The Oslo Center wishes all its partners, donors and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
For the last four months the Oslo Center has assisted Mombasa Youth Assembly in revising its operational framework building on its strengths and exploring the opportunities. The members of the Mombasa Youth Assembly has reached a milestone with the adoption of the 11 new documents guiding MYA in its performance as a youth Parliament.
2015 represents an unique and extraordinary opportunity to change the global agenda and set new goals for the future. At the end of September world leaders committed to the 17 Global Goals for sustainable development. All UN countries agreed on how they want the future to look like.
Democracy, also known as rule of the people, is a form of government where the people participate in making major decisions for the country. But a modern understanding of democracy entails much more than this. The task of the state in a democracy is not only to act according to what the majority wishes. The rights of minorities have to be safeguarded as well.
Thousands of refugees from the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar have been abandoned at sea. They are fleeing from intolerable conditions, and several people have lost their lives due to the dangerous journey. This is happening now, despite the democratic reforms that have gained ground in the country.
«Two enemies are preventing us from developing our country – one external and one internal. The external is the war, the internal the corruption”. This is how a leading Ukrainian politician described the situation in the country in a recent meeting with the Oslo Center in Kiev.