Continuity is an important feature of the work of the Community of Democracies, as supporting democracy ensures a safe, peaceful, and prosperous world for future generations. For this reason, the Community values the opinions of the youth, their expectations and hopes for democracy in the future as well as their plans to engage with and support democracy.
Launched during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Community (2009-2011), the Youth Dimension aims to strengthen the role of young people in democracy development around the world.
The Youth Dimension is currently coordinated by a Core Group of four organizations: European Institute for Democracy (Poland), Young Leaders Forum (Lithuania), Young Women for Change (Mongolia), and World Youth Movement for Democracy (international). These organizations gather to share their best practices and experiences in order to enhance youth participation in activities of the Community of Democracies. Through working closely with the Permanent Secretariat, the Youth Dimension liaises with the different pillars and dimensions of the Community and ensures harmony between the youth perspective and overall objectives of the Community of Democracies.
At the Seventh Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in April 2013, the Youth Dimension assembled nearly a hundred young democracy activists from various countries. These individuals delivered messages to the Ministerial Conference participants on the culture of democracy, education for democracy, and corruption. The resulting video message, presented by the Youth Dimension at the Ministerial Conference, exemplified the collective commitment of young people around the world to support democracy not only in their respective countries, but also beyond their borders.
At the Eighth Ministerial Conference, held in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 22-24, 2015, close to 100 young participants attended the youth forum and created a list of recommendations, which were then used to produce the San Salvador Declaration.
Read the Youth Recommendations for the Community of Democracies.