On the occasion of International Youth Day, marked on 12 August, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić calls for more meaningful participation of young people in decision-making processes to tackle the climate crisis and to revitalise democracy.
“The consequences of climate change affect everyone, but will of course have the greatest impact on the young generation. Many young people are frustrated that their concerns are not being factored into the decision-making process. It is only right that young people are given a seat at the table in policy discussions on how to address the climate crisis and that they are both listened to and heard. Youth work and youth participation - as promoted by the Council of Europe - are important elements in that process“, she said.