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9. Youth and the World

9.1 General context

Last update: 1 December 2023

Main concepts

The National Strategy for Sustainable Development (SNSvS) is a strategy approved in 2017 on the proposal Ministry of the Environment (at the time) and the protection of the territory and the sea (MATTM) now renamed Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security, to implement the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the review of the SNSvS - which represents the first step to outline the principles and objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at a national level - in Italy, a process has been launched which envisages the involvement of a plurality of subjects, based on the cardinal principle of inclusion: businesses, municipalities, regions, citizens and associations (Cf. 5.4).

The National Conference for Sustainable Development was held on June 21st 2022, the last stage of the three-years-long revision process of the SNSvS.

The event, organized as part of the CreiamoPA Project and in collaboration with the National Forum for Sustainable Development - which has accompanied the implementation of the SNSvS since its inception and which represents around 200 civil society organizations and non-state actors - was the opportunity to present the SNSvS22, while also telling the story of the path that led to its revision and reflecting on the new forms of collaboration to be put in place for its implementation.

Youth interest in global issues 

Although there are no regular national surveys or studies on global issues at a national level, there has recently been an increased interest, awareness, and participation of young people in matters related to the environment, climate change, and sustainable development. 

The interests of young people in global issues is promoted in the context of several national policy frameworks: cross-border mobility in the fields of education, training (Cf.cap 6) and employment (Cf. 3.7), as well as international volunteering (Cf. 2.5).