International Youth Day: EU announces Youth Sounding Board for International Partnerships 2023–2025
August 14, 2023
Ahead of the International Youth Day, 12 August, the European Commission announced the 25 young people selected to be members of the 2023–2025 European Union Youth Sounding Board for International Partnerships. The board will advise Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, and the Directorate-General for International Partnerships on youth participation and empowerment in EU external action. This is the second edition of the International Partnerships Youth Sounding Board after the first cohort ended their mandate in July.
The Youth Sounding Board members were selected through an open call that resulted in more than 4 500 applications from 150 countries. For the next two years, the board will be composed of 14 women and 11 men, aged 19–29. Ten members come from Africa, six from Asia, one from the Pacific, five from Latin America and the Caribbean, and three from the European Union.
Under the mandate of Commissioner Urpilainen, the EU has put more emphasis on pro-actively engaging with young people to foster sustainable development worldwide. The Youth Action Plan in EU external action, adopted in October 2022, formalises this vision of partnership with young people as essential actors of change for more democratic, equal, inclusive and peaceful societies. The EU Youth Sounding Board 2021–2023 participated in co-creating the Youth Action Plan, and the Youth Sounding Board 2023–2025 will be involved in its implementation.