The Council of Europe celebrates its 70th anniversary – and quietly prepares to sacrifice its youth sector

The Council of Europe is the smaller, older, and poorer of the two European supranational institutions, and is often confused with the Council of its much larger sister organisation, the European Union. In the youth sector, however, nobody makes that mistake: The two European Youth Centres in Strasbourg and Budapest and the European Youth Foundation have profoundly shaped international and intercultural youth work. But while the organisation celebrated its 70th anniversary in public this weekend, it has been secretly playing with scenarios to sacrifice its youth sector amidst a financial crisis.

The youth sector gets its first future policy award – and we need your nominations to make it count

“Young people are the future” – how often have we all heard this sentence being muttered and have rolled our eyes? And how often have we pointed out in meetings, at conferences and on the streets that too many policies are not futureproof and violate the rights of children and young people? To change that, the World Future Council (WFC) awards policies for the benefit of present and future generations. This year, the WFC has joined forces with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to award the 2019 Future Policy Award to youth policies, acts, laws or decrees – and you can nominate them.

The Youth Wellbeing Index returns

The Youth Wellbeing Index returns, with a range of methodological changes – and cautious optimism

Out from the wilderness and quietly released with little fanfare, the Youth Wellbeing Index (YWI), by the International Youth Foundation and Hilton, is back for its second edition. Once again measuring the multidimensional aspects of youth wellbeing in 30 countries across the globe, the 2017 version of the YWI adds a crucial domain – gender equality! –, kicks out some old indicators and switches data sources for others, and utilises new opinion data from the 2016 Global Millennial Viewpoints Survey. In this article, we look at the big methodological changes, their implications for measuring youth wellbeing and youth data globally – and what all this means for youth policy.