Press Release: YDC's 2016 Annual Report is now live!

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is excited to share our 2016 annual report with you. Over the past year, twenty delegates represented YDC and Canadian youth at four international summits and met with key stakeholders at home and abroad, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prince William and Kate. We are proud to see how YDC has grown over the years, and the caliber of our delegates is second to none. We look forward to sharing more updates with you throughout 2017.

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca

Canadian Youths Pitch Policy Ideas to Chancellor Angela Merkel

Canada’s delegates to the Youth 20 Summit, Loic Bisson and Morrell Andrews, have returned from Berlin after pitching their policy recommendations directly to Chancellor Merkel. The delegates from the Young Diplomats of Canada spent nine days in Germany from June 1 to June 9 working with over 70 youth representatives from G20 member countries and international organizations to debate policy solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. They covered a wide range of topics: from women’s empowerment, climate and energy, digitalization, the Sustainable Development Goals, and global trade. After days of negotiation sessions, the group of young leaders produced a 30 page document and delivered their policy ideas directly to the Chancellor and her Minister of Youth, Katarina Barley.

Photo credits: Bundesregierung / Steffi Loos.

Photo credits: Bundesregierung / Steffi Loos.

With Germany hosting the upcoming G20 Summit in July 2017, the Youth 20 Summit acted as an engagement group that allowed young people from 31 countries to provide their perspective on the 15 main issues being addressed by world leaders. Canada’s delegates worked specifically on the topics of climate and energy, as well as the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Both topics were priorities identified in their national consultation process prior to the Summit. Both Bisson and Andrews delivered remarks to the Chancellor, stressing the importance of involving youth in critical decision making processes. As speaker for her working group, Andrews stated that “we recognize that youth have a particularly important, though typically marginalized role in realizing this agenda,” while Bisson said that “we emphasize that both sovereignty and the right to development should not be excuses to not fight climate change… climate is an absolute priority.”

Photo credits: Bundesregierung / Steffi Loos

Photo credits: Bundesregierung / Steffi Loos

While in Berlin, the delegates also met with a number of prominent German politicians, as well as Ambassador Dion at the Canadian Embassy. Now back home, they are looking forward to undertaking domestic follow-up engagement to influence how the government will approach negotiations for the upcoming Summit in Hamburg.

Read the 2017 Y20 Summit Position Paper.

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca

 

 

Joint Statement by delegates of the G7 Youth Summit (Y7) on Paris Agreement

Statement by delegates of the G7 Youth Summit (Y7) in response to the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

From May 7-9, 2017, G7 Youth Summit (Y7) delegates met in Rome to negotiate a communique on the theme «Rethinking innovation as catalyst for an inclusive, open, and sustainable growth», which was delivered to the G7 leaders who met in Taormina, Italy on May 26-27.

We, delegates of the 2017 G7 Youth Summit (Y7), the official Youth Engagement Group of the G7 Summit, issue the following statement in response to the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Climate change is a systemic challenge that requires international commitment in order to be addressed effectively, but effective diplomacy is based on trust. This underpins why states should honour international commitments that concern the entire international community. Reasoned debates are based on facts, and science provides evidence that climate change is occurring and that it is human-induced.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global average temperatures increased by 0.85°C between 1880-2012. Arctic sea-ice extent decreased between 3.5% and 4.1% per decade between 1979-2012, and global mean sea level rose by 0.19 m between 1901-2010. The dominant cause of global warming is the increased amount of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, which has led to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide that are unprecedented in the last 800,000 years.

As delegates representing the interests of our youth, we exchanged views on addressing common issues that affect us all and learned first hand the importance of constructive dialogue to tackle global challenges such as climate change.

We are deeply concerned by climate change since it poses a threat not only to our respective jurisdictions, but the entire world. Climate change is an issue that transcends borders, identities, and political systems. It poses a serious threat to our own survival and the ecosystem by reducing water resources, affecting food security, accelerating the mass extinction, and increasing the risk of extreme weather events.

