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The “Armenia Model European Union 2015” youth conference (AMEU 2015) was organised on 14-15 November 2015 by the AEGEE-Yerevan and Yerevan European Students’ Forum NGO, with support from the EU Delegation to Armenia. During the conference participants filled the roles of heads of the EU member states and leaders of the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the offices of several other high-level EU officials.
More than 80 Armenian students and activists from various regions of Armenia and 20 international participants participated in the project. They were selected from around 400 applicants through a competitive two-phase procedure.
10675508_924165990970664_3290856329734345821_nThe Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, gave advice from his own experience to the young people present at the conference: ‘All of you offer a better future for Armenia. Your fathers and grandfathers build the independence of this country after centuries, but now it is your turn, you must be the game changers, you must build the Armenia of the 21st century, you must build an Armenia capable of fulfilling your dreams. It is all up to you alone. Having a good diploma is not enough, you must believe in some very important values, European values. I hope that this event will help you to develop your understanding and consolidate your belief in these European values’.
Participants addressed recent political developments in the Eastern Partnership region and made decisions taking into account current trends and pressures within the European Union. Indeed, participants represented the national interests of their assigned state expressed during the EU-EaP summit. In the weeks leading up to the conference, participants had the opportunity to participate in 2 preparatory training sessions, learn about the activities of EU institutions, and acquaint themselves with the cornerstones of the EU common foreign and security policy. 12241390_924724680914795_3519069433732465066_nDuring the conference, participants also had the possibility to improve their negotiation skills. The main aim of the model conference was to stimulate civic activism and improve the EU-related knowledge and level of European awareness among young Armenians.
On the closing day of the conference, Ambassador Piotr Switalski presented the participants with certificates of appreciation.

The Universal Rights Awards 2015 took place on 4 June 2015 in Yerevan. Such a Ceremony was first organised by the international community in Armenia in 2012 to recognise those individuals and organisations who strive for promotion of equal rights, inclusion and reforms on daily basis. The EU Delegation to Armenia, US Embassy, British Embassy, OSCE Office in Yerevan, Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, and the United Nations Armenia Office honour individuals working to promote human rights, accountable governance, local government reform, and free speech in Armenia at the Universal Rights Awards Ceremony.
The Universal Rights Awards Ceremony is the first multi-mission initiative to highlight the contributions of Armenia’s civil rights activists, government officials, and media and civil society representatives to the promotion of human rights. Armenian government officials, foreign diplomats, NGO representatives, and the press attended the event.
The 2015 Universal Rights Awards Ceremony was comprised of six categories, each recognising an individual or an organisation that had made a significant investment in one of the specified fields. The categories for the 2015 Universal Rights Awards were: woman of courage, government reformer, media excellence, local government reformer, promoting inclusion, and freedom defender:
• The women of courage award was presented to the “Coalition to stop violence against women” by Dirk Lorenz, Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Armenia: ‘The European Union commends the efforts of the Coalition to stop violence against women, recognising the courageous advocacy for the protection of the rights of women and their assistance to victims of domestic violence in Armenia’. ARS_2261
• The government reformer award was given by Richard Mills, Ambassador of the United States of America, to the anti-trafficking working group.
• The British Ambassador to Armenia, Kathy Leach, awarded Zaruhi Mejlumyan from “Hetq.am”, with the media excellence award.
• The Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, Natalia Voutova, awarded Artsruni Igityan, Mayor of Akhuryan village, with the local government reformer award.
• The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Bradley Busetto, presented the promoting inclusion award to Armen Alaverdyan, the Executive Director of Unison NGO.
• Ambassador Andrey Sorokin, the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, presented the freedom defender award to Shushan Doydoyan, President of the Freedom of Information Centre.