Great Silk Way International Youth Union

“Great Silk Way” International Youth Union (GSW IYU) was established by the initiative of the National Youth Council of Azerbaijan and by the support of other leading national youth platform organizations located in 25 countries through which the historical Silk Way route passes from China to Portugal. The purpose of the organization is to promote the intercultural dialogue between young people living in European as well as in Mediterranean, Asian and Central Asian countries. The GSW IYU is working on breaking the barriers which impede social cohesion and learning from other cultures and values. There are a lot of cultures in Europe and this factor means that there are a lot opportunities to learn from each other, we should promote the mutual understanding through the process of intercultural learning. GSW IYU is not only working with young people from European countries, however, it works with other youth organizations from other countries of Asia and Mediterranean in order to spread the values like mutual respect, intercultural learning, avoiding racism and xenophobia.

Aim of the Union is to coordinate the activities of its members, also to represent and protect their common interests, to improve tolerance and mutual understanding among young people in order to contribute to the creation and development of intercivilizations and intercultural dialogue, and to support activities of young people in this field.

The Union carries out the following objectives in order to achieve its aims:

• builds relations with various organizations to protect the interests of its members;
• organizes various international training courses and seminars, round-table meetings, exhibitions, conferences, charity marathons, forums and other mass-cultural events;
• Cooperates with international and regional organizations and is represented in such organizations;
• Independently disseminates information about its aims and activities.

GSW organizes the following project activities:

- Organization of the annual youth festivals with participation of our member organizations. Young musicians, singers, painters, dancers are gathering in one place in order to represent their cultures.

- We are organizing trainings, seminars and international meetings to discuss the future priority issues with young people representing our member organizations.

- International Summer camps with multicultural representativeness.

- Online activities and activities in the social network.

- Different projects initiated by our young volunteers in the different field of intercultural learning.
- Youth exchanges with participation of young people from the different countries (European and non-European);
- networking meetings with other international or national youth organizations;
The target group of the Union is young people aged 18-29. We are working with young people having different cultural or ethnic backgrounds, young people with fewer opportunities and young people from the rural areas.

Past projects

Council of Members_COMEM 2013 Budapest

the Council of Member of GSW IYU will be held on 16-19 May in Budapest, Hungary. It is a statutory meeting of member organzations and convened twice a year.

Act together for equal participation.

The purpose of the activity is to get together youth leaders from the NGOs working on discrimination and promotion of social participation of young people.

Act together for equal participation. EVS

"Act together for equal participation" is an international seminar focused on the following themes: social inclusion of the marginalized groups of young people

Active Participation for Equality and Inclusion

The short-term EVS project is aimed at promotion of sport and outdoor activities for social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.

Great Silk Way Youth Camp

The Project aims to create a space for young people for exchange and discussions on common challenges.

Membership opportunities

Great Silk Way IYU is interested in establishing new partnerships with organizations working on intercultural dialogue, peace.

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Great Silk Way International Youth Union

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Great Silk Way International Youth Union is

a Non-profit/Non-Governmental Organisation
based in Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • Azerbaijan Baku
focused on
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Art
  • Entrepreneurship
  • EVS volunteer wanted
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Leadership
  • Peace and conflict
  • Sustainable development
  • Volunteering
  • Youth policy
and interested in:
  • Youth Exchanges
  • Volunteering Activities (formerly EVS)
  • Training and Networking
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Meetings between young people and decision-makers
Great Silk Way International Youth Union in 160 characters:

We are working for promotion of mutual understanding among young people with different cultural backgrounds through intercultural dialogue.

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