To mark the release of its new publication on ‘Governance for Youth, Trust and Intergenerational Justice’, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held an event to present and discuss the findings of the report. The online intergenerational debate engaged high-level participants, youth policy makers and representatives from young and older persons associations.
AGE participated and highlighted the responsibility of our decision makers in supporting intergenerational dialogue. “It the responsibility of our governments to avoid antagonism between generations and build the resilience of our society on what unites us”, states our Secretary General, Maciej Kucharczyk.
We also reminded of existing inequalities within and across generations: both young and older women and young and older people with low education level are more likely to feel excluded. We therefore called for:
- a life-cycle approach
- age disaggregated data
- policy impact assessment
- coordinated policy making.
“The future of the planet and our democracies depend on intergenerational justice. It will require mutual respect, deep listening and willingness to share power between generations”, further argued Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands at OECD launch event.
You can also follow the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #Fit4AllGenerations.
Intergenerational fairness and solidarity was also the topic of a recent joint press article that we publish together with the European Youth Forum, in which we call for putting an end to the Covid-19 generation blame game. Age stigma is unfair and damaging, instead of scapegoating certain generations, we need to value people of all ages.