21 May 2012
This week, EUJS Vice-President Jane Braden-Golay took part in the European Youth Forum delegation to a series of events promoting worldwide dialog and solidarity in Maribor, Slovenia. The current European capital of culture hosted Nobel peace price laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Prof. Dr. Lu?ka Kajfež Bogataj and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus. Through their inspirational talks the distinguished guests emphasized the importance of global solidarity and the right of every human being to strive for and achieve a happy life. Looking to the youth as the agents of change, His Holiness the Dalai Lama reminded all present that „change only comes through action“.
In a private meeting with Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, the European Youth Forum delegates exchanged their thoughts and visions about youth involvement in Europe. Dr. Menchú Tum’s words of advice stressed the importance of organized and collaborative efforts and deeply rooted respect towards others.
EUJS had been invited by the European Youth Forum to join FEMYSO (Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations), CEJI-MIEC (European Coordination of International Young Catholic College students) and the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) for this special occasion. The two days further strengthened EUJS’s ties with the European Youth Forum and other faith-based youth organizations working in the European context.