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9. Youth and the World

9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues

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  1. Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the domestic level
  2. Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the international level

Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the domestic level

 

Roundtable For Youth

The Roundtable for Youth is a formal, systematically monthly planned, optional discussion, organised by the Ministry of Human Capacities (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma). Representatives of the

  1. National Youth Council (Nemzeti Ifjúsági Tanács),
  2. the student governments,
  3. the young entrepreneurs,
  4. the scouts,
  5. the Hungarian youth from abroad,
  6. the National Association of Large Families (Nagycsaládosok Országos Egyesülete),
  7. a sports alliance and
  8. other organisations are always present at the forum.

The common feature of these organisations is to promote strong engagement among young people. The number of invitees is constantly expanding. The output of the conversations is typically a reminder of the discussions. As of 2020, the Roundtable for Youth is being reorganised.

 

Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the international level

 

United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

Hungary joined the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme (ENSZ Ifjúsági Küldött Program) in 2016. During this process, the Youth Delegate's standpoint is shaped by domestic discussions with Hungarian young people. The purpose of the delegate is to get the widest possible understanding of the views of young people in their country of origin, paying attention to the involvement of marginalised groups as well. The delegate tries

  • to bring the gathered experiences to as many domestic and international decision-makers as possible, and
  • make proposals to improve the situation of young people.
  • At the same time, the delegate also draws attention to sustainable development goals.

The Ministry of Human Capacities supports the implementation of the UN Youth Delegate Programme.

The current delegate is Sparks Jason. His goal is to represent the youth of Hungary, both on domestic and international events. His priorities include 

  1. advocating for prevention and immunisation,
  2. mental health, 
  3. development of quality education, and 
  4. protection of the environment.

The main non-state actor of the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme is the Delegate himself or herself, appointed by a seven-member committee every year.

Nevertheless, especially in Hungary there are no major negotiations happening related to this issue. However, it is clear, that due to demographic trends in Europe, including Hungary, the weight of youth policy is lower, while youth policy is becoming more and more valued in parts of the world where the proportion of young people is constantly increasing. As a result, youth formations within the UN are becoming increasingly important. 

Other forums and conferences

Young Hungarians are also given additional formal opportunities to exchange views on issues of global interest with Hungarian and foreign political decision-makers and relevant actors. For example, the UN ECOSOC Forum or the Visegrad Youth Forums (VYF). These platforms are formal, predictable and systematic. The UN forums are usually held in New York with the participation of the United Nations Youth Delegate (a küldött).