PRESS RELEASE: YDC SENDS YOUNG CANADIANS TO THE 2018 Y20 SUMMIT

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is excited to announce that two of Canada's brightest young leaders will attend the 2018 Youth 20 (Y20) Summit in Cordoba, Argentina. After a highly competitive national search, Delegates were selected to represent the perspectives and insights of Canadian youth during Argentina’s G20 Presidency.

 The YDC 2018 Y20 Summit delegation:

  • Aniqah Zowmi

  • Fahim Rahman

The Y20 is a Formal G20 Engagement Group that brings together nationally selected youth delegates from every G20 Member State to negotiate and present policy recommendations to G20 Leaders. This year, the Y20 will also deliver over 20 social entrepreneurship projects to drive real impact worldwide within the themes of education for development and preparing youth for the future of work.

 “Youth have shown they are passionate about the future of work and gender equality, as seen in our strong voter turnout the past Canadian federal election,” commented YDC Delegate Fahim Rahman, “we’re eager to make a difference by including youth, G20 leaders will be able to address important issues with a focus on sustainable and inclusive growth for the future."

 “I’m excited to work to engage minority and underrepresented groups at the Y20,” said YDC Delegate Aniqah Zowmi, “As a member of several minority groups, and having been both formally and experientially educated in the systemic ways in which these populations are marginalized at the highest levels of decision-making and policy creation, I hope that the Y20 will embrace a gender-based, systemic, and Indigenous perspective to the future of work.”

 Young Diplomats of Canada is the Government of Canada’s national nominating partner for Canada’s Y20 2018 Delegation.

 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 2017 Y20 Delegates’ Declaration here.

 To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2018 Y20 Summit, please contact:

Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
nicolette@youngdiplomats.ca

PRESS RELEASE: YDC 2017 Annual Report is now live!

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is excited to share our 2017 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. 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 2018.

For more information, please contact:

    Nicolette Addesa
    Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
    Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
     email: nicolette@youngdiplomats.ca

What Brings Us Together: A Discussion with the Young Diplomats of Canada Delegation to the OECD Forum 2018

In May 2018, a group of six young Canadians came together from around the world to serve as Ambassadors of the Young Diplomats of Canada to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum 2018 in Paris, France.

The young Canadian leaders met with high-level global leaders and leading thinkers to discuss the most pressing and important policy issues confronting the global economy, while considering the role of young people in helping shape the future.

This year, the OECD Forum focused on responding to the realities of a ‘post-truth world’ by identifying opportunities to heighten civic engagement and co-create policy solutions that actively involve citizens. In that same spirit, we’re very excited to announce that in addition to providing a behind-the scenes look at deliberations over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, YDC delegates also visited Radio Campus Paris to record a podcast.

 Listen to YDC’s very first podcast HERE!

Reflecting on the complexity of shaping policy in 2018, Delegates unpack OECD discussions on topics including trade, democracy and voting, housing inequality, digitization, and skills for the future of work.

Connect with us on social media, send us a note to let us know what you think of our first podcast!

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2018 OECD Forum, please contact:

 Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
nicolette@youngdiplomats.ca

 

Press Release: YDC Send Young Canadians to the 2018 OECD Forum

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OTTAWA, CANADA – APRIL 13, 2018

The Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is excited to announce that six young Canadian leaders will attend the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Public Forum 2018 from May 28 to June 1 in Paris, France.  

 The 2018 YDC delegation to OECD Public Forum:

  • Tatheer Ali, Head Delegate
  • Celine Caira, Communications Coordinator
  • Adèle Bélanger-McMurdo
  • Matthias Leuprecht
  • Sarah Bérubé
  • Garima Karia

Delegates have been selected after a national competition. The delegation of young professionals includes policy analysts in the government, masters students, and economists. Together, they will represent the perspectives of Canadian youth in Paris.  

 Building on last year’s discussions around bridging sharp societal divides, the OECD Forum 2018 will seek to move from ‘diagnosis to action’ and shape solutions to build bridges. Governments, policy wonks, and civil society will gather to discuss the most important policy issues facing the global economy.

 "Engaging young Canadians at international summits is vital to ensuring [our] voices are well represented at multilateral tables,” said YDC Head Delegate Tatheer Ali, adding “the 2018 OECD YDC delegation is an opportunity to engage in policy debates on international cooperation in the 21st century. We’re eager to learn from the experiences of other OECD countries, and in return, to share Canada’s experiences."

 At the Public Forum, Delegates will provide a behind the scenes look at deliberations and a series of high-level meetings through YDC’s social media channels. You can follow the delegation’s live updates via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

 To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2018 OECD Forum, please contact:

Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
nicolette@youngdiplomats.ca

Press Release: YDC send young Canadian to the 2018 World Bank / International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings

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OTTAWA, CANADA – April 9, 2018

The Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to announce that five young Canadian leaders will be attending the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (WB/IMF) Spring Meetings from April 17 to 22, in Washington, DC.

