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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 31 March 2022
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


Main actors

The main Governmental authorities and public actors involved in policymaking, in the field of youth’s contribution to global processes of policymaking include:

Further details are provided in Chapter 5.4 Young people's participation in policymaking.


The main non-public actors involved in policymaking, in the field of youth's contribution to global processes of policymaking, include:

  • An Taisce: Ireland’s national trust. It is the National Operator for all international environmental education programmes of FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), including the Green flag Schools programme (discussed in Chapter 9.4 Raising awareness about global issues). 
  • ECO-UNESCO: Ireland's Environmental Education and Youth Organisation.  ECO-UNESCO works to conserve the environment and to promote the personal development of young people through practical environmental projects and activities. It is affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA).
  • Foróige: an Irish youth organisation which aims to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society.
  • The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI): the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. Further information about NYCI is available in Chapter 1.4 Youth policy decision-making.


General distribution of responsibilities between top-level and regional/local authorities

As illustrated above, the responsibility for youth's contribution to global policymaking, implementation, and follow-up, is divided between the government, local authorities, and non-governmental organizations.


Cross-sectoral cooperation

The Children and Young People’s Participation Support Team collaborates with other Government departments, statutory bodies, and non-governmental organisations in providing opportunities for children and young people to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives, with a strong focus on ensuring participation by seldom heard children and young people.

Ireland was the first country in Europe to have developed a cross-Governmental National Strategy on children and young people’s participation in decision making (Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020)