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9. Youth and the World

9.1 General context

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  1. Main concepts
  2. Youth interest in global issues

Main concepts

There are no specific Danish concepts or definitions used in relation to youth participation and policymaking at the global level.  

Youth interest in global issues

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 2019 survey:

  • Young people support Denmark’s participation in development cooperation activities less than other age groups. In the 18-30-year age group, 50% responded that they support such participation, whereas, to take just one example, the corresponding number for the 61-75-age group is 62%. Of the entire population, 57% support Denmark’s participation in development cooperation activities.
  • In contrast, young people make up a higher proportion of those who participate in collecting donations for NGOs such as Red Cross Denmark and Save the Children Denmark. Of the young people surveyed, 17% have participated in collecting such donations, whereas 11% of all of those surveyed (including young people) have done so.
  • Moreover, 75% of the population know about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, although most people responded that they have a somewhat cursory knowledge of these goals. The proportion of young people under the age of 35 who know the development goals very well (20%) is higher than the percentage of those aged 35 and older (7-8%) who know the goals very well.

As in 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. Since 2010, the Danish think tank Concito has published a survey on the knowledge, actions and opinions of the Danish population regarding climate challenges.

In the 2020 survey, 90% of the 18-29-year age group responded 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 responded 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%.