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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

Last update: 2 July 2024

In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in the engagement of young people across Italy in addressing global issues. This demographic is increasingly drawn to opportunities that allow them to make a meaningful impact, ranging from volunteerism and various forms of education, to international internships and work placements, as well as participation to national and international forums and events. Moreover, global issues are becoming focal points for targeted youth policies, particularly in areas such as sustainable development, environmental stewardship, ecological transition and public diplomacy.

Since 2015, Italian youth have been not only recipients but also active participants in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implementation of this Agenda at the national level has prompted the formulation and activation of tailored youth policies and initiatives in the field of environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

This evolving landscape highlights Italy's commitment to empowering its youth as catalysts for positive change, equipping them with the tools and platforms needed to effectively contribute to global challenges. Through structured programs and policies, young Italians are able not only to advocate for sustainable practices but also to drive tangible actions that resonate both locally and internationally.