PRESS RELEASE – Young people to the Great Silk Way

June 18, 2014 - Thessaloniki

Friday 13 June 2014

PRESS RELEASE – Young people to the Great Silk Way                        

Young people from 28 countries of Europe, Africa and Asia walk to the “Great Silk Way”, with the town of Thessaloniki. From Monday 16 June to Thursday 19 June 2014 the Thessaloniki- European Youth Capital 2014, with the International Youth Organization «Great Silk Way» and the Unesco Youth Club of Thessaloniki hosts the 3rd Symposium of the members of the «Great Silk Way» organization.

The symposium that is realized with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan and the Consulate of Azerbaijan in Greece, aims to make one more step for the promotion of the co-operation between youth organizations of the countries of the Silk Way.

The International Youth Organization «Great Silk Way» aims to promote the inter-cultrural and inter-religious dialogue and the creation of mutual beneficial co-operation with the view of the dynamic youth of the countries of the Silk Way. The organization was founded in June of 2012 in Bakou (Azerbaijan), after the end of the homonymous symposium, during which a new dynamical attempt of co-operation between the young people of the countries along the Silk Way. The members of the organization are representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations of the 28 countries of Europe, Africa and Asia.

The «Great Silk Way» realizes international educational programs and seminars, exhibitions, charity marathons and other cultural events, while at the same time co-operates with international and regional organizations and is represented by them.

Part of the promotion and the reinforcement of the youth institutions in the participant countries, is also the conduction of the «Great Silk Way» Council of Members, in Thessaloniki. The plan of actions and the strategy that will be followed in the near future will be planned during the plenary session. In addition, it will be decided the admission of new members and the co-operation with other organizations interested to join the Organization.

The previous Boards of the Members were hosted in Astana (Kazakhstan, November 2012) and Budapest (Hungary, May 2013), while in October of 2012 and December of 2013 the Board of Directors was hosted in Turkey.

The «Great Silk Way» organization, since July 2013, is included in the list of the ten organizations of the UNESCO Silk Road Project, in which belong organizations that are active geographically in the area of the so-called «Silk Way».

The Unesco Youth Club of Thessaloniki, suggested the conducting of the Board of Members in Thessaloniki, during the first semester of 2014, willing to combine the time of the Council Presidency and the organization of the European Youth Culture 2014 and also to show the dynamic of the country, and the city of Thessaloniki, especially in youth issues.

The opening session will take place on Tuesday 17 June 2014, at 17.30 at the multipurpose room of the City Hall of Thessaloniki and it is open to the public (reservation should be made, places are restricted). The Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan, Azad Rahimov, is attending the event. The sessions will take place in 17 and 18 June at Olympia Hotel and will be open to youth organizations and NGOs (after contacting the organizers), apart from the voting procedure.

For more information:, Aidanne Karimli,, Μaria Brokou

European Youth Forum AISBL, 10 rue de l'industrie, 1000 Brussels Belgium

Tel.: +32 2 793 75 20
Fax : +32 2 893 25 803

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