On Friday, 11 October 2019, the World Future Council announced that the 2019 Future Policy Bronze Award had been conferred on the Council of Europe’s co-management system in the youth field. This is the system whereby youth NGOs and governments have an equal say in decision and policy making in the governing bodies of the Council of Europe youth sector.
On hearing this news, Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy, said “I am very pleased that this Award has recognised the Council of Europe’s cutting-edge youth co-management system as one of the world’s best policies to empower young people. This Award is also an encouragement for all our member states and stakeholders to promote the Council of Europe’s youth policy standards for the benefit of all young people in Europe. This year, the Council of Europe is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Over this period, the Council of Europe has helped shape generations of democracy- and human rights-spirited young Europeans and will continue doing so in the years to come.”.
The Award was presented to Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade and former member of the Advisory Council on Youth, at a ceremony in the margins of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrade, Serbia on Wednesday 16 October 2019.
The theme of this year’s award is youth empowerment; it celebrates policies that advance young women and men’s access to decent jobs and stimulate their civic engagement and political participation. In 2019, were nominated for the award for their activities on empowering youth.
For more information:
Council of Europe press release
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