One of the UBC’s special emphasises has for some years been youth participation. Parallel to the XIV UBC General Conference, UBC Youthful Cities Commission organises a Youth Conference with over 60 participants, focusing on young people’s role in decision-making and shaping our common future.
The conference is partly funded by EU Erasmus+ program and brings together youth from 13 cities in the Baltic Sea Region. Purpose of the Youth Conference is to work on common issues such as participation, migration and leadership. Furthermore, the Youth Conference will interact with the UBC General Conference, as the youth participants will take part in many of the sessions in the General Conference in order to possibly place a youth perspective on the agenda. In addition, the purpose of the Youth Conference is to bring young people from around the region together to network and to share ideas and experiences.
During a briefing session on Wednesday morning, the youth are presented with tasks, issues or problems from the other UBC Commissions. Young people will then have 24 hours to come up with comments, views or solutions to them. These will be presented on Thursday morning in the plenary session “Listening to the Voices of Tomorrow”.
Previously, UBC Youthful Cities Commissions and partners have organised the Baltic Sea Region Youth Conference in connection with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’s 8th Annual Forum. This Youth Conference supported the seminar “Nothing about us without us – making it work!” which was part of the EUSBSR Forum official programme. Both were arranged jointly by the UBC, Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation and Euroregion Baltic.