Young people in Italy are involved in global issues in various ways, from volunteering activities to formal and informal education, while also being targets of specific youth policies, notably in the fields of sustainable development, the environment and ecological transition as well as public diplomacy at an international level.
In this context, since 2015, young people have been not only beneficiaries of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development but also active players of its implementation. The 2030 Agenda and its national implementations require the development and activation of youth policies and actions to ensure their full implementation. Most of the active policies and programs through which young people are involved in global issues at a national level are inscribed in the logic of environmental, social, and economic sustainability as promoted by the 2030Agenda.
In Italy, young people are currently involved on three main global issues: the National Sustainable Development Strategy, which includes exchanges with policy makers at a global level, and climate change. In this context, the main actions and initiatives include the activation of a youth group within the Forum for Sustainable Development, promoted by the new Ministry for Ecological Transition, taking part in the revision process of the National Sustainable Development Strategy; the organization of the Y7 and Y20 summits by the Young Ambassadors Society, in the UK and Italy respectively, with Italian youth delegations; the organization of top-level events for young people and their inclusion in preparation of the United Nations Conventions on Climate Change Pre-COP26 (Milan 2021) and COP26 (Glasgow 2021).