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EYMD 2016: When it comes to sustainability, what role do young people play?

Posted on: 21.05.2016

Strasbourg, May 20, EYMD 2016

Emmi Skyten, Irene Dominioni, and Uršula Zaletelj Reporting from the European Parliament in Strasbourg at the EYMD 2016

“I think that young people are involved,” says the European Youth Forum’s Dejan Bojanic, “But not in decision making. That is where the frustrations come from.”

In Autumn last year, the global community came together to make a change, accepting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Change. A list of collective goals spread across a number of themes, the aspirational agenda can only be achieved by working in unity – but Europe’s young people, socially and economically marginalised across the continent, wonder what role they can take in the process?

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Stephanie Beecroft, also of the European Youth Forum, added: “What really is important on all levels – local and global – is the participation of young people in the Agenda.”

But whether young people can overcome their challenges to mobilise on a local level and fundamentally effect global change remains to be seen.

© European Youth Media Days 2016 (EYMD 2016)