“How to increase youth engagement and participation in democracies”

CoD event at the Summit for Democracy

March 30, 2023

San Jose, Costa Rica 

During the Summit for Democracy II, co-hosted by Costa Rica, the CoD held an event on “How to increase youth engagement and participation in democracies.” The event gave voice to #CoDYouthLeads and other young democracy leaders who discussed practical ways to advance youth engagement in democracies and present the policy recommendations on youth participationdeveloped by CoD YouthLeads following the first edition of Summit of Democracies (2021). 

“Thank you to CoD Youth Leads: not only did you provide policy proposals, but your personal experience and stories from your own activism inspires all of us to keep working for more resilient and inclusive democracies”- said CoD Secretary General Thomas E. Garrett in his concluding remarks.


“This summit has given me hope by building connections and peer to peer support” – said US Special Envoy Abby Finkenauer. Responding to CoD YotuhLeads policy recommendations she added: “I have learned so much from you today!”