9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues
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Youth is involved in policy decision-making and exchanges between policymakers through the framework of implementing youth policy in municipalities. Each municipality in Lithuania established the positions of coordinators of youth affairs. The main functions of the coordinators of youth affairs are to assist the municipal institutions to frame and implement the municipal youth policy. The coordinator of youth affairs assists the municipal institutions to frame and implement a municipal youth policy Coordinator of youth affairs serves as a mediator between the politicians of the municipality, officers, as well as youth. Coordinators of youth affairs supervise and initiate measures, necessary for the performance of youth policy, as well as, where necessary, carry out youth situation surveys. With the view of due cooperation in the field of youth affairs, they furnish the institutions and persons concerned with information on the implementation of youth policy in the municipality, cooperate with the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Department of Youth Affairs, and such other institutions, youth organizations, non-formal youth groups, as well as take part in developing cooperation with the municipalities of foreign countries in the field of youth policy.
There is no formal mechanism of global exchanges between young people and policy makers at the international level; however Lithuanian Youth Council is involved in the process of promoting exchanges between youth and policy makers on national and international level. Lithuanian Youth Council is the biggest non-governmental, non-profit umbrella structure for Lithuanian national youth organizations and regional unions of youth organizations promoting exchanges between young people and policymakers on the international and national level and local and global issues. It is a full member of the European Youth Forum and a full member and founder of the Baltic Youth Forum and National Agency of International Youth Co-operation, which coordinates the European Union program “Youth in Action”. LiJOT is coordinating EURODESK Lithuania – a European information services network, which works in 33 European countries and provides exclusive European information for young people and youth workers. LiJOT seeks favorable changes for young people by serving as a platform for dialogue, Lithuanian youth organization interests, and initiatives. Lithuanian Youth Council provides suggestions to governmental institutions which work with problems of youth and youth organizations, organizes, analyzes and presents information about the work of youth organizations and governmental institutions which satisfy children and youth demands in Lithuania and abroad, and develops international relations and international cooperation between Lithuanian youth organizations and youth organizations from other countries through meetings, discussions, conferences, and other events. Lithuanian Youth Council also aims achieve Lithuania’s participation in UN Youth Delegates programs in the near future.