The Global Parliament of Mayors and the City of Monrovia are joining forces to host an insightful webinar titled Caring Cities: Youth Engagement in Policy Development, Democratic Processes, and the Labor Market. The webinar scheduled for September 15 at 15:00 CEST and will focus on policies that cities can enact to foster the engagement of young citizens in democratic processes, policy and the labor market.
Every day, leaders around the world make important decisions about the future of our planet. These choices impact young people the most, yet too often they’re excluded from decision-making.
The latest IPU report on Youth Participation in National Parliaments highlights that while nearly half the world’s population is under 30, a sizeable deficit persist in the political representation of young people worldwide. Less than 3% of parliamentarians globally are under 30, and less than 1% of these young members of parliament are women. The future lies in the hands of young people – especially in Africa. In sub-saharan Africa, 70% of the population is under the age of 30. A special focus is needed on formal, accountable and long-term youth policies and engagement strategies in policy development, democratic processes and the labour market. Action plans that advance youth employment and social protections are needed, as well as the establishment of youth councils, coalitions and committees that provide young people transparent, meaningful and diverse platforms to engage with each other and those in power.
The webinar will feature esteemed panelists who have made significant contributions to the topic including:
Host Mayor Jefferson Koijee (Monrovia, Liberia)
GPM Chair Mayor Ricardo Rio (Braga, Portugal)
Mayor Geoffrey Ngiriker (Nebbi Uganda)
Deputy Mayor Samir Avdic (Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Wanjuhi Njorge (Global Shaper at World Economic Forum)
Moderated by Dr. Stefania Forte