An initiative to involve youth in the Baltic Sea Region

We can all agree that the youth are the decision makers of tomorrow. Therefore, engaging youth in questions about tomorrow is crucial to foster a sense of responsibility, belonging and unity.

Despite of this, youths seem to be low on the agenda in the Baltic Sea Region. Youth voter participation is low in many countries and several countries lack tools, institutions and funding for youth politicians. 

This is why, the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation together with the Union of Baltic Cities, the Euroregion Baltic and the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, with support of PA Culture, started an initiative for increasing youth participation in the Baltic Sea Region by inviting youth to an inspiring Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019. The camp will be held in the days before the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Gdansk 2019. 

The Youth Camp will bring together youths from the Baltic Sea Region to promote cultural understanding and a feeling of togetherness in the region. The camp will offer a forum for debate and discussions where youths can discuss issues of importance for the future of the region and raise awareness around its sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals will be highlighted with a special focus on the Regeneration 2030 movement and the EUSBSR AF (Circular and Sharing Economy) – responsible consumption and production as especially crucial in this regard.