However, climate change not only urges us to act, it also presents an incredible opportunity to innovate. To rethink how cities are designed, infrastructure, transportation, how energy is generated, and meet emerging market demands that are more sustainable for our planet. The opportunities are endless. We presented several propositions to the G7 Presidency which outlined bold yet realistic steps to start addressing complex societal, economic, and environmental challenges. We believe that the transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution - the digital revolution that has been occurring since the mid 20th century and is characterized by a fusion of technologies as anticipated by the WEF - can help to protect the environment and to enhance the well-being of workers and people.

Acknowledging climate change as a serious threat is the first step to finding actionable solutions, this includes recognizing indigenous knowledge, science and evidence-based research to enhance environmental stewardship.

The American delegation of the Y7 would like to highlight that fifty-nine percent of Americans and sixty-seven percent of Americans under the age of 40 oppose the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. We call on the United States federal government to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris Accord, and that all states reaffirm their commitment to implement the Paris Agreement swiftly.

As youth representatives at the G7, we welcome opportunities to work with government and non-governmental groups - within and outside the G7 - to address climate change, promote green growth, and innovation. We look forward to collaborating and discussing  in our respective jurisdictions the communique we delivered, and will continue to find opportunities for collaboration to discuss this issue which is of critical importance to the entire world.

Thank you.

Delegates of the 2017 G7 Youth Summit (Y7) 

Canadian Delegation: Heather Evans | Miguel A Rozo | Sebastien Daviault | Waabishkigaabo (Will Landon)
French Delegation: Christelle Dernon | David Remy | Maëwen Chabrie | Samuel Cling
United States Delegation: Alessandro Bordoli | Leyla Mocan | Patrick Short | Giuliana DeAngelis
German Delegation: Anna Raiß | Maxi Pethö-Schramm | Armand Zorn | Rona Zander
Japanese Delegation: Daisuke Maruichi | Natsuji Soejima | Yuri Okura | Yusuke Tsuzuki
United Kingdom Delegation: Dunola Oladapo | Edith Whitehead | Jordan Abdi | Zeba Zaidi
European Union Delegation: Andreea Grigorescu | Guillaume Thibault | Paloma Cantero Gómez | Umit Duman
Italian Delegation: Agnese Ratzenberger | Anthea Greco | Beatrice Montesi | Tommaso De Zan

Press Release: YDC send young Canadians to the 2017 Y7 Summit

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OTTAWA, CANADA – APRIL 20, 2017

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to send four of Canada's brightest young global leaders to attend the 2017 Youth 7 Summit (Y7) in Rome, Italy from May 7 - 9, 2017. The Y7 is the official youth-engagement group of the G7 and will bring together youth delegations from each member country. After negotiating on policy with counterparts from other G7 states, the Y7 will culminate in the signing of a communiqué of policy recommendations for G7 leaders from the perspective of the block's youth. This outcome document will be delivered to G7 leaders when they meet in Taormina, Italy later in May.

After a highly competitive application process, we selected four leaders from a pool of candidates under 27 from coast to coast to coast. We're excited that YDC’s Y7 delegation will address critical issues facing the G7 from both a Canadian and global perspective, publishing written and video reports about their experiences as they navigate Italy and represent Canadian youth during the negotiations.

This year, the Italian Presidency has announced that Rethinking Innovation as catalyst for an inclusive, open and sustainable growth will be a top priority of the G7 Summit.

Reflecting on the theme of the Summit, Head Delegate Heather Evans said "I'm looking forward to discussing the role of different aspects of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, and the future of education during the Y7 Summit in Rome. The YDC delegation represents a diverse range of experiences from immigrating to Canada at a young age to being an active voice of Indigenous communities. With backgrounds ranging from entrepreneurship and the technology sector, to international advocacy, negotiations and law - the delegation will provide a range of perspectives related to the field of innovation and how it contributes to economic growth.’’

Young Diplomats of Canada is the Government of Canada’s national nominating partner for Canada’s Y7 2017 Delegation.

YDC 2017 Youth 7 Summit delegation: 

  • Heather Evans, Head Delegate
  • Miguel A Rozo, Communications Coordinator
  • Waabishkigaabo (Will Landon)
  • Sébastien Daviault

Biographical info of the YDC Y7 delegates can be found here.

