The 18th edition of the International Youth Conference provided platform for discussion, youth voice articulation and networking. We have managed to connect regional decision-makers with an interested audience from all sectors of society and committed young leaders from the SEE region. Our main goal is to involve the young people in the EU integration process of the SEE region. In its 18th year of existence the International Youth conference had to completely reinvent itself. This year for the first time, the conference was a 6-day online event. We have received inputs from the partner organisations from all over the SEE region. Together we have discussed the importance of young people role in the restart of the region after the pandemic and their role in the building European future of the region.
In addition, together with the members of the alumni network around the region organized themselves in 5 hubs that contributed to the conference. The hubs were physical spaces that provided to the national networking among the young people. The 18th edition of the International Youth Conference although digital event was a unique chance to see the impact of the pandemic to the young people in the region and get perspectives for different key topics.
The conference tool we have chosen for our digital conference offered various opportunities for interaction with specific groups of participants or between individual participants. There was, for example, a separate networking area to meet, chat and exchange ideas and visions.