Youth Empowerment

Youth participation in public life is an important element of sustainable democracies. For the Community of Democracies (CoD), youth engagement is one of the cross-cutting themes mainstreamed into all its activities.

The CoD works with youth from across the world to discuss country-specific as well as global democracy and human rights-related issues. Young people participate and contribute to a number of CoD activities, from thematic discussions and development of youth statements to major gatherings including the CoD Ministerial Conference, CoD Youth Forum, and the Youth Assembly for the Summit of Democracies.


New publication: Youth Recommendations to Increase Engagement in Democracy

Developed by CoDYouthLeads as a follow-up to the U.S. Summit for Democracy,  the report lists practical steps on how to increase youth inclusion in democracy. An early December virtual launch of the Recommendations featured activists from across the world. Download 


CoD Youth Forum

Organized annually since 2020, the CoD Youth Forum brings together youth leaders from across the world to share ideas, best practices and experiences on different aspects of youth participation in public life.

2022 CoD Youth Forum

Reversing the Democracy Disconnect

In 2022, the CoD Youth Forum was held in a virtual format as a side event in the margins of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The event featured leaders from each region of the world peaking about youth inclusion, under the theme of Reversing the Democracy Disconnect. An inspiring keynote presentation by Congressman John Wright of El Salvador and a report by a representative of Civicus, an NGO Member of the Civil Society Pillar, were prominently featured. It was the third edition of the Forum organized under the Romanian Presidency of the Community of Democracies (2019- 2022).

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2021 CoD Youth Forum

A companion event to the CoD Ministerial Conference, the virtual Youth Forum took place over three days on September 27-29, 2021. The Forum provided a global platform for the participation of representatives of youth-led organizations and networks.

CoD Youth Forum 2020

The 2020 CoD Youth Forum, held on July 23 and 24, 2020, was organized as part of celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Community of Democracies  to highlight the importance of youth inclusion as a key element of strong sustainable democracies.


Established in 2020, CoDYouthLeads is a group of young democracy advocates and leaders across the globe. The Youth Leads actively engage in the CoD activities.


At its 20th anniversary in June 2020, the CoD engaged young democracy leaders and activists from across the world to share their stories on democracy and highlight the relevance of the Warsaw Declaration to the next generation. Since then, CoD Youth Leads remained actively engaged in many of CoD activities, including its Ministerial Conference, Youth Forum and global events.

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CoD Youth Assembly for the Summit for Democracy

Championed by the CoD YouthLeads, the virtual Youth Assembly for the Summit for Democracy brought together 18- to 35- year olds from across the world. During the event, youth participants focused on the three main areas of the Summit as well as voiced their democracy priorities.  Read more