On the evening of April 9, 2024, the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions, in partnership with the Youth Democracy Movement, announced the formation of the first democratic youth constituency for climate action at the Enniscorthy Forum in County Wexford, Ireland.


(From left to right): Henry Wright, chair of the Youth Democracy Movement, and Anna Weinrich, board member of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions, Enniscorthy Castle, County Wexford, Ireland.


Founding members of the constituency include the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU), Union of Students in Ireland (USI), European Students’ Union (ESU), and the Global Student Forum (GSF). Henry Wright, chair of the YDM, notes, “From humanitarian programs in crisis-aected countries to sustainable policies in developing cities, young people are democratically asserting the authority of their experiences in pursuit of a safer and more resilient international system.”


Anna Weinrich, board member of OBESSU, adds, “OBESSU is proud to partner with the Youth Democracy Movement, and form a democratic community of student organisations for climate action, gathering the national, regional, and global levels of the student movement in urgent solidarity.”


Scott Foster, former Director of the Sustainable Energy Division of the UN Economic Commision for Europe and Senior Adviser to the Enniscorthy Forum, concludes, “The United Nations community has long awaited a self-organised, democratic grouping of young people to represent the needs and awaken the potentialities of the global youth. Intergenerational climate action is an opportunity to render youth tokenization obsolete, and introduce renewable projects that will stand the test of time.”