The theme is built on three pillars
Sustainability, culture and cooperation, all placed in the Arctic context
Now, more than ever, we must take special focus on the impending climate crisis. This problem is relatable for all Europeans, but especially in a vulnerable region of the Arctic, where the negative effects of climate change are becoming more severe faster than anywhere else. We need new, lasting solutions.
The Arctic region has a very rich history and culture, which we aim to share with all of the participants. A pivotal, but often overlooked cultural aspect in Europe are the Saami, the northernmost indigenous people of Europe. Years of discrimination and neglect of the Saami lead to very limited awareness about their culture in Europe. It is crucial to foster intercultural exchange which includes the marginalised cultures.
Mutual respect and intercultural relationships are at the forefront of the EYP’s values. The Arctic region is one of the global, geopolitically important spaces, where international cooperation is peaceful and well-functioning despite differences. The Arctic theme will therefore serve as an ideal plane to educate youths on how productive international cooperation can be done.