Y20-G20 Comparative Analysis

 

Analyzing the Y20 and G20 Outcome Documents: Comparing the Present and Future of Progressive Policy

Executive Summary

In July 2017, the G20 Leaders’ Summit was held in Hamburg, Germany. On the agenda were 15 pressing issues of consequence for people across the globe: Global Economy, International Trade, Employment, Digitalization, Climate and Energy, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Women’s Empowerment, Displacement and Migration, Countering Terrorism, Anti-Corruption, Health and Wellbeing, Food Security and Agriculture, Taxation, Partnership with Africa, and International Financial Markets. Commitments related to these topics were included in the G20 Leaders’ Declaration, as well as in 15 official agreed documents.

One month prior to the Hamburg Summit , the Youth 20 Dialogue (the official youth engagement group of the G20) was held in Berlin. Topics deliberated by the delegates and incorporated into the Y20 Position Paper included: Global Economy, International Trade, Employment, Digitalization, Climate and Energy, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Women’s Empowerment, Displacement and Migration, Countering Terrorism, Anti-Corruption, and Health and Wellbeing.

The aim of this report is to comparatively analyze the 11 common topics covered by the Youth 20 Dialogue and G20 Leaders’ Summit. It seeks to methodically establish the scope of each topic; highlight concerns identified in the Y20 and G20 meeting documents; critically compare each group’s commitments, recommendations, and communiqué content, while also noting the contrasts and similarities in approach; and finally, contribute additional brief contextual details that are important to consider for the given topic.