9. Youth and the World
This chapter provides the context of young people`s participation at global level and their inclusion in policy making about global issues.
The participation of young people from Croatia in world affairs is moderately encouraged at national level, mostly by informing young people how and where to apply to participate (by Central State Office for Demography and Youth). See chapter Exchange between young people and policy-makers on global issues.
Last valid National Youth Programme 2014 – 2017 included the strategic goal “Youth in the European and global context”. The area “Youth in the European and global context” of the National Youth Programme 2014-2017 was focused on the participation of youth, youth sector stakeholders and relevant institutions in creating youth policies on the level of the EU, Council of Europe and the United Nations, as well as on stimulating youth mobility on the European and global levels.
With the support of the former Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Croatia has been successfully implementing the European Youth Card project, the purpose of which is: “To support the youth in researching and preserving the rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage of Croatia and Europe, expanding and enriching the youth experience, developing their creativity and desire to research new cultures, expanding multiculturalism and active youth participation in society.”
Current situation in Croatia shows that young people have an opportunity to learn about global questions and issues through formal, non-formal and informal learning. They are mostly engaged in environmental issues, preventing peer violence and sustainable development. For information on programs, initiatives and activities see also Raising awareness about global issues.