OECD Global Forum: Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy

Parallel session 1: Youth empowerment and intergenerational justice

Nov 17, 2022 | 1:15 PM - 2:10 PM



OECD data show that younger people tend to have lower trust in public institutions. They also continue to lack a voice in public life. For instance, only 22% of members of parliament are younger than 40 and in some OECD countries less than 5% of the central government workforce are 35 years or younger. It is now well established that the COVID-19 crisis has affected young people disproportionately, with likely consequences on their trust in public institutions. At the same time, young people have led social movements to demand greater ambition in tackling climate change and played an important role in building societal resilience during the pandemic. This session will provide the opportunity to discuss how governments can further empower young people in democratic processes and promote the well-being of today’s young and future generations, also in the context of ageing populations.

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