Reinforce the participation of young people in democratic life

Reinforce the participation of young people in democratic life

Participation is a fundamental (human) right, protected by the United Nations and included in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 12). It involves the process of engaging young people in decisions and institutions that affect their lives. Through active participation, young people are empowered and have a vital role both in their personal development and in the development of the communities they live in. In addition, through participation, the social inclusion of young people is promoted; social exclusion is fought and intergenerational ties are strengthened. Ensuring the participation of young people is critically important for the sound functioning of our democracies and for the sustainability of policies that have an impact on the lives of young people.