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Voices of Future – What is the YDC up to at the S4D3?

In the dynamic landscape of global democracy, the Youth Democracy Cohort stands as a beacon for youth engagement and political participation. As we gear up for the upcoming Summit for Democracy, the Youth Democracy Cohort partnered with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will present a full day of impactful sessions under the overarching theme of this “S4D, Democracy for Future Generations.”

After what the Youth Democracy Cohort calls a “power-packed morning” featuring renowned figures and insightful discussions, we’ll organise a discussion panel, “From Success to Inspiration“, promising to showcase success stories of youth-led initiatives, exploring innovative approaches that resonate across diverse communities.

Moderated by Ken Godfrey, Executive Director of European Partnership for DemocracyEPD– , the panel will delve into the key strategies, evidence-based approaches, and also innovative and sustainable practices that make youth-led initiatives thrive.

Innovation Exchange & Recommendations

Dedicated to empowering young leaders and crafting advocacy strategies aligned with the Seoul Declaration, the goal of this afternoon workshop is to foster a more inclusive democratic future where every youth voice isn’t just heard but actively shapes the course of democracy.

Together, we’ll harness the energy and ideas of young leaders as we brainstorm innovative campaigns that resonate with the principles of the Seoul Declaration for a more inclusive democratic future. It’s a unique opportunity to collaborate, strategise, and pave the way for meaningful change, ensuring that youth voices are not only acknowledged but become integral to the fabric of our democracies.

More information soon

Events that may be of interest to you

We have compiled the events in this document or below (with external links)

19 March, Seoul, South Korea:

Disability Rights and Elections: Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Elections (BRIDGE) training module showcase
09:45 – 11:15 – Room 301
By the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Australian Election Commission, and the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (more info here)

Future of Democracy in the Digital Age: Navigating Opportunities and Risks for Youth Political Participation
09:45 – 11:15 – Room 305
By Restless Development (more info here)

Finding a balance: youth, new technologies and democracy
11:30 – 12:30 – Room 317
By Club de Madrid and the European Partnership for Democracy (info here)

From Tokenistic to Transformative: Youth Inclusion in the Democratic Governance of Technology
11:30 – 12:30 – Room E3
By National Endowment for Democracy

Voices for the Future
14:00 – 17:00 – Room E3/E2
By Youth Democracy Cohort and European Partnership for Democracy

Youth Leading Democracy: Innovations from the Global South
16:30 – 18:00 – Room 308
By International Republican Institute 

Partners for Democracy Day, 19 March, Global:

The Role of Youth in Promoting Democracy in Burundi

  • Ngozi, Burundi
  • 10:00 – 12:00 CET
  • By Youth Union for Peace and Development
  • Info here

Civic Tech for Electoral Reforms

  • Online
  • 14:00 – 15:30 CET
  • By iVoting
  • Info here

Strengthening Democracy: Citizen Electoral Observation and Youth Participation

  • Hybrid // Asuncion, Paraguay
  • 15:00 – 17:30 CET
  • By Alma Civica, TEDIC, SAKA, Decidamos, Electoral Transparency
  • Info here