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WYAE Emerging Leaders Conference 2018: Human Dignity and Bioethics

November 24, 2018 - November 28, 2018

About the Emerging Leaders Conference

Following the immensely successful 6th Emerging Leaders Conference held in Brussels last year, WYA Europe is delighted to announce its 7th edition. This year’s conference theme is Human Dignity and Bioethics and it will take place in Brussels from the 24th to the 28th of November, 2018. While recognizing the importance of medical and technological development in upholding the value of every human life, the conference aims to provide Europe youth with accurate information on practices that violate person’s dignity, which must be cherished in custom, protected by law, and safeguarded in all settings within all levels of society.

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by World Youth Alliance Europe, which seeks to bring together young leaders, active members and youth advocates from across Europe to interact with policy makers, experts and leaders on current global issues. It also provides young individuals with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities. Known for its intimate forum for dialogue, as well as intellectual formation via lectures and discussions, the ELC fosters a meaningful network of friendships based on a shared vision of the human person.

“Therefore, we call upon the members of the medical profession, ethicists, policy makers and all stakeholders at the local, national, and international levels to stand in solidarity with all persons particularly those in vulnerable situations to ensure that human dignity is protected at all stages of life. ”

WYA Declaration on Human Dignity and Bioethics

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Schedule of the event

Saturday, November 24, 2018Sunday, November 25, 2018Monday, November 26, 2018Tuesday, November 27, 2018Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018 / Lodzkie House, Square Marie-Louise 2 | Bruxelles

14h00 – 15h00 Arrival and registration of participants

15h00 – 15h30 Official opening

15h30 – 16h00 Get to know the program and methodology

16h00 – 17h00 Get to know each other – icebreakers

17h00 – 19h30 Brussels tour

19h30 Walking dinner and free night in Brussels


Sunday, November 25, 2018 / Lodzkie House, Square Marie-Louise 2 / House of European History museum

10h00 – 11h30 Rediscovering European values: Case study on Euthanasia and Palliative care

• Training on the WYA White paper on Euthanasia by Hrvoje Vargić, Europe Director of Partnerships, World Youth Alliance

11h45 – 13h00 Media training “Emerging Leaders Standing up for Human Dignity”

• Getting the message across/reframing method, role-play and media statements

13h00 – 15h00 Intercultural lunch

15h30 – 17h30 “The History of Human Rights in Europe”

• Visit to the House of European History museum

17h30 Free evening in Brussels


Monday, November 26, 2018 / Lodzkie House, Square Marie-Louise 2 | Bruxelles

10h00 – 11h30 “Human Rights and Democracy in Practice: Case Study on Surrogacy”

• Training on WYA White paper on Surrogacy by Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

 11h45 – 13h00 Simulation of the EP

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 – 16h00 “Women’s Rights Today: A case for FEMM”

• Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

18h30 – 21h30 Welcoming Cocktail and Certification ceremony



Tuesday, November 27, 2018 / European Parliament

10h00 Visit to the EP

11h00 – 13h30 Panel and open discussion on “Threats to Human Rights in Europe: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide”

• Hrvoje Vargić, Europe Director of Partnerships, World Youth Alliance
• Miroslav Mikolášik, Member of the European Parliament
• Carine Brochier, European Institute of Bioethics
• Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice
• Other speakers TBC

13h30 – 14h30 Lunch

15h00 – 17h30 Panel and open discussion on “Abuses of human Rights in Surrogacy practice”

• Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe
• Elisabetta Gardini, Member of the European Parliament
• Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice
• Caroline Roux, Alliance Vita
• Other speakers TBC 

17h30 Free night in Brussels


Wednesday, November 28, 2018 / Lodzkie House, Square Marie-Louise 2 | Bruxelles

10h00 – 12h00 Project lab: Emerging Leaders Changing the World

12h00 – 12h30 Final reflection on the learning outcomes

12h45 – 13h30 Conclusions, Final evaluation and awarding of the Youthpass certificates

After 13h30 Departures


*Please note, the program may be modified.


Participation fee: 50 € for the whole duration of the conference

Early bird participation fee (before October 5): 40 €

This includes the admission to all the sessions of the ELC, which range from the conferences held in the European Parliament, lectures and panel discussions by expert speakers, negotiations of the declaration to be presented in the European Parliament, trainings, evening cocktail to much more. The Certificate of Participation, Conference Kit, other materials and brochures, snacks throughout conference, refreshments during the conference breaks are also included.

Upon acceptance to the conference, payment instructions will be issued. All payment details will be sent to you in the confirmation e-mail. Participants may apply for a discount on the participation fee. The approval will be granted on an individual case basis, and is dependent on the applicant’s authentic need.

All accommodations and travel before, during and after the conference will be care of the delegates. As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants to cover their accommodations and travel expenses.

In case of event cancellation, participants should keep in mind, when making travel arrangements, that any expenses made other than registration fees will not be reimbursed. Registration fees will be reimbursed as soon as possible.

If the participant cancels more than 4 weeks before the start of the event, 50 % of the participation fee can be reimbursed to the participant. If the participant cancels within 4 weeks before the start of the event, 10 € of the registration fee will be refunded. All refunds are made in euros. WYAE cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations or bank charges.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at europe@wya.net.

Application process

The application process for attending the ELC 2018 is open now. The application deadline expires on Saturday, the 20th of October, 2018. To apply you must:

• Be from 18-30 years old

• Be residing in an European country

• Have a good level of English

• Submit an online application form

• Be a member of World Youth Alliance

If you are not yet a WYA member, please sign the Charter in order to become a member (prerequisite for participating in the ELC).

Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us at europe@wya.net.

Online Application Form




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