You can follow the delegation's live updates via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Read the 2016 Y7 Delegates’ Declaration here.

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2017 Y7 Summit, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca

Press Release: YDC send young Canadians to the 2017 Y20 Summit

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OTTAWA, CANADA – APRIL 6, 2017

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to send two of Canada's brightest young global leaders to attend the 2017 Youth 20 Summit (Y20) in Berlin, Germany from 1 - 8 June, 2017. The Y20 is the official youth-focused engagement group of the G20 and will bring together youth delegations from each member country. After negotiating on policy with the counterparts from other G20 states, the Y20 will culminate in the signing of a communiqué of policy recommendations for G20 leaders from the perspective of the block's youth. This outcome document will be delivered to G20 leaders when they meet in Hamburg this July.

After a highly competitive application process, we selected two leaders from a national pool of qualified applicants under the age of 27. YDC’s Y20 delegation will address critical issues facing the G20 from both a Canadian and global perspective, and publish written and video reports about their experiences navigating Germany and representing Canadian youth during the negotiations.

This year, the German Presidency has announced that Building Resilience, Improving Sustainability, and Assuming Responsibility will be top priorities of the G20 Summit.

Reflecting on this year's agenda, Delegate Loïc Bisson believes ‘’young Canadians are at the very centre of some of the most important challenges facing Y20 countries. Ensuring young Canadians are included in decision-making processes will help top decision-makers tackle issues like youth unemployment more comprehensively.’’

In anticipation of the event, Delegate Morrell Andrews is ‘’looking forward to working with delegates from each country throughout the stages to draft the communiqué and deliver it to G20 leaders to send a strong, unified message of cooperation from G20 youth. Including the Sustainable Development Goals as a focus of the overall Summit will also be a highlight … to mobilize youth to have an empowered role in implementing the 2030 Agenda.’’

Young Diplomats of Canada is the Government of Canada’s national nominating partner for Canada’s Y20 2017 Delegation.

YDC 2017 Youth 20 delegation:

  • Morrell Andrews
  • Loïc Bisson

Biographical info of the YDC Y20 delegates can be found here.

You can follow the delegation's live updates via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Read the 2016 Y20 Delegates’ Declaration here.

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2017 Y20 Summit, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca

Press Release: YDC send young Canadians to the 2017 OECD Forum

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OTTAWA, CANADA – APRIL 3, 2017

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is excited to announce the selection of a delegation of five of Canada's brightest young leaders to attend the 2017 OECD Forum in Paris, France. From June 5-9, delegates will represent Canadian youth and attend meetings at the OECD headquarters.

The delegation was recruited from a nationally competitive pool of applicants and are equipped to address critical issues including economic growth and financial stability, from both a Canadian and international perspective.

At the OECD Forum, global leaders and civil society will come together to discuss the work of their institutions. This year's forum will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: inclusive growth, digitalisation and trust, while highlighting the importance of working toward more inclusive economies and societies.

YDC Head Delegate, Adam Camenzuli, believes "The core issues presented at the OECD forum are at the heart of some of the largest challenges that Canadian youth face today. The OECD explores the question of youth unemployment - a risk that we need to know how to mitigate if we want to grow a productive labour force for millennials and subsequent generations. The delegation is looking forward to being challenged, inspired and to learning more about ideas for educational reform, renewable energy and the incorporation of digitalization management into schools.""

YDC 2017 OECD Forum delegation: 

  • Adam Camenzuli, Head Delegate
  • Sofiya Kominko, Communications Coordinator
  • Theresa Nadine Yurkewich 
  • Yanishwar Bhoolaton
  • Ross Philip Linden-Fraser

Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the OECD Forum is accessible here.

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2017 OECD Forum, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca

Press Release: YDC send young Canadians to the 2017 World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings

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OTTAWA, CANADA – MARCH 31, 2017

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is excited to announce the selection of a delegation of five of Canada's brightest young leaders to attend the 2017 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. From April 17 to 22, delegates will represent Canadian youth and attend meetings at the WB and IMF headquarters.

