9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues
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There are no defined top-level policies, programmes or projects in Luxembourg, but there are ad-hoc meetings between NGOs and policy-makers where global issues are discussed. In general, there is a high willingness of policy-makers to exchange views and discuss challenges with civil society stakeholders. Most of the ministries have installed working groups in which civilian representatives are involved. In May 2019, four so-called ClimateXchange-meetings have been organised by the ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development and the ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development in close cooperation with the National Pupil Conference of Luxembourg. The meetings took place in different secondary schools across the country. Pupils were given the opportunity to participate actively in the development of a strategy to combat global warming. Afterwards, a pupil delegation presented a draft report to the government with the main results and conclusions of these meetings. The report will be taken into consideration for the preparation of the upcoming national energy and climate plan as well as the new strategic plan for agriculture.
Global issues were also on the agenda of the 2019 youth convention. This convention was entitled 'Youth Goals – your future, your objectives' and includes five workshops on different issues. One workshop dealt with sustainability and the related challenges for individual behavior and societal development.
Luxembourg participates in the UN Youth Delegate Programme where delegates provide input to their delegation on issues related to youth and partake in their delegation's general work by attending meetings and informal negotiations. Youth delegates can participate in several inter-governmental meetings at the United Nations. Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council. Two young people from Luxembourg are attending the Programme in 2020.