9. Youth and the World
This chapter focuses on young people’s participation in all stages of policy-making relating to global issues and youth cooperation at the global level.
Sustainable development, green patterns of consumption and human rights engage many young people in Denmark. Furthermore, the annual survey on Danes’ knowledge of and opinion on Danish development cooperation activities indicates that young people have a more positive view of Danish development cooperation than older generations.
The current national strategy for development cooperation ‘The World We Share’ emphasises the role of young people as active citizens and agents of positive change, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark highlights youth as an important priority in its work. A key principle for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is actively promoting and implementing development with, by and for youth.
In Denmark, young people have a range of opportunities to formally engage with policy-makers on a national and international level.
NGOs and youth organisations in Denmark are the main arenas where youth participate in issues that are directly or indirectly related to global issues.