New Youth Sector Strategy 2030: Strengthening Democracy Through Youth Engagement

Today the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the new Youth Sector Strategy 2030 which will provide political guidance to the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention for the next ten years.

The creativity, dynamism, social commitment and skills of young people are crucial for any sustainable democratic society. For nearly fifty years, the youth sector of the Council of Europe has supported generations of young people and their organizations to become agents of social change and helps public authorities to implement participatory youth policies.

The new Youth 2030 sector strategy will give new impetus to this work in four thematic priorities:

  • Youth revitalizing pluralist democracy,
  • Young people’s access to rights,
  • Live together in peaceful and inclusive societies and
  • Youth work.

The Committee of Ministers, when adopting the new strategy, underlined the importance of the geographical scope and the unique role of the youth sector of the Council of Europe and its instruments, including the co-management system, European Youth Centers in Strasbourg and Budapest, the Youth Foundation and the partnership with the European Commission in the youth field.

The Youth 2030 sector strategy is launched as part of the Georgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers (November 2019 – May 2020) which attaches the utmost importance to the full and meaningful participation of young people in European societies, and aims in particular to “strengthen democracy through education, culture and the commitment of young people youth “.

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