YPAC - Pauliner Delegation beim Jugendparlament der Alpenkonvention

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Vom 27.-31.03.2017 fand in Innsbruck das 12. Youth Parliament to the Alpine Convention statt. Delegierte von elf Schulen aus sieben verschiedenen Alpenanrainerstaaten debattierten in einer parlamentarischen Simulation über den demographischen Wandel im Alpenraum. Die internationale Beteiligung ermöglichte es den teilnehmenden Schülerinnen und Schülern Kontakte zu knüpfen, die über die Landesgrenzen hinausgehen. Als Arbeitssprache wird seit Beginn dieses Politprojekts Englisch eingesetzt. Die Schülerinnen und Schüler diskutierten in vier verschiedenen Komitees mit unterschiedlichen Schwerpunkten und stellten ihre „Postulations“ während der Parlamentssitzung im Landhaus 1 in Innsbruck dem Plenum vor. Die anschließende Diskussion wurde von den Präsidenten aus Innsbruck, Liechtenstein und Bayern moderiert und geleitet. In einer Abstimmung wurden zehn „Postulations“ gewählt, die unter anderem an Markus Reiterer, den Generalsekretär der Alpenkonvention, weitergeleitet werden. Neben ca. 90 Jugendlichen und 25 Lehrpersonen nahmen auch zahlreiche Politikerinnen und Politiker an dieser Veranstaltung teil, unter anderem Dr. Christine Baur, Dr. Franz Fischler, Ranz Xaver Gruber, Dr. Eva Lichtenberger, Mag.a Christine Oppitz-Plörer, Uschi Schwarzl und Mag.a Selma Yildirim.

Im Fernsehen gab es gleich zwei Beiträge:

 
 

Die beiden folgenden Berichte wurden von Emma Hainbucher (8a) verfasst, die die Delegierten Simon Oberreiter, Sophie Schuler, Lea Klemm und Fabian Tschaffert als Pressesprecherin des Paulinums begleitete.

What happens at the General Assembly and to the postulations after YPAC?

At the General Assembly all committees come together in order to discuss the postulations, four of each committee, and to decide in the end which ones will be presented to politicians.

Mr. Reiterer, secretary general of the alpine convention, opened the general assembly, followed by speeches of two of the presidents who encouraged the delegates to make themselves heard and be persistent in convincing the audience while staying polite and give constructive criticism.

The general assembly has a formal setting: first the committee is invited on the stage by the president. A member of the committee is asked to read the summaries of the postulations. After that, another delivers an opening speech. Then the actual debate starts. The president invites the audience to ask questions. When a delegate raises his or her flag, the president says “(city), you have been recognized” and the delegate answers “thank you for the floor, Mister or Madame President” and asks the question. When a member of the committee wants to answer, the procedure is the same.

Once there has been an interruption by the president of the state parliament, DDr. Herwig van Staa, who held a short speech as well. When there are no more questions, the president invites the audience to give speeches against or in favour of the committee. Lastly, a member of the committee holds the closing speech.

In order to find out what happens to the postulations after YPAC, we asked the presidents and a member of Platform Future. Usually the delegations or Platform Future members meet politicians or companies to present their postulations which are supposed to be real life solutions and give new ideas. Mostly politicians accept the resolutions, take advantage of them and are happy to get in touch with young people, not only because they can profit from the new ideas but also improve their image in the society. On the other hand, some politicians are not cooperative when it comes to realizing the postulations. Not because they are not interested, but because of the budget. However, every time the representatives meet up with a politician, it is spread in newspapers and by that, it is an opportunity to raise awareness. People will see that the youth engages in politics and wants to make a change.

Atmosphere at YPAC

Tuesday, March 28th, 5:00 pm. Villa Blanka. Committee’s session 2 has started while the press group is busy working on Flying Facts 1. Everyone seems to know exactly what they are doing, following the same procedure which they have been able to perfect in the past 12 years. It felt strange but refreshing to witness concentrated, aim-orientated working.

As the delegates of the Paulinum we were part of the YPAC for the first time this year, so nobody really knew what to expect. Therefore it was even more overwhelming to see people of our age dressed in business-like clothing and having constructive but sometimes heated discussions about the future of the alpine region, of course always in advanced English. But it did not take us long to get accustomed to the new surroundings.

As soon as the “professional” part was over, for example when we were having dinner or a break, our fellow YPAC-members switched from their sophisticated manner to one that was more typical for teenagers. There was a lot of laughter and joking and in the evenings also a lot of dancing. Especially the French delegates turned out to be good dancers.

It might sound cheesy, but the YPAC also permitted to make international friends. In terms of learning international cooperation this aspect surely complemented the intension of YPAC. But besides that, it was interesting to learn about cultural similarities or differences that occur due to the mountains that separate us.

Gruppenfoto YPAC 2017