Press Release: 2015 Youth 20 Summit Communiqué

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: [email protected]