Political Leadership and Sustainable Development

Thirty-two young political and civic leaders from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia participated in a three-day training on “Political Leadership and Sustainable Development”, which took place in Durres, Albania.



The training, which was supported by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, focused on principles of responsible leadership in policy, public administration and non-governmental sector through the lenses of policies for sustainable development, as well as on characteristics that the present leader should have to deal with challenges to policies for sustainable development. Best practices to responsible leadership, criteria for sustainability, accountability and transparency in political management, role of parties, leaders, media and citizens in defining the public agenda, ways for achieving consensus between different perspectives towards sustainable development and European policies in this area were discussed during the course.

The participants met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania – Edmond Haxhinasto.

On 16th December 2010 the Macedonian TV Channel Alfa broadcasted a documentary inspired by the Regional Program of the Bulgarian School of Politics and shot during the seminar in Durres, Albania. The film is available on-line and could be seen at http://www.alfa.mk/default.aspx?mId=104&gId=403 (the clip dated 16.12.2010).


  • To contribute to development of a modern political and civic leadership culture in the Southeastern Europe region by encouraging democratic values, tolerance and establishing structured dialogue and cooperation between young political and civic leaders from the region,
  • To put the focus sustainable development, which meets the necessities the current generation without undermining the to meet those future generations,

To encourage young leaders to develop and apply policies which are consistent with all aspects of sustainable development – environmental, economic, social and institutional.

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