9.1 General context
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There are no specific Danish concepts or definitions used in relation to youth participation and policymaking at the global level.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for an annual survey on Danes’ knowledge of and opinion on Danish development cooperation activities. According to the 2021 survey:
- Young people support Denmark’s participation in development cooperation activities on a level similar to other age groups. In the 18-30-year age group, 64% respond that they support Denmark’s participation in development cooperation activities. The corresponding number for the entire population is 63%. Young people’s support has increased by 13 percentage points since 2019.
- The percentage of young people who have participated in voluntary activities helping third world countries (e.g. collected donations for NGOs such as Red Cross Denmark and Save the Children Denmark) is higher than the percentage for the entire population. In the 18-30-year age group, 33% have participated in voluntary activities, whereas 17% of the population in its entirety (including young people) have done so.
- Finally, 89% of young people below the age of 35 know about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Out of these 89 %, 26% answer that they know the development goals ‘very well’. In comparison, 81% of the entire population know about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is an increase of 4 percentage points since 2019 and 2020. Moreover, out of these 81%, only 15% answer that they know the development goals ‘very well’.
As in many other countries, young people’s interest in sustainable living and green consumption/production has increased in recent years. This trend is evident in a number of surveys such as Concito’s Climate Barometer. Since 2010, the Danish think tank Concito has published findings on the knowledge, actions, and opinions of the Danish population regarding climate challenges in the Climate Barometer. According to the latest Climate Barometer from 2020:
- 90% of the 18-29-year age group respond that they to a large degree or to some degree consider global climate changes a problem. The corresponding number for the entire population is 86%.
- Moreover, 67% of the 18-29-year age group respond that they to a high degree or to some degree worry that climate changes will affect them personally in their lifetime. The corresponding number for the entire population is 35%.