5.10 Current debates and reforms
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Developing youth engagement through Olympism
The Government wants to get the general public involved in the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is achieved by implementing measures aimed at "developing bénévolat charity work opportunities for people with disabilities in major sporting events".
Several actions have been taken, including training 3,000 volunteers with disabilities. This measure is aimed in particular at permanently changing “discriminating social representations of disability, strengthening social ties and offering new meeting places”; as well as “boosting and diversifying sports bénévolat in France”.
In addition, initiatives aimed at strengthening youth participation have also been launched:
The preparation for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is indeed seen as a special opportunity to develop youth engagement. With a view to the 2024 Games, civic service missions, which will be geared towards preparing for and supporting this event, will be developed by the Civic Service Agency and French athletes.
In the SNE – national universal service (service national universel) system, sport is one of the 7 thematic modules provided during the cohesion residential trip. Young people will therefore be able to take part in sports while also being made aware of the values of Olympism.
Between 2020 and 2024, the Government wants more than a million young people to have been made aware of Olympism.
The recommendation of the CESES – Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Conseil économique, social et environnemental): encourage civic engagement and citizen participation in sustainable development
The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) is the third constitutional assembly in France after the National Assembly and the Senate. A consultative assembly alongside the public authorities, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) promotes dialogue between the different components of civil society and political decision-makers.
In October 2020, the "Education, Culture and Communication" section of the CESE took the initiative to produce an advisory notice and 18 recommendations on "citizen participation in sustainable development", which applies to young people in particular.
The objective of this advisory notice and the 18 recommendations is "to help all citizens, whether children, young people, adults or seniors, be able to build themselves up as eco-citizens/responsible citizens, i.e. those who inform themselves, educate themselves and/or train and act, in a responsible manner, throughout their life, in support of sustainable development”.
These 18 recommendations should advance the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The recommendations are based on three main focal points:
- Producing, promoting and spreading knowledge on sustainable development;
- Better education and training to implement sustainable development goals;
- Improving the tools and mechanisms for citizen participation in favour of sustainable development.