The delegation recruited from a nationally competitive pool of applicants and are equipped to address critical issues regarding macroeconomic policy, from both a Canadian and international perspective.

At the WB-IMF Meetings, global leaders and civil society will come together to discuss the work of their institutions. YDC Delegates will attend seminars alongside official meetings, engaging in creative and constructive dialogue  around issues of global importance, including poverty eradication and aid effectiveness.

YDC Head Delegate, Adam Moscoe, believes ”Canadian youth are harnessing diversity and innovation to advance inclusive and sustainable growth, and they understand first-hand the importance of ensuring that globalization yields tangible benefits and opportunities for all. The YDC delegation believes the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have a vital role to play during this transformative moment for the global economy, and we will be focused on advancing the priorities of young people during the Spring Meetings”.

Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the WB-IMF Spring Meetings is accessible here.

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2017 WB-IMF Spring Meetings, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca

Google Hangout with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stephane Dion

Young Diplomats of Canada’s had the pleasure to organize and participate in a Google Hangout advocacy and policy meeting with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stephane Dion on Monday, October 24. Program Director Keeton Wilcock and five delegates from YDC’s recent delegation to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (WB-IMF) Annual Meetings were in attendance. 

During the conversation, delegates and Minister Dion discussed and debated some of the most important economic and social policy issues on the agenda at the Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C. held from October 3 - 6, 2016.  Topics ranges from understanding a Canadian response to populist movements and their potential ramifications in the United Kingdom and United States to defining Canada’s role in the promotion of free and fair international trade.  

YDC’s Keeton Wilcock and WB-IMF Head Delegate Cerina Lee led the discussion from the youth side of the table. To Keeton, “it was both a privilege to hear Minister Dion’s thorough, honest, and deeply-considered thoughts on Canada’s role as peacekeeper in 2016, as well as inspiring to receive advice from one of Canada’s most influential voices on the world stage about how we can develop as young professionals in foreign affairs.”

Young Diplomats of Canada looks forward to future opportunities to engage Global Affairs Canada and further elevate the perspectives of young Canadians passionate about Canada’s role in the world.

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    
email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
 

 

 

 

One Young World 2016 : YDC / Global Shapers Breakout Session

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) was proud to partner with the Global Shapers Ottawa Hub on September 30th to host a breakout session titled “The Power of Tri-Sector Leadership’’ as part of the One Young World Summit. This session, which took place at the United States (US) Embassy to Canada, featured a speech followed by a question and answer session with the US Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Bruce Heyman, as well as group discussions on tri-sector leadership.

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Keeton Wilcock, YDC’s Program Director, co-hosted the session and facilitated discussion. Keeton indicated that Ambassador Heyman’s frank challenge to the participants not to wait but to jump head-first into tackling the world’s most complex and pressing public-private-social problems was hugely motivating. He noted: “Ambassador Heyman’s call to action was daunting but also inspiring – the issues are huge but I believe our generation is up to the task.”

From September 28 to October 1, young leaders from 196 countries descended on Ottawa for the One Young World Summit 2016. The most promising talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities, and other forward-thinking organizations were joined by world leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces.

YDC welcomes tri-sector collaboration and leadership by Canadian and global young people to better address the world’s most pressing challenges.

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    
email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
   

 

Press Release: YDC Alumnus on Prime Minister’s Youth Council

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OTTAWA, CANADA – OCTOBER 4, 2016

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Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to announce that Donovan Taplin, a YDC alumnus and 2016 Youth 7 (Y7) delegate, has been invited to join the inaugural group of young Canadian leaders comprising the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. Aiming to leverage the diverse perspectives and skillsets of young Canadians, the Council will directly advise the Prime Minister on a range of issues from climate change to unemployment.

Donovan Taplin indicated that representing the Young Diplomats of Canada at the Y7 Summit in Japan catalyzed his capacity as an effective change agent and helped him develop a competitive application for the Council. He adds: “The stories of my experience with YDC were fundamental to my success in applying to the Prime Minister's Youth Council. As a youth adviser to Prime Minister Trudeau, I hope to embody many of YDC's values: cooperation, collaboration, and continued investment in Canada's greatest renewable resource - it's young people!”

