The Youth20 Summit is a premier international Youth conference that brings together students and young professional from the G8 and the G20 nations to address the most pressing international issues and promotes international dialogue and cultural openness between international networks of student organizations. The core objectives of the G20 Youth are as follows:
- To involve young leaders from all over the world in resolving the most pressing economic and social problems of the moment
- To establish an intercultural dialogue
- To build business partnerships and friendships
Mexico Youth20 Delegates’ Summit, Puebla, May 2012
Under the Mexican presidency, youth representatives of the G20 countries met in Puebla on 9-11 May, 2012 to consider actions the international community should take in order to face current challenges and propose actions to better the world. The young leaders called on the G20 to focus on the following areas:
- Economic Stability and Financial Inclusion: The Youth20 leaders pointed out that economic stability and financial inclusion is critical to developing systems that contribute to sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty. For increasing accessibility to reach the poorest or the poor can be achieved by promoting mobile technology and internet, establishing credit practices through community based financing, improving the legal framework which inhibit Micro financing banks to be established and stimulating he private sector in developing products suiting the needs of youth and poor.
- Youth Employment: The Youth20 leaders expressed their concern for the rise in global youth unemployment and reaffirmed the need to address the issues of creation of quality jobs, education and training and social protections.
- International Trade: The Youth20 leaders urged the global community to further integration and to provide support and cooperation to developing and less developed countries in order to help them reach developed status. They also suggested the WTO and world leaders to allow developing economies and countries in a recession to maintain consistent WTO legal measures to protect important industries for a necessary period of time in order to grow sustainably. The leaders also mentioned that there should be effort to end the quasi impasse in the Doha Round and address the problem between developed and developing nations pertaining to existing trade barriers specifically related to agricultural subsidies.
- Promoting Sustainable Development, Green Growth and The Fight Against Climate Change: Given the current global environmental and economic challenges, the Y20 delegates recognized the importance of engaging youth in issues pertaining to sustainability, green growth, and climate change. In order to achieve this they recommended global education, shifting incentives from non-renewable energy corporations to promote green energy and active proliferation of social enterprise as community-based approach to mitigate climate change.
- Food Security and Commodity Price Volatility: The Y20 delegates recommended that the G20 supports the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) so as to exchange best practices in enhancing the sustainability of agricultural production. They suggested investments in research and the use of sustainable technologies in agriculture, to improve the efficiency of the food supply chain. Along with improving the productivity, food distribution should also be given primary importance. The delegates recommended increasing investments in short, medium and long term agriculture development that directly benefits the most vulnerable communities.
- Global Governance and The Strengthening of The Multilateral Organizations: Acknowledging the global nature of today’s world the delegates pointed out that the new multilateralism shall maximize the strengths of interconnecting institutions, both public and private, in order to build a stronger sense of shared responsibility on the following global issues: economic and financial governance; environmental governance; multilateral development efforts; multilateral struggle against drug trafficking; and the role of the youth within multilateral organizations.
- Future of the G20: The Youth20 leaders said that they are committed to ensuring the G20 remains the premier forum for international cooperation. They urged the involvement of youth in the G20 process and propose the continuity of the Y20 as an obligation of the presidency of the G20.
Saint Petersburg G20 Youth Forum, 2013
The seventh G20 Youth20 (Y20) Summit 2013 was held on the 18-21st of June 2013 in Saint Petersburg as part of the official program of Russia's G20 presidency. Y20 Russia 2013 is a youth summit that brought together the brightest young people from the G20 countries to discuss issues closely related to the topics of the G20 Leaders' Summit.
Y20 Russia 2013 was organized by the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs in conjunction with International Diplomatic Engagement Association (IDEA) - the world’s leading organization that engages young people in diplomacy and dialogue. IDEA has partnering organizations in every G20 member nation. The Russian Presidency has requested the G20 members to work in association with the IDEA partners in their respective countries with regard to the recruitment of delegates for the Y20 Russia 2013. In India, the IDEA partner is Youth for Policy and Dialogue (YPD).
Y20 Summit, 2014
The Y20 in 2014 has been organised by the Australian Y20 Planning Group, chaired by Ms Holly Ransom and Mr Josh Zwar. The 8th Y20 Summit was held in Sydney on July 13-15, 2014. The summit brought together about 120 young delegates from around the world to discuss issues closely related to the topics of the G20 Leaders' Summit. The Summit was attended by Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Education Scott Ryan. Following the Summit, Y20 presented their communiqué to the Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey. The communique includes recommendations on the important topics supporting youth entrepreneurship, labour mobility, and employment and growth. The communiqué consists of two parts: Y20 Australia 2014 Delegates’ Declaration and Y20 Australia 2014 Delegates’ Priority Recommendations. Further information about Y20 is available at their website at http://www.y20australia.com/