9.7 Current debates and reforms
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The COVID-19 Pandemic hit this area in a significant manner. Many programmes needed to transform into online space. Regarding the youth field, a significant initiative of Germany on how to foster the international youth-work cooperation, is the development of the DINA International, an online platform for digital youth work, in which the Czech Republic has participated through the Czech-German coordination centre Tandem.
The implementation of the EU Just Transition Fund also opened a space for more youth inclusion in this initiative and The Ministry of the Environment is preparing in cooperation with the Youth Field a possible new setup for Youth Inclusion.
In 2023, Czech UN Youth Delegate attended for the first time not just the 3rd committee of UNGA but also the ECOSOC Youth Forum where he delivered a speech on behalf of the Czech Republic at the official ministerial round table. Given the raising number of activities and further opportunities, there is a on-going discussion about the expansion of the UNYD programme both in number of delegates and the events they are taking part in.
In 2020 the Minister of the Environment confirmed the Czech Republic's commitment to meaningfully involve young people in the implementation of the national climate policy. The signing of the so-called Climate Pledge for Youth (Kwon-Gesh Pledge) took place with the support of representatives of organizations that have long been fighting for more consistent action on climate change and education.
The international cooperation in the youth sector in the last years was mostly focused on the upcoming Czech EU Presidency 2022. There, sustainability and "Green Europe" were highlighted as important priorities.