Youth 20 Dialogue in Berlin
The summit ahead of the summit …
Designing the world’s future. Youth 20 Dialogue is the official youth forum of the G20 summit. Young people with different cultural and professional backgrounds met here to contribute their own ideas and concepts on the future of international dialogue. In June 2017, 70 young people from more than 20 nations gathered to discuss global challenges and to develop innovative solutions.
In summer 2017, about 70 young adults came together, on the invitation of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, to take part in the Youth 20 Dialogue 2017 in Berlin. From June 1st to 8th, they discussed the topics of the G20 agenda, developed their own positions and elaborated possible solutions and suggestions for the G20 summit taking place in Hamburg one month later.
Topics up for discussion included global climate change, implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the future development of the global economy and free world trade, the migration and refugee crises, and the fight against terrorism and corruption.
The youth summit was part of a wide-ranging process of dialogue initiated by Chancellor Angela Merkel. This process took place ahead of the G20 summit itself and included representatives from all fields of civil society. Participants of the youth summit had the opportunity to meet Chancellor Merkel while in Berlin and to present her with their own vision of how the world’s future is to be shaped and moulded.
Intensive international process of dialogue
Youth 20 Dialogue was designed as a continuous, participatory process of exchange. Moreover, it was accompanied professionally. An online dialogue preceded the youth summit and served as its preparation. In this dialogue, participants were able to discuss the G20 topics and carve out which of these topics they consider the most important.
Once the summit got underway in Berlin, the working focus was placed on the development of positions, solutions and suggestions, and on the preparation of a position paper for the G20 summit in July. All phases of work were accompanied by exchange with experts from the fields of science, economy, politics and civil society, enabling participants to reflect on their positions and to refine lines of reasoning. The highlight of Youth 20 Dialogue was a reception in the Federal Chancellery, where position papers were handed over to Chancellor Angela Merkel and to Katarina Barley, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
Aside from the intense working process, the young adults were cordially invited to experience Berlin in its diversity and to start conversations with all strata of civil society. A host of cultural activities, media and sports events have been set up to facilitate becoming acquainted with and gaining insights into German culture and society.
Youth 20 Dialogue is hosted by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and realized by the International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany (IJAB).