International IDEA, in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) and the Youth Political and Civic Engagement Cohort of the Summit for Democracy (S4D), held on 15 November 2022, an online peer-to-peer dialogue, Promoting the role of youth in political and democratic spaces. The event explored commitments on youth presented by governments at the S4D, drawing lessons learnt and identifying opportunities for further engagement for the Year of Action. It offered an opportunity for discussions between European Union (EU) and non-EU governments, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other relevant stakeholders on youth and political participation, and on youth, digitalisation, and online electoral integrity.
The event consisted of two sessions: ‘Youth participation in democratic processes’ and ‘Youth and online electoral integrity’. The former session discussed commitments on inclusive youth representation and efforts to increase their participation in democratic processes, as well as the role of civil society and potential future opportunities. The latter session focussed on empowering the participation of youth in the digital sphere, including the role that young people can play in safeguarding online electoral integrity and fighting mis- and disinformation.
Click here to read the full article published by International IDEA on 5 December 2022.