More youth participation in the Alps! This was the plea made by the GaYA Conference in Chambéry, France, to politicians and policymakers in the Alpine countries. The strength of feeling involved was illustrated by the participation of numerous young people and representatives from the spheres of politics and society.
Young people, politicians and youth workers all searched together for answers in the course of various interactive sessions. The event also featured music and Alpine cuisine, as well as films made by young people that were presented in the context of an Alpine-wide film competition.
The conference also represented the conclusion of the two-year, EU-sponsored GaYA project. In addition to the international exchanges and policy recommendations, the project partners also presented a toolkit for youth participation and a comparative study on participatory democracy in the Alps.