The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
As the United Nations turns 75, and with only 10 years remaining to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all, trust in public institutions is eroding. Last year NATO turned 70 (slightly younger then the UN :) ), and is now also looking at 2030 with the NATO reflection process.
At the international level, against the backdrop of an increasingly polarized world, the international system of governance is currently undergoing a crisis of legitimacy and relevance. In particular, this crisis is rooted in the need to strengthen the capacity of the international system to act in concert and implement solutions to pressing challenges and threats.It are these challenges that put forward the importance of the work we are doing with Atlantic Forum, connecting youth with NATO at the national and international level. Whether it is through seminars, work visits or sending young people to conferences (such as the CoEs), the engagement of young people is vital for national and NATO level institutions and processes.