Y20 Australia 2014 Delegates’ Declaration
“We need to create digital communities to enable knowledge sharing amongst young people in Europe and Africa” – Isaac Aggrey, WASEN Ghana
There are about 20 policy recommendations proposed by the Y20 to the G20 leaders with Support for Youth Entrepreneurship, Improve Labour Mobility, Protect Youth Jobs and Promote Decent Employment highlighted as top priority policy recommended actions. The Taskforce recognizes the outstanding efforts of the Y20 delegates and will support them to achieve the objectives proposed in the declaration.
The Youth 20 (Y20) is the official youth engagement group of the G20 and is an essential component of the Australian Government’s engagement of stakeholders with the G20 agenda.
“The risk of a “lost generation” of young people who are not able to find meaningful employment opportunities looms large and the Y20 provides an opportunity to engage with G20 Leaders on this very important issue” – Holly Ransom, 2014 Chair of Y20.
Much of the responsibility for enhancing the G20’s youth engagement strategy rests mainly with the 2014 Y20 Planning Group and the delegates to the 2014 Y20 Summit, who worked first online and then collectively in Sydney to draft key recommendations and a communiqué around the three Y20 themes for 2014: growth and jobs creation, global mobility and sustainable development.
This context underpins both the theme and the focus of this year’s 2014 Youth 20 Summit: “Engaging the present, shaping the future”. It reflects a desire for this year’s G20 to both provide the opportunity for young people to inform the Leaders’ decision-making on current global issues, and to coordinate youth engagement and action to drive future-focused change.
The goals for this year’s Y20 are two-fold:
- To place youth unemployment on the G20 Leaders’ agenda and get an agreement to a bold action plan to tackle the issue, and;
- To grow the legitimacy, reach and impact of the Y20 summit, and better integrate the voice of today’s youth into the existing G20 dialogue.
This will be achieved by being more succinct and pragmatic in the Y20 recommendations to Leaders, and by building greater traction with G20’s other engagement teams, working groups and taskforces.
In meeting the first challenge, the Y20 has restructured the policy development process to generate two documents at the end of the Y20 summit: a communiqué encompassing the consensus of ideas from Y20 delegates and a new document: a three-point “policy ask” to G20 Leaders that will be the focus of a global youth-action strategy on key issues such as youth unemployment. Additionally, the Y20 has deepened its policy base by developing a knowledge partnership with Deloitte Access Economics, presenting to the G20 Employment Taskforce and working closely with the Business 20 (B20) engagement group of the G20.
Across all the Y20’s work, the aim is to produce succinct, action focused communications for the G20 Leaders and work with all Y20 delegates to create a system of accountability through the establishment of a comprehensive multilateral global accountability framework.
The G20’s Taskforce on Employment (TFE) is coordinating the development of members’ employment plans that will be included in country growth strategies.
Australia, as G20 Chair has adopted this policy recommendations contained in the Communiqué by majority support – in addition to three priority policy recommendations in June – having developed them in committees and sought to accommodate the views of all delegates.
Australian Presidency’s has pledged its support for engaging youth in G20 decision making and will also host a Labour and Employment Ministers meeting on 10-11 September to develop actions to boost employment, lift workforce participation and help long-term and youth unemployment.
Success for the Y20 in 2014 will be defined by two outcomes. The first is getting a bolder commitment from G20 Leaders to take action to address youth unemployment.
The second is through the development of a fully functioning youth engagement group for the G20, which can be a lasting legacy of the Australian G20 presidency in 2014.
The Y20 has taken major steps to better integrate itself into the broader G20 agenda, and in taking these steps, will ensure that G20 youth will continue to have the opportunity to engage with G20 Leaders for many years to come.