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A Conversation about the Participation of Young People in Democracy: Time to Act?


, - Brüssel, Belgien

European Youth Forum and International IDEA


The event will discuss how to get young people engaged and involved in democracy.

For a fully inclusive and representative democracy, young people must participate in it and be properly represented by it. And so why aren’t young people participating in traditional democratic processes, such as elections, in larger numbers, and why are they not properly represented? This event will aim to explore this issue and look for innovative answers to solving this problem.

The young generation of today is the first ever generation of truly global citizens, connected to each other all over the world and able to exchange ideas and work together like never before. For democracy to evolve, political parties need to put young people at the core of their business.

During the conversation, we’ll also discuss the following questions:

  • Why are young people excluded from the traditional political processes?
  • What could be done to get young people interested in politics again and to bring them back into the mainstream political discourse?
  • How do we address the multiple challenges of high unemployment, risk of poverty, demographic change, low educational attainment rates and low turnout of young people in elections?

Please note that a finger luncheon will be served to participants from 12H00. A draft programme is provided below. However, a detailed programme with the final list of speakers will be sent to registered participants at a later stage.

Draft programme:

12.00 – 12.30: Registration and finger luncheon
12.30 – 12.40: Welcome by host (tbc)

12.40 – 13.00: Presentation of preliminary findings of League of Young Voters research on improving youth participation in democratic life - Mr. Tomaž Deželan (Researcher)

13.00 - 14:10: Moderated exchanted of views, with special guests (including MEPs, Mr Yves Leterme, Secretary-General of Int. IDEA, and Mr. Allan Päll, Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum

14.10 – 14.20: Signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between International IDEA and the European Youth Forum
14.20 – 14.30: Summary and conclusions

Contact information:
-Office of Int. IDEA to the EU: Mr. Andrew Bradley
A.bradley@idea.int Tel: +32 477 608 449

-European Youth Forum: Mr. John Lisney
john.lisney@youthforum.org Tel: +32 2 793 75 35

Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung:
Informationen auf dija.de

Belgien, Demokratie, Jugend, Partizipation

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