YDC welcomes the emergence of new means for Canadian youth to better engage decision-makers and looks forward to coordinating with Prime Minister’s Youth Council in the years ahead. 

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
 

Press Release: New Partner - CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation

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OTTAWA, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to partner with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation -- a global alliance of civil society organizations working at the local, national, regional and international levels and across sectors. CIVICUS seeks to enable "a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world."

With members in over 150 countries and from its headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, the alliance seeks to influence, connect and enable civil society. As a leader in youth engagement, YDC looks forward to contributing to CIVICUS' activities, while strengthening mission to develop the diplomatic leadership and international advocacy experience of young Canadians.

YDC Executive Director, Olivia Labonté welcomes the partnership: "Too often, youth are left out of the political processes that ultimately shape their futures. However, the growing influence of civil society has provided a space for youth in many parts of the world where they can advocate and instil change. Celebrating the many achievements in the realm of civil society and discussing best practices will be critical going forward."

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
  

Press Release: YDC send young Canadian leaders to Washington to attend the 2016 WB-IMF Annual Meetings

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OTTAWA, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to send five of Canada's brightest young leaders to attend the 2016 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C. YDC’s Delegates will bring a Canadian youth perspective to various high-level meetings throughout October 7th to 9th.

Recruited from a hundreds of highly qualified applicants from across Canada under the age of 30, the YDC delegation is diverse and equipped to address critical issues within the realm of both Canadian and global macroeconomic policy. 

Head Delegate Cerina Lee thinks that it is imperative for Canadian young leaders to play an active role in health policy reform and to initiate a cascade effect for our current youth population to become involved in all intersectoral levels of government processes. Further, she indicated that voicing the youth's perspective at the WB-IMF Annual Meetings will enable new experiences, open-ness to innovative ideas and discussion of novel strategies to tackle health inequities and disparities. 

At the WB-IMF Meetings, global leaders from around the world will come together to discuss the past and future work of their institutions. YDC Delegates will attend numerous seminars alongside official meetings, engaging with civil society, corporate, and governmental actors on the global economy and the many challenges it still faces today. A critical focus of the World Bank Group in the upcoming years is to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to promote shared prosperity.

Engaging with global policy leaders provides an opportunity for youth perspectives to be shared at some of the highest levels of global governance. Through YDC’s social media channels, Delegates will provide exclusive coverage directly from the Annual Meetings.

Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the WB-IMF Annual Meetings is accessible at this

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
   

PRESS RELEASE: New Partner: World Urban Campaign

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OTTAWA, CANADA – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to partner with the World Urban Campaign (WUC),  an advocacy platform coordinated by UN-Habitat which is driven by over 100 partners from around the world. The Campaign aims ‘’to raise awareness about positive urban change  in order to achieve green, productive, safe, healthy, inclusive, and well planned cities’’.  

As a legacy from the Habitat II Conference held in 1996, the WUC is playing an important role in shaping the conversation prior to the Habitat III Conference to be held October 2016 in Quito.

As our Executive Director and  North American Representative for the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board Olivia Labonté shares:

With the New Urban Agenda being decided in Quito this fall, the World Urban Campaign is an essential part of that process. The Campaign provides a platform from which multi-lateral partners from across all sectors can join forces to tackle the world's most pressing urban issues. As the North American Youth Advisor for UN-Habitat as well as a member of the World Urban Campaign's standing committee, I am excited for the many youth targeted initiatives that have emerged from the work of both bodies including the urban thinkers campuses. The Youth Advisory Board, Young Diplomats of Canada and many of our partners will continue working with the World Urban Campaign to ensure the outcomes of Habitat III are beneficial to the global youth.

We invite you to join the conversation, think, share, and act on the global partnership platform for #UrbanThinkers and to visit the World Urban Campaign’s website .

