Governance for Youth, Trust and Intergenerational Justice
Fit for All Generations?
Global transformations – from population ageing to digitalisation, rising inequalities
and climate change – have created profound uncertainties for young people and future
generations, despite unprecedented access to information, education and technology.
Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing challenges in youth’s
mental well-being and employment, while raising concerns about the sustainability
of public finances.
This report provides the first comparative assessment of the policies, laws, institutional
capacities and governance tools put in place by 42 national governments and the European
Union to promote youth empowerment and intergenerational justice. It sets benchmarks
for cross-country comparisons in three main areas: 1) Supporting youth’s transition
to an autonomous life, 2) Enhancing youth’s participation and representation in public
life as well as trust in government, and 3) Delivering fair policy outcomes for all
generations. Finally, it provides practical insights for policy makers, civil society
and young people seeking to build a present and future that leaves no generation behind.