The 2018 YDC delegation to the WB/IMF Spring Meetings:

  • Sohaib Ahmed, Head Delegate
  • Jordan Storozuk, Communications Coordinator
  • Matundu Loic Veza
  • Claire Robbins
  • Carolyn Gaspar

Delegates were selected from a competitive pool of applicants after a rigorous national competition and will serve to represent the voices, insights and ideas of Canadian youth at the Spring Meetings.

“One of the key themes relevant to youth at this year’s Spring Meetings is the digitalization of work and challenges in the new global economy,” said YDC Head Delegate Sohaib Ahmed, “Young people across all economies are facing the reality of preparing for jobs of the future which often includes managing precarious work. We’re keen to hear how global economic leaders will work through these challenges and foster positive economic and workplace environments for the next generation of workers.”

As part of their engagement at the Spring Meetings, Delegates will also attend a number of side meetings with high-level Canadian and international officials to share their insights on opportunities and challenges with youth engagement within international and national economic systems.

Delegates will be providing an inside look at the Spring Meetings and coverage of their engagements through YDC”s social media channels. You can follow the delegation's live updates via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

 To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2018 WB-IMF Spring Meetings, please contact:

Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
Email: nicolette@youngdiplomats.ca

Press Release: YDC send young Canadians to the 2018 Y7 Summit

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OTTAWA, CANADA – March 29, 2018

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is excited to announce the selection of a delegation of four of Canada's brightest young leaders to attend the 2018 Youth 7 (Y7) Summit in Ottawa, Ontario. The Y7 Summit will take place April 16 to 18, 2018 just over one month prior to the G7 Summit in Charlevoix. The summit will bring together youth delegates from all G7 member states and the European Union to discuss and form policy recommendations. The Y7 summit includes the negotiation and formation of a Y7 communiqué, for Leaders’ attention.

The delegation was recruited from a nationally competitive pool of applicants and are equipped to address critical issues that are the focus for the G7 countries including climate and environment, the future of work, and the intersection and promotion of gender equality.

The YDC 2018 Y7 Summit delegation:

  • Larissa Crawford, Head Delegate
  • Caroline Brouillette, Communications Coordinator
  • Aaron Joshua Pinto, Delegate
  • Chris Zhou, Delegate

There are three key policy priorities which will be the focus for the Y7 Summit agenda:

  • Gender-focused development and economic policies for the empowerment of women and girls;
  • Climate change policies and the global commitment to funding climate action;
  • Innovation, the future of jobs and the new economy.

These policy priorities represent a broader reflection of the G7 process and agenda as it takes shape under Canada’s presidency. Additionally, these priorities align and provide for policy recommendations to be developed with a youth-centric perspective.

Canadian Head Delegate, Larissa Crawford, believes "Canadian leaders are increasingly recognizing that youth, Indigenous and racialized people, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized groups must be meaningfully engaged in policy making and governance. We have a very strong and diverse Canadian delegation this year with exhaustive experience in the Y7 themes of gender equality, climate change and environment, and the future of work. In representing the interests of Canadian youth we are absolutely committed to advocating for the voices, interests, and needs of those who can't be at this table."

Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the Youth 7 (Y7) Summit is accessible here. To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2018 Y7 Summit, please contact Nicolette Addesa, information below.

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

Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
nicolette@youngdiplomats.ca

Press Release: Young Diplomats of Canada send young Canadian Leaders to Washington to attend the 2017 WB/IMF Annual Meetings

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OTTAWA, CANADA – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Bankers, governments, civil society and the private sector will gather at the World Bank / International Monetary Fund Headquarters in October for their Annual Meetings, to discuss the most important issues facing our global economy.  

To ensure the voices of young Canadians are present and engaged, Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to announce that five young Canadian leaders will attend the WB/IMF Annual Meetings from October 9-15th, 2017. Joining YDC after a national competition of candidates under 30, the delegation of young professionals includes a Ph.D student, a Bank of Canada professional and a Fellow at Venture for Canada. Together, the delegation will not only represent Canada's youth, but contribute a uniquely informed perspective on macroeconomic policy, from both a Canadian and international perspective.

YDC Head Delegate Erika Richter believes that “the issues presented at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings directly affect youth around the world. In discussing sustainable development, climate change, or innovation and technology, we are looking forward to ensuring youth are not only on the agenda, but are also at the table.  We hope to advocate for policy change and resource mobilization in favour of Canadian leadership in the global economy and global sustainable development when we return home.”

At the WB-IMF Annual Meetings, global leaders from around the world and across sectors will come together to discuss poverty eradication and aid effectiveness by looking for new approaches to tackle big challenges.

