What is Agenda 2020?

“Agenda 2020” is a medium-term strategic document on youth policy. It was unanimously approved by the youth ministers of almost 50 European States at the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth in Kyiv on 10-11 October 2008, and expresses the pan-European consensus on the principles, priorities and approaches.

Conference Declaration

Background documents

  • “The future of the Council of Europe youth policy: AGENDA 2020”: Background document. Prepared by the secretariat - Directorate of Youth and Sport. Consultant: Dr. Gavan Titley
  • Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe. Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 25 November 2008 at the 1042nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies.

Political context

The specific context of youth policy is currently marked by the engagement of the  member  states  of  the  Council  of  Europe  to  clarify  the  mission  of  this  Organisation,  to  formulate  its  role  vis-à-vis  the  European  Union  and  to  (re)-focus  its  priorities  and  action  on  its  core  mission.  This  process,  which  has  notably resulted in the Action Plan adopted by the  third Summit of Heads of State  and  Government  in  2005,  involves  also  an  ongoing  reflection  by  governments on improving the efficiency of the Council of Europe in a context of budgetary constraints. 

The “Agenda 2020” first sets down the three grand themes that European youth policy will address with priority over the next twelve years: human rights and democracy; the promotion of cultural diversity; and social inclusion. In each of these three dimensions, a set of six specific topics (with even more subject areas) defines in more detail the full range of future action. What distinguishes the text from previous programmatic documents is both its tone and thematic scope.