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
    

Press Release: Young Canadians express their G7 priorities

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OTTAWA, CANADA – THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016

Earlier last month, a group of five young Canadians arrived at the Youth 7 (Y7) Summit in Tokyo to negotiate and discuss policy proposals with other young leaders from the G7 nations. The Y7, the official consultation forum for youth in the G7 under 30 years of age, allowed the opportunity for international leaders to be signatories to a remarkable communiqué with the goal of influencing the discussions on the table at this month’s Ise-Shima G7 Summit.

Youth voices are crucial to the heart of G7 countries. This generation is extremely connected, and shares many aspirations across countries which are economically and socially similar, yet providing diverse perspectives and solutions to major international challenges.

The Y7 Summit’s debates allowed the delegations to identify over 20 policy propositions surrounding the themes of international security, sustainable development, and the economy and labour force.

On international security, many tangible actions were debated for countering youth radicalisation. Equally, were questioned the best ways to foster the human capital and opportunities provided by the arrival of refugees.

The theme of sustainable development examined gender equality, education equality, and the opportunities provided by social entrepreneurship. Implementing education surrounding gender-based violence and mental health was a priority, as was scaling tuition and post-secondary debt to income level; ensuring equality in child care options, and measuring unpaid labour in society. Addressing the opportunities of social entrepreneurship for the new generation was developed through policies ensuring that it can be viable and supported career option for youth.

The subject of the economy and the labour force provided the opportunity to identify strategies for better addressing the aging populations at the core of G7 nations, and the rising power of artificial intelligence in society. The discussions had a particular focus on the concept of universal basic income and on the need to better stimulate succession planning in the labour market.

The Canadian delegation comprised of Julien Geremie, Megan Beretta, Moustafa Ezz, Bianca Ponziani, and Donovan Taplin, are extremely proud of their participation and contributions to the summit, and hope that the policy proposals which were developed are echoed in the debates around the G7 Leaders Summit. “The Canadian positions are progressive, creative, and strong. We arrived in Tokyo to propose concrete actions and we are extremely proud to say that our language was used to form the base of the final communiqué of the Y7 Summit”, commented Julien Geremie, Head of the Canadian Delegation.

The Canadian delegates are watching the Prime Minister and the federal government closely, to ensure that the work done in Japan serves as the foundation of the creation of new policy in Canada. 

Read the 2016 Y7 Delegates' Declaration here.

For more information, please contact:

                                  Sally Dimachki
                                  Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
                                  Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
                                  email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
                                

Press Release: Young Diplomats of Canada send young Canadian leaders to Beijing and Shanghai to attend the 2016 Youth 20 Summit

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OTTAWA, CANADA – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to send five of Canada's brightest young global leaders to attend the 2016 Youth 20 Summit (Y20) in Beijing and Shanghai, China from July 31st- August 6th. YDC’s Ambassadors will represent the voice of Canadian youth and young professionals in important negotiations with international delegates. The summit’s final Communiqué will be delivered to G20 Leaders this fall in Hangzhou, China.

After a highly competitive national application process, we selected 5 leaders from a pool of qualified applicants under the age of 30. YDC’s Y20 delegation will address critical issues facing the G20 from both a Canadian and global perspective, and will publish written and video reports about their exclusive experience.

This year, the Chinese Presidency has announced that  “Innovation and Partnership for an Inclusive World“ will form the core of the Y20 agenda.

Head Delegate, Petros Kusmu, shares "As members of the Canadian delegation, we're enthusiastic to bring the voice of Canadian youth to the Y20 Summit in China and to shape the outcomes of the upcoming G20 Summit with our colleagues. The leaders of the G20 are at a critical juncture where nearly every decision made (or forgone) will impact this generation's youth – be it in addressing climate change or youth unemployment. It is imperative that we bring our voices to the table to create more progressive and inclusive policies that are truly effective. Tomorrow's success will hinge upon the investments we make in our youth today and what better forum than the Y20 to ensure this happens."

YDC’s Y20 Delegation, in collaboration with national youth delegations from across the globe, look forward to developing innovative recommendations that will be presented to the G20 Leaders this September.

