Within the Azerbaijani-American Youth Social Association
project titled "Supporting Youth Voting Activities" that is funding
by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Baku and the Eurasia Foundation through USAID
organized the Summer Camp in Shaki.
Azerbaijani-American Youth Social Association is implementing the last phase
of the project which is funding be the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Baku and the
Eurasia Foundation through USAID. Within the project Organization already conducted
6 trainings in Fizuli, Qusar, Lankaran, Barda, Zaqatala districts and in Baku
with the local young people and with the active NGO and civil society representatives
from Azerbaijan regions.
Within the project Organization organized Summer Camp in Shaki city on 26-30
August, 2005. The participants of summer camp were generally 40 better equipped
and educated young people on the project topic. Summer camp was 3 days and during
the camp the selected participant involved in building the Azerbaijani Youth
Parliament by practical actions and work. During the summer camp used special
voting modules which created a condition for the young people to feel themselves
as the active participants of political process during the pre-parliamentary
election in the country and established their Azerbaijani Youth Parliament for
discussing and debating each other on the issues around the voting process for
parliamentarians. The Azerbaijani Youth Parliament members from different parts
of Azerbaijan will be able to gather and work together by lobbing interest of
their local youth communities through stimulating their active participation
in the upcoming parliament elections by preparing alternative suggestions, legislation
materials to the Parliament of Azerbaijan Republic after the elections as well.
The Azerbaijani Youth Parliament will work with Azerbaijani Parliament deputies,
International Organizations and Donors, with the European Youth Parliament and
Government by lobbying the youth interest in Azerbaijan Parliament and by contributing
into the democratization process and free elections in Azerbaijan.
During the Summer Camp the participants confirmed the initial structure of
the Azerbaijani Youth Parliament. According to the initial structure, all Summer
Camp participants are selected to the membership of the Azerbaijani Youth Parliament
and from each region including Baku has been selected the regional coordinators.
Twice a year are planning the gathering of coordinators in annual sessions and
from each next session will be the selection of the Chairman to the Azerbaijani
Youth Parliament according rotation system.
According to the first activity plan the regional coordinators will be engaged
in involving the local young people from the regions to the Azerbaijani Youth
Parliament and will conduct the surveys on the regional needs and problems of
the youth aimed at expressing them to the public. Afterwards, survey results
will be collected for the Azerbaijani Youth Parliament legislation suggestions
package and projects to the Azerbaijani Parliament.
During this month are planning the official presentation of the Azerbaijani
Youth Parliament and activity to the Azerbaijani public.
Azerbaijani-American Youth Social Association
Public Relations Department