The OECD's Youth Advisory Board is made up of brilliant young people aged 18‒30 from OECD countries. Youthwise was launched in 2021 to bring youth perspectives and ideas to the OECD, and improve youth understanding of the Organisation’s work and international policy making.
So far, 2022 has seen Youthwise members speak at the Ministerial Council Meeting, marking the first time young people have been formally invited to the OECD’s highest-level meeting.
Read on to learn more about the programme’s activities and members.
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Follow the activities of Youthwise members below:
First informal meeting where the new Youthwise members 2022 initiated discussions on their work programme and next steps.
Youthwise was officially launched during a high-level panel of policymakers and members of youth organisations to discuss the main findings of the OECD policy paper “Delivering for youth: How governments can put young people at the centre of the recovery”, compiling the views of youth organisations from 72 countries on their experiences through the COVID-19 crisis, and analysing national response and recovery plans across OECD countries.
Speakers' contributions centred on how governments can strengthen public governance approaches to deliver a fair, inclusive and resilient recovery for young people. Marine Marty, the Youthwise member on the panel shared insights on youth participation.
Members of Youthwise were invited to contribute to the OECD Environment Ministerial Meeting, the first one since 2016, to bring young people's perspectives.
Two members of Youthwise 2022, Victoria Reeser, American environmental economist, addressed the plenary session alongside the Secretary-General and Erika Xananine Calvillo Ramirez, Mexican climate and indigenous rights activist, spoke at the climate justice breakout session. Manpreet Deol, a member of Youthwise 2021 was also invited by the US Chair to share her remarks in the breakout session on the green and digital transitions.
Youthwise 2022 participated in its first workshop of the year, joined by Carol Guthrie, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at the OECD. The goal of the session was to explore what Youthwise can do in 2022 to promote and embody inclusive and meaningful youth participation.
The workshop kicked off with introductory remarks by the OECD and a video from Youthwise 2021 member Manpreet Deol, where she talked about her experience in Youthwise and shared some tips for the incoming members. Following Manpreet's video, 2022 Youthwise members Victoria Reeser and Xananine Calvillo Ramirez spoke about their experience contributing to the OECD Environment Ministerial Meeting. Then, members gave a presentation on how to improve youth engagement, which was followed by them discussing their ideas on challenges and solutions in 4 breakout sessions. The discussion that ensued covered various topics, from promoting civic education and local engagement, to boosting digital skills or reaching out to marginalised communities.
The exchange provided valuable perspectives and a great starting point for shaping our programme of work this year.
Read the Forum Network articles by OECD Youthwise members:
- "Enhancing environmental justice and the meaningful involvement of all people in decision-making processes" by Erika Xananine Calvillo Ramirez
- "Moving to Net Zero—Closing the ambition gaps on climate mitigation and adaptation" by Victoria Reeser
At the invitation of the Italian Chairmanship of the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), Youthwise participated in a workshop with 70 youth delegates to discuss the future young people want. (See 10 June below)
Youthwise 2022 met with the OECD Environment Directorate’s Kumi Kitamori and Andrew Prag for an in-person brainstorming session. At the workshop, Youthwise learnt about the OECD’s horizontal Project Integrating Climate and Economic Resilience and discussed ways to contribute to the directorate's ongoing work.
Youthwise 2022 met also with the Centre for Inclusion, Well-being, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE) for an in-person brainstorming session on social mobility. At the workshop, WISE experts Romina Boarini and Emanuele Ciani presented their work and exchanged perspectives with Youthwise on how to combat rising inequalities.
Takeaways from the workshop held on 8 June were conveyed by two Youthwise members, Ilaria Foroni and Jack Pepilinski, to Ministers during the Ministerial Council Meeting session on Youth: "The Future Youth Want - Elements of a Youth Manifesto". It marked the first time young people participated in an OECD Ministerial Meeting. Read their speeches.
