What is Y20?

The Y20 (short for “Youth 20”) is linked with and has an inherent relationship with the G20. It is aimed at providing an institutionalized high-end dialog platform for young people from across the G20 countries. It encourages them to pay close attention to the most pressing global problems, to exchange, collide, fully negotiate and finally reach consensus as future leaders.

The first official Y20 conference was held in 2010. Afterwards, every year the rotating presidency of the G20 shoulders the responsibility for hosting the Y20. The previous five meetings were held in Canada, the US, Russia, Australia and Turkey. With the gradual perfection of its processes and the expansion of its functions, the Y20 has become widely acknowledged as the highest level and most influential international diplomatic conference for young people. Up to now, over 600 outstanding young people have taken part in this conference.

The Y20 is usually held before the G20, and its participants include the delegations (each made up by five young people from a member state of the G20) and observers from other countries or international organizations. During the summit, young people from different countries exchange ideas, carry out tense multilateral consultations, and eventually come to a fair, creative and representative solution. The final product will be submitted to the national leaders attending the G20 meeting that year in the form of a report or bulletin, to communicate young people’s attitudes and suggestions about human beings’ common future.

Every young person represents his (or her) country as well as looking forward to the world’s future in the Y20. Knowledge, experience, dreams, and passion will all be channeled into awareness of responsibility and consciousness of shouldering the future of the world. Through taking a larger responsibility, young people will definitely make their voices more clearly heard in the world.

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