Directly engaging global leaders in government and civil society provides an opportunity for the incorporation of youth perspectives within the highest levels of global governance. Through YDC’s social media channels, delegates will provide exclusive coverage directly from the Annual Meetings.

The YDC 2017 World Bank / International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings Delegation:

  • Erika Richter, Head Delegate
  • Ben Winn, Communications Coordinator
  • Grant Sorensen
  • Meryam Al-waadh
  • Jason Ribeiro

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

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2017 WB/IMF Annual Meetings or to schedule media engagements with the delegates, please contact:

Sally Dimachki
Communications Director - 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 Geneva to attend the 2017 WTO Public Forum

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OTTAWA, CANADA – Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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This year, all eyes will be on Geneva in September for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum where governments, policy wonks, and civil society will gather to discuss the most important issues facing global commerce. With Brexit, NAFTA renegotiations, and economic nationalism dominating the news cycle, this year's Public Forum will seek to go "Behind the Headlines."  

To ensure the voices of young Canadians are present and engaged, Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to announce that six young Canadian leaders will attend the WTO Public Forum from September 26 - 28th. Joining YDC after a national competition of candidates under 30, the delegation of young professionals includes a Policy Assistant for the Ontario Government, a finance practitioner, and a United Nations World Food Programme professional. Together, the delegation will not only represent Canada's youth, but contribute a uniquely informed perspective on topics of global importance.

Head Delegate Eashan Karnik believes that “it is essential that Canadian youth play a role in these discussions to ensure that our voices are heard, and our perspectives are captured in the conversation. Our delegation is eager to learn from the nations and dignitaries present at the forum, to build our understanding on the state of global trade, and then to develop this learning and understanding into action that empowers Canada’s trade relations." 

At the WTO Public Forum, this year's theme "Trade: Behind the Headlines" will "[...] examine in detail the realities of trade – the opportunities it offers and the challenges it can bring." Global leaders from around the world and across sectors will come together to discuss the future of trade and how to ensure that it is more inclusive.

Directly engaging global leaders in government and civil society provides an opportunity for the incorporation of youth perspectives within the highest levels of global governance. Through YDC’s social media channels, delegates will provide exclusive coverage directly from the Public Forum.

YDC 2017 WTO Public Forum Delegation:

  • Eashan Karnik, Head Delegate
  • Helen Hanbidge, Communications Coordinator
  • Louis P. Gauvreau
  • Lauren Webber
  • Katelynn Wynen
  • Sebastian Muermann

Biographical info on YDC’s Delegates to the WTO Public Forum is accessible at this link. 

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2017 WTO Public Forum or to schedule media engagements with the delegates, 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 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 2018 World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings

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OTTAWA, CANADA – April 9, 2018

World Bank / International Monetary Fund Headquarters will bring together banks, governments, civil society and the private sector on April 17 to 22 for their Spring Meetings, to discuss the most important issues facing our global economy.  

To ensure the voices of young Canadians are present and engaged, Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is proud to announce that five young Canadian leaders will attend the WB/IMF Spring Meetings. Joining YDC after a national competition of candidates under 30, the delegation of young professionals includes a young entrepreneur, a Master’s Candidate and a Fintech professional. Together, the delegation will not only represent Canada's youth, but contribute a uniquely informed perspective on macroeconomic policy, from both a Canadian and international perspective.

“The World Bank/IMF meetings have, in the past two years, centered on global development in the context of digitalization, globalization, and other emerging trends; these are trends that young Canadians need to be familiar with, and that they need to gear their translatable skill acquisition towards in order to become productive members of the future of work.” said YDC Head Delegate, Sohaib Ahmed, “Young Canadians also need to understand Canada’s position in the global development landscape, so that they can contribute to advancing other countries – given that Canadian youth are multiculturally diverse, understanding how we could impact other countries could help them reach out to global communities with which they have ties, and make change. Via this summit, we hope to involve non-governmental organizations in the finance and business spheres in WB/IMF discussions, and hold countries accountable for the suggestions they make at the Meetings via compliance research following the Meetings”.

At the WB-IMF Annual Meetings, global leaders from around the world and across sectors will come together to discuss poverty eradication and aid effectiveness by looking for new approaches to tackle big challenges.

Directly engaging global leaders in government and civil society provides an opportunity for the incorporation of youth perspectives within the highest levels of global governance. Through YDC’s social media channels, delegates will provide exclusive coverage directly from the Annual Meetings. 

YDC 2018 Delegates to the WB-IMF Spring Meetings:

  • Sohaib Ahmed, Head Delegate
  • Jordan Storozuk, Communications Coordinator
  • Matundu Loic Veza
  • Claire Robbins
  • Carolyn Gaspar

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

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

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2018 WB-IMF Spring Meetings, please contact:

 

Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
email: nicolette@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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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