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New youth sector strategy 2030: strengthening democracy through youth engagement

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 22 January 2020
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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 policy guidance to the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention for the ten years to come.

Young people’s creativity, dynamism, social commitment and competences are crucial for any sustainable democratic society. For almost fifty years, the Council of Europe youth sector has been supporting generations of young people and their organisations to become actors of social change and assists public authorities to implement participative youth policies.

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

  • Youth revitalising pluralistic democracy,
  • Young people’s access to rights,
  • Living together in peaceful and inclusive societies and
  • Youth Work.

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

The Youth sector strategy 2030 is being launched in the framework of the Georgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers (November 2019 – May 2020) which attaches the highest importance to the full and meaningful participation of young people in European societies, and aims notably at “strengthening democracy through education, culture and youth engagement”.


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