With the inclusion of Turkey to Erasmus Plus Programme in 2004, civil youth actions have started rapidly and continued to grow day by day since then. Owing to the great number of youth population and their potential, our country has become one of the countries where Erasmus Plus Programme is implemented most intensively and actively. Yet, the future looks brighter because the overall budget of Erasmus Plus Programme has been doubled by increasing from €14 billion to €28 billion with the European Union Commission’s resolution. This means that, in the following 7-year process, youth work in our country and Europe will grow more.

Despite the developments above and the past 15 years’ positive experience, youth associations in our country are still active in a quite limited area and prefer to benefit just from the Erasmus Plus Programme. Youth associations do not put the necessary effort in the area of youth rights and issues. However, along with offering opportunities abroad, youth associations must create solutions to the problems of young population they represent, and to be able to do that they must take a long-term supportive step and strive to advocate youth rights. For this reason, more than 30 youth organizations from Turkey which’s are motivated to be active in youth rights and problems issues, created a new national network on January 1, 2021 which includes the whole country of Turkey and takes the first steps to found “Local Youth Associations Network (Yerel Gençlik Dernekleri Ağı)”.

Prisma European Network

With members in Europe, Eastern Partnership countries, North Africa and the Middle East, PRISMA gathers active organizations in the youth field that are committed to develop qualitative youth work at an international level by taking advantage of the new media technologies. Prisma Network’s goal is to expand its horizons to New Countries.

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UN Global Compact Network

United Nations (UN) Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 9,500 companies and over 3,000 non-corporate members in over 160 countries. UN Global Compact, which started its operations in 2000, encourages the cooperation of institutions to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy that benefits all our people, communities and markets. UN Global

Compact supports companies around the world to align their strategies and operations with 10 Principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption, while at the same time leading the business world to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

Principle 01: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
Principle 02: Businesses should not be complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 03: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining of the workers.
Principle 04: The application of forced and compulsory labour should be stopped.
Principle 05: All kinds of child labour should be stopped.
Principle 06: Discrimination in recruitment and placement in businesses should be stopped.
Principle 07: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental issues.
Principle 08: It should support all kinds of activities and organizations that will increase environmental responsibility.
Principle 09: It should support the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should fight all forms of corruption, including bribery and extortion.

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