Biographical info of the YDC Y20 delegates can be found on YDC’s Facebook page.

Read the 2015 Y20 Delegates’ Declaration here.

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
   

Press Release: YDC's New Executive Director Olivia Labonté

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OTTAWA, CANADA – Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) recently announced Olivia Labonté as its new Executive Director. Jaxson Khan, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of YDC has accepted a position with Influitive, a marketing software company, as a Media Strategist and will continue to advise YDC. Khan’s term as Executive Director brought YDC to unprecedented heights in terms of program offerings, domestic events, communications strategy, and a full rebranding of the organization.

Khan remarks “The growth of Young Diplomats of Canada over the last few years has been incredibly powerful. Canada now has a dedicated platform for young people to lead on the global stage, one recognized by our federal government’s diplomatic core and political bodies. YDC also has a strong, authentic brand that young people across the country can relate to and can be proud of. Hence, we draw top candidates to incredibly competitive national programs. Olivia’s dedication and vision gives me tremendous confidence in the continued success of YDC.”

Olivia Labonté moves into the Executive Director role from her role as Program Director, where she served for two years. Olivia also led and participated in many delegations, including the 2014 Y20 Summit in Sydney, Australia and World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as YDC’s third Executive Director especially at a time when the role of young people has never been more critical. This year marks the beginning of the United Nation’s Agenda 2030, a set of global goals that, if fully implemented by 2030, will ensure a better future for all. I look forward to advancing Canada's next generation of global leadership by connecting Canadian youth with international diplomatic opportunities and hands-on advocacy training,” said Labonté.

Labonté also serves as the North American Advisor on UN Habitat’s Youth Advisory Board and as a member of the Standing Committee for the World Urban Campaign, an advocacy platform coordinated by UN-Habitat which is driven by over 100 partners from around the world. She has advised and worked with a number of local and international institutions, including the OECD and the World Bank. In 2014, she was invited to present original unemployment research at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings.

YDC is a federally incorporated non-profit, non-partisan, and youth-led organization working to build Canada’s next generation of global leaders.

For more information, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
    

Press Release: Young Diplomats of Canada send young Canadian leaders to Paris to attend the 2016 OECD Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, CANADA – Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to send five of Canada's brightest young leaders to attend the 2016 OECD Forum in Paris, France. YDC’s Delegates will bring a Canadian youth perspective to various high-level meetings on May 31st and June 1st, 2016.

Recruited from a large number of highly qualified applicants under the age of 30, the YDC delegation is diverse and equipped to address critical issues within the realm of both Canadian and global macroeconomic policy.

Head Delegate, Gautham Krishnaraj is looking forward to represent Canadian Youth at the OECD Forum, as he believes that the delegation is critical in the implementation of the theme “Sustainable Economies, Inclusive Societies”. He believes that ''as we welcome migrants into their new lives as Canadians, young people and families can play a huge role in ensuring that they feel safe, comfortable and valuable as members of our communities''. Gautham is also enthusiastic to see how governments, business and civil society organizations interact and negotiate at the Forum. 

At the OECD Forum, global leaders from around the world will come together to discuss the past and future work of their institutions. YDC Delegates will attend numerous seminars alongside official meetings, engaging with civil society, corporate, and governmental actors on the global economy and the many challenges it still faces today.

Having the opportunity to engage with global leaders provides an opportunity for the youth perspective to be shared at some of the highest levels of global governance. Through YDC’s social media channels, delegates will provide exclusive coverage directly from the Forum.

Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the OECD Forum is accessible on the YDC Facebook page.

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2016 OECD Forum, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
   

Press Release: Young Diplomats of Canada send young Canadian leaders to Tokyo to attend the 2016 Youth 7 Summit

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   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
   OTTAWA, CANADA – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to send five of Canada's brightest young global leaders to attend the 2016 Youth 7 Summit (Y7) in Tokyo, Japan from April 30th - May 3rd, 2016. YDC’s Ambassadors will represent the Canadian youth and young professionals voice in negotiations with international delegations, with the summit’s final communiqué being delivered to G7 Leaders.

