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There is no national programme for exchanges with policy-makers at the domestic level.
UN Youth delegates: think globally, act locally
Each year, since 2012, Austria has sent one youth delegate to the UN General Assembly. In Austria, the National Youth Council (Bundesjugendvertretung) is responsible for the programme.
Every country may send youth delegates to the General Assembly in order for them to represent the interests of children and young people worldwide. The design and mandate of the youth delegates regulated by every country and thus not uniform. In the run-up for their speech to the 3rd Committee of the UN General Assembly, Austrian youth delegates are tasked with obtaining input from Austrian children and young people by means of a participatory process. Furthermore, they shall raise broad awareness on the programme in numerous youth organisations. The Austrian representatives network with other youth delegates, address the General Assembly on youth issues and participate in plenary sessions and informal meetings.
The EU Youth Dialogue enables young people to collect their ideas, wishes and worries on the subject of youth in Europe and to thus introduce them into the European political debate. In 2018, in the course of the Trio Presidency over the Council of the European Union of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria, the European Youth Goals have been developed at corresponding youth conferences that engaged 50.000 young Europeans.
The eleven European Youth Goals encompass:
- Connecting EU with Youth
- Equality of All Genders
- Inclusive Societies
- Information & Constructive Dialogue
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Moving Rural Youth Forward
- Quality Employment for All
- Quality Learning
- Space and Participation for All
- Sustainable Green Europe
- Youth Organisations & European Programmes
In the most recent 7th edition of the EU Youth Dialogue on 'Creating opportunities for youth', 3,300 young Austrians (of 30,000 participating young Europeans) became involved and gave input on their attitudes, interests and needs. They participated via online questioning and local dialogue workshops.
Participation & Sustainable Development in Europe (partizipation.at)
The platformpartizipation.at provides information on various projects of municipalities, regions and federal states. The database of case histories contains a wide thematic and geographic variety of examples from all application fields of public participation in a big thematic and geographic, among them Youth participation projects.