9. Youth and the World
Empowering young people to participate in discussions regarding global issues is recognized as an integral part of national policy.
The strategic commitment to ensure that young people are contributing to global processes is visible in the main document that shapes the youth policy, the National youth strategy 2023-2030 (Strategija za mlade 2023-2030). The strategy is aligned with important international documents such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2015-2030 and the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027. It highlights the commitment to support the participation of young people from Serbia in international bodies and organizations such as the Council of Europe, Regional offices for youth cooperation and EU Youth Dialogue, enabling youth to be part of the conversation on important global issues. See Chapter 9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues.
In addition to the governmental bodies, NGOs and international organisation play an important role in advocating and campaigning for global issues as well as in motivating and educating young people in Serbia. See Chapter 9.2 Administration and governance.
The importance of education for sustainable development has been identified by the education system and aligned changes have been made. Global issues are covered on all education levels in formal education. In parallel, young people have the opportunity to learn about these topics through various forms of informal learning and public campaigns. See Chapter 9.4 Raising awareness about global issues.
Volunteering also fosters young people's participation in environmentally or nature friendly initiatives. Young people can get involved in volunteering activities at the national or international level, via the national programme for volunteering, Young Researchers of Serbia and other organizations. See Chapter 9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption.