9.3 Exchanges between young people and policy-makers on global issues
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Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the domestic level
Young people can use national forums (such as Young Wales, Funky Dragon, the UK Youth Parliament, Local Youth Councils and Youth Voice) to raise their concerns about global issues with national policy-makers. Note these forums are not specifically focused on young people's concerns at the global level.
In March 2020, a youth climate conference was held, building on 2019’s Climate Change Wales conference. Young people pledged to join the Welsh government in its response to the climate emergency.With key speakers Extreme Environment Athlete Richard Parks, Future Generations Academy for Young Leaders representative Molly Palmer and Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths, the conference encouraged those attending to share their experiences of climate change and to commit to a low carbon future. Pledges, designed by young people for themselves, their schools and their communities, will be collected and incorporated into the next Low Carbon Delivery Plan.
Further information about these forums is provided in the article on 'Youth representation bodies' in the Chapter on 'Participation'.
Global issues exchanges with policy-makers at the international level
Young people from the UK are able to exchange their views on global issues with international policy-makers through the following forums:
- The UK Young Ambassadors project gives young people from across the UK a voice at an international level about the issues and decisions which affect them; 12 individuals aged 18-25 are elected to represent the views of young people from their respective areas across the UK at international meetings and forums around the world, including climate change and G20 summits.
- The European Youth Forum is a democratic and youth led platform, which represents national youth councils from across Europe, working to empower young people by representing and advocating their interests and needs; the British Youth Council is a member of the European Youth Forum on behalf of the whole of the UK.
- The Commonwealth Youth Forum provides young Commonwealth citizens with the opportunity to discuss issues, share their experiences, identify best practice and build consensus on issues that matter most to them.
The first UN Youth Climate Summit was held in September 2019, with a UK delegation present. As well as this, the UN Youth Summit is held biannually across the globe in which young people from across the UK participate. In 2019 the focus for the summit will be on Sustainable Development Goal 4 - quality education.