Hansetag 27.05.2022


Getting to know each other, exchanging ideas, networking. These are central elements in the Union of Cities THE HANSA. Young residents from Hanseatic cities also benefit from this! youthHansa - the youth organisation of the Union of Cities - has been in existence since 1998. Our aim is to make young people aware of the Hanseatic heritage and to facilitate youth encounters based on the value-binding umbrella of the Hanseatic League.

THE HANSA of tomorrow!

For this purpose, young people between 15 and 26 years of age are regularly sent as official delegates of their city to the International Hanseatic Day. There we can expect our own programme, including participation in official delegates' meetings. The basis for the work of youthHansa is laid out in the statutes, which also regulate all important organisational processes. The official language is English.

Beyond the Hanseatic Days, we work on numerous projects that emphasise the modern Hanseatic idea and thus make an important contribution to international understanding. In regional youth Hanseatic groups, young people experience the Hanseatic history of their own city and region.

We work for the sustainability of the networks and bring in new ideas, true to the motto:
The youthHansa is THE HANSA of tomorrow!

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The youthHansa Commission

The youthHansa Commission is made up of five young people with equal voting rights and duties who represent the youthHansa outside the Hansa Days and coordinate activities. There is no chairperson, but a spokesperson who represents the youthHansa in delegates' meetings and commission meetings of THE HANSA as well as on official occasions. The youthHansa Commission was last elected at the Hanseatic Day 2022 in Neuss. The elected delegates are members of the commission until the next election at the Hanseatic Day 2025.

Members of the Commission: Rachid Hamdaoui (Neuss - spokesperson), Muriel Fauth (Lüneburg), Mika Pater (Deventer), Malte Senger (Lemgo), Martine Soepenberg (Zwolle)

The youthHansa at the Hanseatic Day in Neuss

From 26.05.2022-29.05.2022 the youthHansa participated in the International Hanseatic Day in Neuss. After two years of enormous restrictions due to Covid, it was finally time again to meet, get to know each other, exchange ideas and network - in presence!

76 youth delegates from 32 cities took part in the programme, which was based on the three pillars of adventure, economy and sustainability. It included a rafting tour on the Rhine, various company visits to renowned firms in the city, as well as workshops on sustainable nutrition. Regarding the topic of sustainability, early arrivals went to the power plant at Lausward in Düsseldorf on Thursday. This is the world's most sustainable gas and steam power plant. Delegates were treated to a guided tour of the power station, including a visit to the viewing platform with a view of the whole of Düsseldorf and Neuss, as well as an exciting lecture on the topic of "Energy transition in conurbations".

At the delegates' meeting, which took place in the town hall, a new commission was elected for the next two years. In addition, it was decided that the youthHansa will henceforth address the topic of sustainability and, to this end, call on the cities to integrate offers on the topic of the Sustainable Development Goals into the programme at future Hanseatic Days.

One of the unique features of the youthHansa in Neuss was the overnight accommodation: The hotel ship MS Calypso was chartered exclusively for the delegates and dropped anchor in the centre of the main activities - the harbour area. Thus, true to the motto of the Hanseatic Day of short distances, there were also short distances for the youthHansa!

The reunion and getting to know each other motivated the young people to network beyond the Hanseatic Day. The foundation of a Westphalian youthHansa and the cooperation between regional youthHansa groups - e.g. the Rhenish youthHansa with the Dutch youthHansa - are on the agenda.

This is how you can reach us!

If you have questions about youthHansa, write an email to youthhansa@hanse.org.

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