PRESS RELEASE: YDC SENDS YOUNG CANADIAN LEADERS TO GENEVA TO ATTEND 2019 WTO PUBLIC FORUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, CANADA – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

After a highly competitive national search, delegates were selected to represent the perspectives and insights of Canadian youth at the 2019 World Trade Organization Public Forum from October 8 - 11, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation will not only represent Canada's youth, but contribute a uniquely informed perspective on topics of global importance.

Global trade is increasingly characterized by changes in technology, production methods, employment patterns, demographics, and climate. Last year's WTO Public Forum considered how some of these dynamics will influence the trading system and how global trade will evolve over the coming decades. This year's Public Forum will go a step further and consider how trade can adapt to these changes.

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 WTO Public Forum.

The YDC 2019 WTO Public Forum delegation:

Abarna Selvarajah Head Delegate
Anna Desmarais, Communications Coordinator
Mark Garcia
Antonie Tremblay
Saika Sarazin

"The age of new technology and digital economy has accelerated the exchange of labour, production, and intellectual property. This is often to the detriment of labour standards, and at the expense of human rights of the labourers," said YDC Head Delegate Abarna Selvarajah, "It is vital that the WTO promote a rules-based framework in labour standards to better serve the next chapter of trade negotiations. Civil society groups and young people are in a unique position to hear the concerns of community members, while also uphold government commitments to the active maintenance of human rights. We are looking forward to engaging with global leaders on how to best weave together the discourse of trade and human rights." 

Under the headlining theme of Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World, the WTO Public Forum will consider a series of subthemes: services — the next trade frontier; the next generation — what do Millennials & Gen Z want to see from global trade; and the next chapter of the WTO — strengthening the trading system. Global leaders from across sectors and the world 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 to incorporate  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.

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

To learn more about the YDC Delegation to the 2019 WTO Public Forum or to schedule media engagements with the delegates, please contact:

Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications - Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada - Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
[email protected]