9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues
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Structured dialogue is the only integrated top-level programme that allows young people to exchange views regarding global issues with policy-makers at the domestic level. According to mlad.si the Youth Network MaMa, together with the National Youth Council of Slovenia, organised the 7th cycle of the structured dialogue, which began in January 2019. The cycle focuses on the future of work, challenges and opportunities for young people; addressing opportunities for young people through quality youth work and providing education and training for youth workers; and creating opportunities for young people in rural areas.
Several individual initiatives enable(d) young people to present their views, such as the following:
- A dialogue with the Vice President of the European Union, Frans Timmermans, on the future of the European union, as well as its integration and challenges (mlad.si).
- A dialogue with the European Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, on youth’s perspective on future of the EU (mlad.si).
- A dialogue with the former Prime Minister, Dr. Miro Cerar, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on youth and the future of the EU.
Since 2014, every year, the Slovenian youth delegate to the UN has taken part in the session of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which is dedicated to human rights topics.
The delegate participates regarding social development, and he or she appears together with the diplomatic representative of the Republic of Slovenia. The annual participation of a youth delegate at the UN during the autumn session of the General Assembly in New York allows this delegate to exchange views with other youth delegates, as well as with representatives of states and decision-makers at the international level.
Employees working in the human rights sector (Sektor za človekove pravice) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have contacts with the delegate during his or her preparations for participation in international forums.
Structured dialogue evolved as a method of working in consultation with young people to encourage their active participation in society.
- The National Youth Council of Slovenia guides the national preparatory process for the implementation of a structured dialogue at the EU level. This council is guided by the National Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives of the following: