lines.