Youth voices and perspectives are not always heard when it comes to planning and implementing just transitions, which are connected to the twin digital (as well as broader labour market) and environmental transformations. Yet young people will ultimately inherit and shape the world that we leave behind, and, as such, they should have a stronger say in how to make it a better one.
On 9 March, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and UNRISD co-organized a workshop exploring the implications of the just transition for young people. The workshop touched on aspects relating to labour, participation, and innovation, in a dialogue between academics and policymakers, including several representatives of the International Labour Organization.
In the video below, participants reflected on workshop discussions, highlighting, among others, the multiple definitions of what a “just transition” means for different people, in different parts of the world. Looking at his daughter, one participant noted that conversations about the just transition are not for people of his generation, but rather for her.