On 10 May 2010 sixty young leaders from EU and Chinese youth organisations, met in Shanghai for the first EU-China Youth Leaders Summit, organised by the European Commission, the European Youth Forum and the All-China Youth Federation.
The participants adopted a Joint Statement
including proposals for the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth
, which shall aim at: • enhancing the mutual understanding
between the young people of EU and China; • encouraging young people to actively engage and support the development of EU-China relations
; • raising EU-China people-to-people contacts
to a new level and promote its sustainable development. At the conference many participants stressed that young people can play an important role in deepening dialogue and building better relations between the EU and China. 2011 was designated as the EU-China Year of Youth at the 12th EU-China summit held in Nanjing on 30 November 2009. More information: Joint Statement of the 1st EU-China Youth Leaders Summit Towards 2011 EU-China Year of YouthEuropean Youth Forum - press release