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9. Youth and the World

9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues

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  1. Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the domestic level
  2. Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the international level

Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the domestic level

In Republic of North Macedonia there is no defined top-level policy, programme or initiative that allows young people to exchange views on global issues with policy makers.

There were some efforts coming from National Youth Council of Macedonia to introduce Structural Dialogue as efficient tool dialogue between young people and decision makers, but in Republic of North Macedonia there is still no national working group for Structured Dialogue and there is no based evidence whether and in what extent Macedonian youth use this mechanism.

Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the international level

Young people with its representatives have been part of the process of Structural Dialog: The mechanism that European Youth Ministers created for consultation, that allows them to stay in a continuous dialogue with young people covering the policies affecting them in particular, and among them, Global issues.

Young people from Republic of North Macedonia have taken part of the consultation processes with its own nominated youth representatives at EU Youth Conference Riga, Latvia, (March 2015), EU Youth Conference Luxembourg,(September 2015), Western Balkans Youth Conference Paris (July 2016), EU Youth Conference Košice, Slovakia (October 2016), EU Youth Conference Malta, (March 2017), EU Youth Conference Sofia (April 2018), EU Youth Conference Bucharest (March 2019) and EU Youth Conference Zagreb (March 2020).

During the process of Structural Dialog among other subjects, the focus was also given to solving Global Issues, as a main goal of the process was to ensure that youth policy at European, national and local level is developed with, not for, young people.

Republic of North Macedonia as program country in Erasmus+ programme, occasionally is giving opportunities to young people to participate in Erasmus+ Key Action 3 projects about Structured Dialogue. These seminars are ad-hoc, and usually are organized in partnership between Republic of North Macedonian CSO and CSO’s from abroad.