Ahead of the Fourth OECD Ministerial Summit on Productivity, two Youthwise members were invited to participate in an event titled "The Youth Side of Productivity" co-hosted by the OECD's Latin America and Caribbean Programme (LAC) and the Australia Latam Emerging Leaders Dialogue (ALELD).
Youthwise members Rebeca Quesada Molina from Costa Rica and Erika Xananine Calvillo Ramirez from Mexico spoke at a panel on the future of work and offered youth perspectives on how to improve skills acquisition, the school-to-work transition and human-centred productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Victoria Reeser participated in a high-level advisory panel for the OECD Horizontal Project on Climate and Economic Resilience. The panel discussed ways in which momentum for net-zero emissions and climate-related investment can be maintained given the rapidly changing global landscapes and increasingly volatile financial situation.
Youthwise met with representatives of the OECD Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC), the body that manages civil society engagement for the Committee on the Digital Economy Policy (CDEP). CSISAC representatives shared plans to include Youthwise input in civil society consultations that will feed into the OECD Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting taking place in December.
Youthwise members also met with colleagues from the OECD Environment Directorate to discuss the co-organisation of an event at the OECD COP27 Virtual Pavilion.
Youthwise attended a roundtable organised by the OECD Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC), the body that manages civil society engagement for the Committee on the Digital Economy Policy (CDEP). During the roundtable, Youthwise members shared their perspectives on the digital and green twin transitions. These perspectives will feed into the written civil society contribution to the OECD Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting Dec 13-15.
Youthwise members joined a meeting of the OECD’s Forum Engagement Group (FEG) on the Future of Work and took part in a discussion on the School-to-Work Transition. The FEG presented the preliminary results of a multi-national survey to assess the knowledge gaps that youth are expressing in this transition, after which Youthwise members were invited to give their thoughts and feedback. Members' inputs will help affirm and steer the FEG's work on the topic going forward.
Jonathan van de Gronden joined the panel discussion for the webinar “Unlocking the potential of youth-led social enterprises” organised by the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). This launch event, as part of the Global Action for Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems, brought together voices from policymaking, international networks, and, most importantly, young social entrepreneurs, also as part of the OECD Stand By Youth initiative.
As part of the OECD COP27 Virtual Pavilion, Youthwise co-created and developed an event alongside OECD Environment experts, titled “Youthwise: Can we leverage the energy crisis to create green and inclusive societies?”. The event focused on how, given the energy crisis, we can protect the most vulnerable people while, at the same time, bringing about changes that will allow society to become more just, inclusive, and green, including by maintaining momentum on climate objectives.
Michael Bakare participated in the launch event of the new Observatory on Social Mobility and Equal Opportunity at the OECD headquarters in Paris, France. The roundtable discussion brought together policymakers and key stakeholders from across OECD countries to explore how social mobility and equal opportunity can be achieved on the ground.
Beyza Bostanci participated as a panelist at the "Building Future-Ready VET Systems" conference in Istanbul, Türkiye. The conference provided peer-learning opportunities for policymakers and social partners in OECD countries and beyond, addressing policies and practices to make vocational education and training (VET) systems responsive, flexible, innovative, and capable of supporting learners’ transition into a changing world of work.
João Gomes joined the discussion in the Twin Transition (Green and Digital) and Artificial Intelligence Roundtables at the OECD Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting hosted in Gran Canaria, Spain. These sessions provided an update on the latest research on “Twin Transition” and Artificial Intelligence sharing also the perspectives on the possible challenges, solutions, and opportunities that stakeholders and experts are finding on these topics.
At the initiative of the Italian Presidency of the 2022 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), a workshop was organised on 8 June in Paris, bringing together members of Youthwise as well as representatives from youth organisations and OECD experts. A number of proposals emerged from it and were relayed to Ministers on 10 June (Browse Youthwise speeches) – the first time youth voices have been included in the MCM.
The first ever Youthwise class was made up of 24 people aged 19-30 from 24 OECD member countries.
Under the umbrella of the I am the Future of Work campaign, the Youthwise programme’s initial focus was on learning and employment with input provided notably to the Youth Action Plan.