01.

POLICY AND YOUTH RIGHTS

Youth & AI : Artificial Intelligence has seen monumental advancements in the past months and years – from increases in processing power to the data explosion. Beyond technical research and commercial opportunities, the technology has the potential to fundamentally alter our society. The current speed of development and adoption of AI poses challenges to policymakers seeking to create regulations, use AI applications to improve government operations and services, and better understand its socio-economic impacts. Innovations such as language processing, predictive algorithms and autonomous vehicles are already operating in everyday life and challenging traditional regulatory regimes and planning in transit, infrastructure, and public safety.

With this in mind, it’s not out of this world to visualise how an initiative wherein youths engage with AI, especially when it comes to proposing potential ways forward for our country, is one of the few opportunities by which we can actualise the age-old saying that youths are the future.

This will be done through the following steps;

1. A permanent subcommittee* was  established, that will operate throughout the entirety of the process

2. Members of the subcommittee will review the Malta 2030 Artificial Intelligence Strategy, and come up with a rough skeleton as to how the topic can be approached, with a youth view in mind

 3. The subcommittee then decides how to distribute itself into the various sections being treated by the document (all of which will have a workshop** dedicated to them)

4. Work will be done to ensure that professionals in the AI sector will be available to be consulted throughout the project, as to ensure that a high-quality document with feasible proposals is finally presented

*The subcommittee will be made up of 12 members, which will be chosen via interview, and with their skillsets being taken into consideration

**There will be 5 workshops along the project timeline, 3 of which will be dedicated to creating separate sections of the document, with the other 2 being dedicated to reviewing and improving on the work done.

Housing Policy: KNŻ is once again collaborating with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ on a research-based policy. A survey is being created that will be used to collect data that will help us understand better the youth situation with regards to housing, employment, poverty and overall wellbeing associated with this. 

02.

ADVOCACY

2021 pre-Budget Proposals: Every year, the National Youth Council formulates a list of pre-budget proposals to send to the Government on behalf of Maltese and Gozitan youths. This year is no different, and such proposals are the product of weeks of in-house deliberation, ongoing discussions with our Member Organisations and data collection from youths throughout Malta and Gozo. This preparation was undertaken to truly capture the voice of Maltese and Gozitan youth willing and able to participate in the democratic processes of our country, participation which the Council adamantly believes should be present in all facets of policy creation.

National Youth Strategy: The Parliamentary Secretariat for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations is currently in the process of drafting a National Youth Strategy to be implemented into 2030. In this initiative, KNŻ and Aġezija Żgħażagħ were recognised as being the two primary stakeholders and have collaborated to create a draft document outlining policy initiatives for youth in the 13 to 30 age group. 

The Advocacy office is also responsible for advocating for past proposals and consulting with stakeholders on youth issues. 

03.

NATIONAL

National Youth Parliament: A yearly event which hosts youth aged between 13 to 35 to discuss current topics and create proposals relating to that topic. The highlight of this event is having participants discuss and debate their proposals in a plenary session.
National Youth Parliament Subcommittee: A subcommittee which is made of seven individuals who are responsible for revising resolutions and seeing the proposals done. The work of this subcommittee will then be presented in a document compiling the results and ways on how proposals may be implemented.

Gozo Subcommittee: A working group who is focusing on Gozitan Youth and ensure that their voice is heard.
Local Councils and Youth: KNŻ has previously worked to gather youth and local councillors in discussing various challenges that they both experience and how they may be overcome.
The office is continuously working to improve communication and reach different sectors of society.

04.

INTERNATIONAL

TRAIN; Tracing Integration Policies through structured dialogue: With TDM2000 International, which is an international collaborative project with nine NGOs all over Europe. The policy focuses on the integration of migrants and refugees and the different perspectives and situations in Europe

Commonwealth: The international office works with the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and the commonwealth working group for more international representation for Maltese youth in the Commonwealth sphere and comes up with proposals to be presented by the Commonwealth Youth Forum to Heads of State during the CHOGM 2020.

United Nations: The International office is working on appointing a United Nations Youth Delegate/s, to increase international representation and partake in discussions concerning youth in the United Nations sphere.

Empowering Youth: KNŻ will be collaborating with various National Youth Councils in organising a project entitled ‘Empowering Youth’ and participate in the main event which will be a Youth Parliament made up of several youth delegates from various European countries.

The office is responsible for representing Maltese youth in European youth events and Conferences, and be an active member of the European Youth Forum by engaging in discussions concerning European youth policy. Promoting International Opportunities for youth and increase their accessibility.

KNŻ will work with Members of European Parliament to offer internships once again. 

 

05.

YOUTH SERVICES

Inspire Empower: This project focuses on mental health and working with stakeholders to raise awareness on the subject and the services available to youth. It will cover a series of topics with four themes in total. The aim of this project is to continue discussing the issues that were brought up during the Mental Health policy by KNŻ, as well as promote tips and services for youth. 

Youths of service to the Community: Initiatives that provide opportunities for youth to be of service within society.

Toolkits: The office is creating a series of toolkits for Member Organisations concerning various topics relevant to the work of organisations. Some topics include: Reducing waste and sustainable organisations, VO Recognition and helping organisations build diverse spaces.

EU Youth dialogue: An ongoing process on an EU level, aimed at discussing national issues on an EU platform, to find common solutions.

Periodic public meetings with Youth: Spaces that bring together youth from different sectors to discuss specific topics relating to youth and share ideas.

06.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

SDG Campaign: The action plan is branch of the large-scale project called SDG Champions, an initiative spearheaded by the SDG Officer. This entailed the appointment of 6 individuals, chosen as ambassadors to represent and raise awareness about the SDGs, with the aim of creating a youth movement that works towards contributing to the 17 goals. The SDGs were grouped according to the 5 P’s (people, prospertity, planet, peace, parternship), meaning that 5 individuals were chosen to represent each of the “P’s”. The sixth individual was appointed as media coordinator, in order to ensure that proper coverage is given for the activities carried out by the other SDG champions.