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9. Youth and the World

9.7 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 28 November 2023

The main debates in relation to youth and global issues verse about climate change. In relation to this matter, the Youth Council of Spain made a decalogue of proposals related to youth. The first of these proposals calls for a just transition to a sustainable and clean future. The proposals made to achieve this are:

  • Eliminate short domestic flights, relying on an existing, direct rail alternative with different daily frequencies of less than four hours.
  • Fulfil the European Green Pact and develop it in full, with climate policies focused on sustainable agro-ecology and sustainable livestock farming that enable the development of young rural people.

September 2023 marks the 22nd edition of the Youth and Development University, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe under the theme "Youth, Peace and Climate Change". The event brings together more than 230 participants from more than 70 countries, including young people, youth workers, youth experts and decision-makers from international youth organisations and youth policies.

The Action Plan 22-24 of the Youth Strategy 2023 indicates the main reforms and actions to be carried out in the field of youth. Objective 6.4 aims to bring the European Union closer to young people and to develop volunteering, training and employment programmes. Among its measures is the Promotion of Dialogue with Youth. It promotes the participation of young people in democratic life and European youth policies through deliberations at national level between young people and policy makers.