Future we want

Led by

UNICEF Italy and UNICEF Italy youth advocates


National (Italy)

Stakeholders targeted

  • Parliament
  • Government policy-maker

Youth rights in focus

  • Right to participate in public affairs
  • Right to health, including mental health
  • Right to education

Main objectives

  • Introduce a youth participation dimension into the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan, a European Union initiative to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Include civic education in school curricula
  • Support the introduction of mental health professionals in schools

Key outcomes

  • Creation of a Youth Advisory Board for the Ministry of Family and Social Affairs

Success factors

  • Overall institutional environment
  • Main objectives shared broadly by many civil society actors
  • Political figures in the Ministry of Youth were close to UNICEF
  • Broad media coverage


  • The initiative was overly ambitious at the beginning, meaning that the goals had to be re-envisaged
  • Hard to ensure political momentum

Lessons learned

  • Have clear, limited advocacy objectives that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound
  • Use media effectively to leverage political momentum
  • Ensure a broad-based coalition
  • Have an implementing committee


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