During its Chairmanship year, Switzerland gave a stronger voice to young people and enhanced their involvement in OSCE activities. To achieve this goal, Switzerland organised a Model OSCE series in which one delegate from each of the 57 OSCE participating States was invited to take part. These 18–30 year-olds were able to familiarise themselves with the issues and structures of the OSCE through simulated meetings of the Ministerial Council and the Permanent Council.
They thus had the opportunity to acquire their first diplomatic experiences and prove their negotiating skills and leadership qualities as well as practise their public speaking. In this Swiss OSCE Chairmanship year the 57 “youth ambassadors” were also given the opportunity to negotiate their own “Youth Action Plan”, which they presented at the high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council in Basel in December.
Project (Model OSCE)