Over an intense working day, our Delegates continued drafting and discussing their policy recommendations. Working Sessions #2 and #3 were characterised by in-depth content work and considerations to ensure the consolidated voice of the young generation is properly heard and carries a strong political message.
These passionate debates continued in the Track Café, an open format during which delegates shared the work progress of their respective Tracks and gathered feedback from their fellow delegates.
The highlight of today’s summit programme was a High-Level Exchange on Youth7 & International Youth Participation with Federal Youth Minister Lisa Paus.
Federal Minister Paus recognised that personal encounters and direct dialogue with political decision-makers are a necessity for meaningful international youth participation. In a lively Q&A session after her remarks, Minister Paus responded to questions raised by the Delegates on youth participation in environmental politics, for example on Germany’s G7 initiative to form an International Climate Club or on non-formal international youth work, which in Germany is managed, among others, by highly active bilateral youth coordination offices.
Our Delegates had an opportunity to talk more informally with Federal Minister Paus in the Sky Lounge and advocate for their priority topics, such as Youth, Peace and Security.
The second day of the Youth7 Summit closed with Working Session #4, during which Delegates finalised their Track recommendations and prepared for the final vote on the Youth7 Communiqué 2022. Work was so intense that some skipped the evening programme to perfect their text!