This conference aims to create a platform for the youth, students, recent graduates and young professionals to explore key topics and issues that affect their future in the Western Balkans. The conference provokes the youth to raise their voices and to take up the leadership in creating better future. The youth as the agents of change have responsibility to take up the leadership in building a better tomorrow. Their awareness, proactive role, engagement and leadership in the digital and green world will be decisive in shaping the future and a shared vision. The humanity needs their voice, leadership and active involvement in tackling issues and challenges that affect our lives and the planet. In the last two conferences Western Balkans Youth Conference explored the regional cooperation, democratization, economic cooperation and the EU goals and values. The third conference entitled Youth Leadership in the Digital and Green World aims to explore environment, climate change, digitalization, youth capacity-building, youth education and training, youth entrepreneurship, youth political participation, youth community engagement, youth and demographic challenges, youth skills and employability, youth networks and platforms, youth peace and reconciliation engagement.           

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The “Western Balkan Youth Conference: We Share the European Goals and Values (WBYC 2021) organized by the Balkan Studies Center (BSC) in cooperation with the Student Parliament of International University of Sarajevo (SPIUS) was held on 31 May 2021. It took place entirely online.

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Western Balkans Youth Conference: We Share the European Goals and Values (WBYC'21) will be utilizing a combination of live video platforms (using Microsoft Teams) to create dynamic interaction with presenters, virtual networking for attendees

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Western Balkans Youth Conference, Hamza Preljević, Muhidin Mulalić

Balkan Studies Center (BSC) is pleased to announce the proceedings of the Western Balkans Youth Conference: Regional Cooperation and Integration (WBYS’20). The conference was held on July 10, 2020. The WBYC’20 has promoted a mission of the Balkan Studies Center for improving scholarship and research among young researchers worldwide. The WBYS’20 attempted to seek authors and papers primarily on the topics that tackle regional cooperation and integration. In this regard, the conference aimed to explore regional cooperation within the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), the prospects of the Western Balkans countries in the EU, the Western Balkans post-conflict peace-building, the Western Balkans infrastructure, transportation, communication, telecommunications, energy, economic cooperation, and trade. Thus, the conference primarily aimed to explore realistic issues and challenges beyond the centuries-old conflicting issues of borders, wars, and divisiveness. One small step has been made to deconstruct the Western Balkans and to turn the discourse and attention to the universal, realistic, progressive, scientific, and liberal values. 

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WBYC will be utilizing a combination of live video platforms (using Zoom application) to create dynamic interaction with presenters, virtual networking for attendees, and opportunity to chat with and learn more about various topics.

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The Conference “Western Balkan Youth Conference: Regional Cooperation and Integration” reflects the University’s interdisciplinary and international character by offering a platform for students and recent graduates in arts, humanities, social sciences, and technical sciences from all over the world to exchange their ideas and experience in an intellectually stimulating academic environment. The fundamental objective of the conference is to provide students with an educational experience that prepares them for their future. Submitted papers will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee, composed of distinguished scholars, whereupon best papers awards will be assigned to three best rated papers

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