After a highly competitive, national application process from a pool of qualified applicants under the age of 30, the YDC Y7 delegation will address critical issues facing the G7 from both a Canadian and global perspective, and will publish written and video reports about their exclusive experience.

This year, the Japanese Presidency has announced that international security, sustainable development labour and economy will form the core of the G7 agenda.

Head Delegate Julien Geremie declares ‘'as members of the Canadian delegation, we are truly excited to share our insights, expertise and perspectives with the other delegations participating in the Y7 summit in Japan. As leaders of tomorrow, we believe that we will be able to make a difference working in collaboration with other engaged youth. We look forward to sharing our Canadian views and our progressive values while working with the other delegations’’.

The YDC Y7 Delegation, in collaboration with numerous national youth delegations, look forward to developing innovative recommendations that will be presented to the G7 Leaders at Ise-Shima.

     Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the Y7 is accessible on the YDC Facebook page.

     To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2016 Youth 7, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
    

 

Press Release: Young Diplomats of Canada send young Canadian leaders to Peru to attend the 2015 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, CANADA – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to send five of Canada's brightest young leaders to attend the 2015 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru. YDC’s Delegates will bring a Canadian youth perspective to various high-level meetings throughout the week of October 5th to October 11th.

Recruited from a large number of highly qualified applicants under the age of 30, the YDC delegation is diverse and equipped to address critical issues within the realm of both Canadian and global macroeconomic policy.

Coming on the heels of the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals in late September, Head Delegate, Jo-Ann Zhou believes, “it will be very interesting to learn about the new strategies that will be implemented at the IMF and World Bank in anticipation of reaching these goals in 2030." Further, she indicates especially looking forward to discussing the World Bank Group's new Gender Equality Strategy.

At the WB-IMF Meetings, global leaders from around the world will come together to discuss the past and future work of their institutions. YDC Delegates will attend numerous seminars alongside official meetings, engaging with civil society, corporate, and governmental actors on the global economy and the many challenges it still faces today. A critical focus of the World Bank Group in the upcoming years is to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to promote shared prosperity.

Having the opportunity to engage with global leaders provides an opportunity for the youth perspective to be shared at some of the highest levels of global governance. Through YDC’s social media channels, delegates will provide exclusive coverage directly from the Annual Meetings.

Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the WB-IMF Annual Meetings is accessible on the YDC Facebook page.

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2015 WB-IMF Annual Meetings, please contact:

    Sally Dimachki
    Communications Director - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
    email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca
  

Press Release: 2015 Youth 20 Summit Communiqué

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, CANADA – Thursday, September 10, 2015

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) sent five Canadian young leaders to attend the 2015 Youth 20 Summit (Y20) in Istanbul, Turkey from August 15th to 21st, 2015. YDC’s Ambassadors represented Canadian youth and young professionals in negotiations with other international delegations, leading to the summit’s final communiqué, which will be delivered to G20 Leaders.

The Y20 is the premier opportunity for young people to influence global policymakers and is the official youth engagement group of the G20. In 2015, the 94 delegates emphasized three themes: “Youth Unemployment; Youth and Education in the 21st Century; and Youth’s Contribution to Peace”.

Youth unemployment was recognized as a main issue in the 2014 Communiqué and G20 leaders echoed this call in their G20 Leaders' Communiqué, emphasizing a commitment to “reducing youth unemployment, which is unacceptably high, by acting to ensure young people are in education, training, or employment”. However, to further improve youth unemployment, this year’s delegates urge leaders to “adopt a concrete, quantifiable and collective target on reducing youth unemployment over 10 years in their respective countries”.

The recent European migrant crisis inspired young leaders to ask the G20 countries “to recognize migration as an international public good [...] and adopt a common international norm for forced displacement due to climate change”. We need to reinforce our international humanitarian response and the world’s youth want to be part of the process.

The 2015 Communiqué will be presented to the G20 Leaders on November 15-16, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey.

Read the 2015 Y20 Delegates’ Declaration.

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2015 Youth 20 Summit, please contact:

Sally Dimachki
Communications Director - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
email: sally@youngdiplomats.ca