Interkulturelles Zentrum initiated youthNET in the year 2000 within the framework of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe. The aim was to contribute to a sustainable dialogue for peace and understanding amongst young people in the countries of the Western Balkans and to support partnerships with NGOs in other parts of Europe. youthNET was designed to stimulate cross-border and crossethnic activities focussing on important issues for a peaceful and prosperous future - dealing with problems such as environmental issues, questions of human rights, formal and non-formal education, intercultural relations, minority languages, equal opportunities for men and women, etc.
Memorandum of Cooperation
Since the establishment of youthNET more than 150 projects and activities have been carried out and several hundred NGOs have participated in the network. In May 2009 24 youthNET partner organizations signed the "Memorandum of Cooperation. A coordination body as well as the members of the general assembly will be responsible for the future of the youthNET Network, prospective projects and activities.