The III EU-LAC Youth Days were organised by the EU-LAC Foundation in collaboration and with the support of the European Union. They were held at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, on 15-16 November 2022, in a hybrid format to facilitate virtual access to the sessions.
In continuity with the successful first two editions held in Quito (Ecuador, 2015) and Zaragoza (Spain, 2018), this third edition of the EU-LAC Youth Days resumed the process of exchange and dialogue between young people from both regions.
The EU-LAC Foundation is an international organisation based in Hamburg (Germany), composed of the European Union (EU) and its Member States, the EU itself, and all the Latin American and Caribbean countries that make up the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Its mission is to strengthen the bi-regional strategic partnership by promoting dialogue and knowledge exchange between civil society and government decision-makers on priority issues for both regions, including youth. The overall objective of the III EU-LAC Youth Days was to provide a platform for constructive and meaningful dialogues involving young people from both regions in the reflection on the future of bi-regional relations between Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union, and thus contribute ideas for the future. In this framework, common challenges and opportunities linked to issues such as youth participation, advocacy and engagement, education, employment, social inclusion, and green and digital transitions were discussed.
This activity was part of the European Year of Youth 2022, which highlighted the importance of European youth in building a more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive future and, therefore, was also aligned with the initiative of the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Council of CELAC. It also coincided with the new Youth Action Plan (YAP) in EU external action (2022-2027) launched in October 2022, which seeks to build a strategic partnership with young people and create spaces and opportunities for them to participate in policy formulation and decision-making.