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The 4-day Eastern Europe Regional Youth Advocacy Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) kicked off in Chisinau, Moldova on 3 May 2016. Selected 30 participants represented 12 Eastern European countries including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Russia, Lithuania, Georgia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Armenia.

In the opening ceremony, participants were welcomed by the Representative of Moldovan Ministry of Youth and Sport, Mr. Ion Donea, Assistant Representative of UNFPA Moldova, Ms. Natalia Cojohari, Communications Officer of UNFPA Moldova, Ms. Ganna Iovchu, and members of Y-PEER Moldova. After the welcoming remarks, Ms. Cojohari introduced to the participants the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Followed by the ice breaker exercise for participants to get to know each other better, Global Café provided opportunities to discuss different aspects of ‘global’, ‘citizenship’, and ‘global citizenship’. After the global café, participants were asked to identify the most pressing global challenges of the 21 century and chose 6 issues to discuss in group: Access to Quality Education, Equality, Healthcare, Youth Unemployment, Poverty, and Climate Change. Six corresponding advocacy groups were formed to work on the advocacy strategies on a local, national and regional level.

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