9. Youth and the World
Throughout Austrian politics and policies, global issues play an important role. Different Federal Ministries are involved in conveying important global goals. Moreover, NGOs play a crucial role in advocating and campaigning for global issues as well as in motivating and educating young people.
Young people in Austria actively participate in the discussion on global processes and policies as well as in global youth cooperation. From school onwards, they are sensitised for issues that affect or concern people throughout the world, such as environmental affairs, human rights, and sustainable international development.
In different projects and associations, young people are particularly taking action to promote environmental matters. A recent (2020) study by the Institute for Youth and Youth Cultural Research (Institut für Jugendkulturforschung) shows that more than eight out of ten children and young people are most concerned about climate change and environmental pollution, and 88% hold that only immediate measures can tackle the issue. It is thus the key concern of young people, regardless whether they live in the city or on the countryside and which school type or educational background they come from. Young people in Austria also wish for more information on environmental protection.
In terms of Sustainable Development, the Section for Family and Youth at the Federal Chancellery sees the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a global orientation framework for the continuous optimisation of national family and youth policy ("Internationale Jugendpolitik: nachhaltige Entwicklung"). The identification of children and young people with the 2030 Agenda and their political participation are viewed as central to achieving the development goals. Furthermore, the Section has found its competence in working on a number of the goals (1 - end poverty, 3 - healthy life for all, 4 - inclusive, high-quality education, 5 - gender equality, 10 - reduce inequalities between countries, 16 - peaceful and inclusive societies).