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Politician of the year Award

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 2% of parliamentarians globally are under the age of 30 and just 14% are under 40. The issue is exacerbated by policies in 73% of countries which restrict young people of voting age from running for office. Lack of representation raises the substantial risk of disconnecting an entire generation from their nations’ political processes.
The Global Young Leaders Politician of the Year Award was created in 2018 to recognise the most promising young politicians between the ages of 18-35 from around the world. The winners are selected based on the impact they are having in their home countries and how they have used their position to benefit young people specifically. It is the first global award recognising the work of young politicians and was launched to counter the low level of youth engagement in politics.

Politician of the Year Award Winners 2020

The Global Young Leaders Politician of the Year Award recognises five of the world's most outstanding politicians between the ages of 18 - 35, who are using their positions to have a positive impact on young people in their communities and countries. Through their important work, these winners highlight the benefit of including young people in politics.

Erik Marquardt, 33, Germany

Mr. Erik Marquardt works as an MEP in Brussels and Strasbourg. Before having this role, he worked as a photographer reporting on escape routes to Europe, the War in Afghanistan, and the lives of Afghan refugees. He was part of the Sea Rescue Missions in the Mediterranean, where he helped to save people from drowning. 

This year he spent several weeks on Lesbos, where he worked to improve the situation for refugees in the Greek camps, of which most inhabitants are children and young people. 
Besides his political activities, he is one of the initiators of the pan-European campaign “Leave No One Behind”.Marquardt communicates his political approach very strongly through social media using his photography skills. Through this, he is able to reach younger audiences. As member and former Spokesperson of the “Grüne Jugend”, the youth organisation of the Green Party in Germany, Marquardt has always worked to inspire young people to get active and engage themselves in working for a better and more sustainable

2019 Winners

Juan Guaidó

President of the National Assembly, 

Thórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir

Minister for Tourism, Industries and Innovation & Minister of Justice, Iceland

Hervé Berville

Spokesperson for La République En Marche!, France

Majid Majid

Green Party MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber & Lord Mayor of Sheffield, UK

Mbali Ntuli

Democratic Alliance representative, South Africa



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