Central Youth Conference (Sentral Ungdomskonferans)

“By Youths, for Youths and with Youths”

Sentral Ungdomkonferans (Central Youth Conference) is one of the biggest event of Red Cross Youth in Norway. It is the special convention for youths where youth volunteers from all the parts of Norway gather together and  discuss about various agendas, formulate whole plan and form New country council for the upcoming year. 

SUK 2016 was held from 28th -30th October in Sunvolden Hotel. It was second time that we were in the arena of Sunvolden Hotel. More than 100 youth volunteers attended the Conference. For the first time in the history of YDEP, the present international delegates (us) were provided with the translator which made the whole conference meaningful for us.

We saw how democracy was practiced during the conference. Youths shared their concept and information about relevant topic to make concrete plans for the future. The most important aspect of Demorcracy is that it has doctrine of ‘one man one vote’. It was amazing to see the whole election process and the formation of new country council.  Every topic was discussed and the resolutions were passed with votes.

Delegates voting during the election of Country Council

Delegates voting during the election of Country Council

 

 During the whole weekend we saw how Norwegian youths were really energetic about making the new plan for coming year and interested to choose their  leaders, agendas and campaign they want to work with. 

Værelitt Kompis, the youth campaign for the year 2016/17.

Værelitt Kompis, the youth campaign for the year 2016/17.

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Youths adding comments to the resolutions.

Youths adding comments to the resolutions.

It was great opportunity to observe all activities, hear the view of the volunteers on different prespectives. It was good to talk and share information with the  representatives from Dutch Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross. We got chance to meet with volunteers from other districts. We also got opportunity to  disseminate information about our YD exchange program and our National Society of Red Cross. So, overall the youth conference had been fruitful experience for us.