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Record Number of Applicants for IYTT's Youth Conference

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

The International Youth Think Tank (IYTT) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an achievement. A total of 540 young individuals from 68 countries have applied to participate in this year's international conference, marking a significant increase compared to 2022.

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Shu Yu Lim, Alina Arslanova, Mahek Bhatia och Nathan Collins var deltagare på fjolårets internationella IYTT-konferens. Foto: Leon Toshach

IYTT's international conference brings together young minds to discuss and shape ideas for the future of democracy. Starting this year, the conference will be held in Europe's democracy capital, an honor bestowed upon Barcelona, Spain, in 2023.

To be accepted, candidates are required to be residents of Europe, a choice rooted in sustainability and explicitly stated in the announcement. Despite this, applications have poured in from candidates in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

"It's certainly disappointing that we cannot accommodate any of these applicants. However, it underscores the immense interest in our work and democratic issues in general, even outside of Europe. It serves as motivation for us to expand our efforts," says Urban Strandberg, Director of IYTT.

The hope is to hold conferences outside of Europe in 2024, beginning with South Africa.

Europe's Democracy Capital

  • Starting in 2023, home to IYTT's annual conference
  • Organized by the Institute for Innovation in Politics.
  • Selected by a citizen jury comprising thousands of Europeans.
  • This year's democracy capital, Barcelona, impressed the jury with initiatives like Decidim, a digital platform for citizen participation, and  Superblock, an endeavor for sustainable and people-friendly urban planning.
  • Applications are open for cities aspiring to be named the Democracy Capital for 2024.

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