Random selection among Copenhagen youth

06. August 2021 Uhr
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In order to get more young people interested in local politics, the Danish capital Copenhagen invited young people between 16 and 24 to a citizens' assembly. From all those interested, 24 participants were randomly selected.

Local politics is probably not the most exciting topic of conversation for young people. Waste separation, more parking spaces or better standards in day-care centres are not necessarily part of their everyday life. So how can local politicians make decisions that have a positive impact on young people's daily lives? The city of Copenhagen now wants to find out.

Recommendations for mayor and city council

In cooperation with the organisation Demokrati Garage, the municipality invited all young Copenhageners between the ages of 16 and 24 to a Citizens' Assembly on Young Copenhagen. The assembly will hand over recommendations for a good life for young people to the Lord Mayor and City Council in autumn 2021.

"Basically, it's about opening up the democratic conversation. Especially for young people. I think it is very important that politics becomes relevant for young people, and that is where they can talk about their everyday life and their interests," says Franciska Rosenkilde, Mayor for Culture and Recreation about the project.

Better insight for politicians

"I hope that the young people who participate will feel a little bit that they themselves have become wiser and have had the opportunity to say what is close to their hearts. I also hope that it will give us politicians a better insight into what is on their minds," says Rosenkilde.

All residents between the ages of 16 and 24 have received the invitation to the citizens' assembly by email. The final assembly consists of 24 randomly selected young people from all those who applied by 22 August 2021. To reflect the diversity of young people in Copenhagen, the sortition process took into account the age, gender, origin and education of the applicants. The launch event took place on 14 September 2021. The Citizens' Assembly ends on 27 November 2021.

Engaging young people in democracy

"I think it is important that democracy is as close to the people as possible, that we involve young people in democracy and make them feel that they are heard. This means that we as politicians - on behalf of the people - have a better chance to make decisions that matter to young people, says Mayor Franciska Rosenkilde. "I hope that we will get a lot of useful information. I hope we get a better insight into young people's everyday lives and problems."

More Information: Borgersamling Unges København

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