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9. Youth and the World

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

Last update: 26 March 2024
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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

During the process of determination of the policy measures and targets in the policy field “Youth in the International Arena” of the National Youth and Sports Policy Document (Ulusal Gençlik ve Spor Politikası Belgesi), workshops, meetings and special interviews with the youth are performed. In these negotiations and consultations with the youth, global problems were tackled and the approaches of the youth that came out in these issues shaped the general framework of the policy field “Youth in the International Arena”. These workshops on forming and updating policy in which the youth are invited to discuss global problems were moderated by experts on their fields or academicians who ensured that the agenda regarding the global problems was ascertained and followed.  

Students who are continuing with their masters and doctorates on the International Relations field came together with academicians working in different fields of politics and foreign policy makers for three days in the “Foreign Policy Workshops” organised at the initiative of the Prime Ministry Public Diplomacy Coordination, Strategic Researches Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Selçuk University Rectorship. In these workshops, principles, mechanisms on which the Turkish policy is based, initiatives on regional and global scale are discussed.

The International Summer Camp themed “Youth and Politics” organised within the scope of “Inter-Parliaments Exchange and Dialogue Project (Parlamentolar Arası Değişim ve Diyalog Projesi)” which is carried out jointly by the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the European Union and aims to maximise the role of the TGNA (Turkish Grand National Assembly) in the EU membership negotiation process by enhancing the dialogue among the parliamentarians in the TGNA and European Parliament and EU member country parliaments was realised in Istanbul. Parliaments from the TGNA and EU country parliaments participated in the Summer Camp that was organised within the framework of the project aimed at creating awareness on the opportunities and challenges in the Turkey’s EU accession process through contributing in the development of knowledge and understanding between Turkey and European Union and increasing visibility activities, and consulted and negotiated with the youth on international matters. 

n June 10, 2022, "Under30 Climate Summit" took place where young people gathered with experts, academics, activists, NGO members, and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas. The aim of this event was to inspire young people to take responsibility in shaping the future and building a sustainable world by combining their experiences and skills. One of the most important outcomes of this event was the emphasis on the central role of young people in climate advocacy and encouraging them to reflect environmental sensitivity in their lifestyles. The summit brought 500 environmentally and climate-conscious young people aged between 18 and 30 from 14 different cities together.


Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the international level

According to the Cooperation Protocol on Youth Polices (Gençliğe Yönelik Politikalarda İşbirliği Hakkında Protokol) between the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey and Federal Ministry of Woman and Youth of the Federal Republic of Germany, every year programs are organised to deepen the mutual youth and expert exchanges and youth works cooperation as to maintain ties and friendly relations between youth of the both countries. The youth between the ages of 12-26 can participate in the youth exchange in this context. Carrying out this protocol serves to determination of the cooperation fields on the youth policies by assessing the cooperation on the youth policies, coordinating the programs and measures, encouraging new partnerships.

The cooperation protocol envisions youth and expert exchange in all fields. In this context, a "Turkish-German Joint Experts Commission" has been established consisting of delegations from both countries. The specialized commission, which convenes annually, discusses the exchange themes between Türkiye and Germany and how they will be organized. Following the discussions, the activities envisioned for the following year are recorded in a protocol between the parties. The activities recorded in the protocol are then carried out mutually throughout the year. The "26th Meeting of Turkish-German Joint Experts Commission" was held on November 1-2, 2022, hosted by Germany in Nuremberg.

As part of "2022-2023 Cooperation Program between the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Türkiye and Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF)", International Media Training Camps were organized at the Istanbul Marmaracık Camp on June 04-09, 2022 and June 11-16, 2022. During the camp, a total of 130 Turkish and foreign young people working in the media field received training from expert educators and they had the opportunity to meet with experts in the media field and engage in discussions.