Agenda

I. G200 Youth Summit Committees

Committee 1: Global Health

The health care system of the world, as well as many other areas, is constantly being improved and modernized. The main aim of all humankind is to enhance the quality of medical care. Health care should be a priority of public policy around the world. There are many urgent issues such as Availability and Quality of Healthcare, Medical Training Programmes, Medicines, Child Health, Basic Health Services and financing them. The aim of the Healthcare Committee is to identify not only the gravest health concerns, current and painful issues, but also to offer governments and healthcare organizations possible innovative solutions, as well as proposal for transforming the Health Care system.

The G-200 Summit Global Health Committee will develop recommendations relevant to the international organizations, national and local governments, private sector, NGO’s, communities as well as recommendations, which can be implemented by every participant of the Committee in his or her country at the individual level.

Committee 2: Shaping the Labour Market

Today’s labour market is characterized by a contradiction: on the one hand, the high percentage of unemployment, on the other - a shortage of skilled workers. That is why, in order to ensure a

high rate of economic growth, great attention is given to the problem of improving the quality of the labour force. Young people will play an important role in this task. But in the modern society the youth are faced challenges of various kinds such as a misbalance in the occupational skill structure of employment, the failure to utilize gaining knowledge and skills, absence of demand of professionals (licentiates) after graduation, and structural unemployment. In the current economic situation the Labour Market Committee has not only to answer the essential question as to how to ensure the functioning of the labour market, but also to develop policy recommendations for both developed and developing countries’ authorities in order to provide a breeding ground for future generations.

The G-200 Summit Shaping the Labour Market Committee will develop recommendations relevant to the international organizations, national and local governments, private sector, NGO’s, communities as well as recommendations, which can be implemented by every participant of the Committee in his or her country at the individual level.

Committee 3: From Consumer Society towards 'Value-based' Society

Overconsumption is costing us the Earth and human happiness. In our society, consumers are purchasing more and more items, and throwing more of it, when it’s relatively short useful life is over, away. The global waste crisis tends to be defined both a problem of production and a problem of consumption. Production processes are wasteful: many materials used, not enough by-products recycled. Consumers do not know where the waste by-products from the manufacturer of consumer items they buy end up, or even what that waste is composed of. Post-consumer waste and pre-consumer wastes are making their way around the world, with detrimental environmental and social impacts of which consumers have little understanding. It calls for humanity to think over what environmentally responsible consumption decisions could be made, how we could stop exceeding the ‘carrying capacity’ of the planet, how to reconstruct our society into the world where we consume less and value more. An age in which product repair is a common and natural activity may return, the recycling technologies may be developed.

The ‘from Consumer Society towards Value-based Society’ Committee will develop recommendations relevant to the international organizations, national and local governments, private sector, NGO’s, communities as well as recommendations, which can be implemented by every participant of the Committee in his or her country at the individual level.

Committee 4: New Strategies for Financial Sector and World Economy

The modern world is characterized by a combination of acute challenges and difficulties exposed by the global financial and economic crisis. It is true that around the world economic growth is picking up pace, deep challenges remain, including poverty, environmental degradation, persistent unemployment, political instability, violence and conflict. The change process of economic and financial picture of the world is characterized by globalization, which generates economic growth reconstructing the world. But the benefits of globalization are unevenly

distributed, leading to the change in the balance of economic power among countries and to the growth of disparities. The problems of economic disparities and inequalities do not lose their importance, both nationally and internationally. However, such processes solve some problems posing others. In addition to global the New Strategies Committee will answer a number of acute questions. What positive and negative events are expected in the global economy over the coming years? What risks will it lead to? And how can we influence the current situation? At the end it will elaborate on recommendations to global risk challenges and address this appeal to financial ministries and other concerned organizations.

The G-200 Summit New Strategies for Financial Sector and World Economy Committee will develop recommendations relevant to the international organizations, national and local governments, private sector, NGO’s, communities as well as recommendations, which can be implemented by every participant of the Committee in his or her country at the individual level.

Committee 5: Technological Challenges

The 21st century demands a radical rethink of how we use science in the service of society. During this time we will perhaps be facing the greatest challenge in the history of humanity: sustaining a great amount of people on a planet where natural resources are running scarce. At the same time our century faces the greatest technological challenges. Development of economical solar energy and fusion-energy, crafting carbon sequestration methods, improving access to clean water, reversing the effects of ageing, reprogramming genes to prevent diseases, digital innovation and transformation, other pressing needs are some of the biggest issues for the modern world. The solutions to many of these issues will come from emerging areas of science and technology that include nanotechnology, as well as areas such as synthetic biology,

quantum physics and cognitive science. The innovations are supposed to improve our life style in all spheres of the individual life and the life of society; especially healthcare and food production through programming of cells, space exploration through the launch of space planes and advanced research satellites, and diversification of energy sources through the production of energy materials, etc.

The G200 Summit Technological challenges committee will develop recommendations on how we should use science in the service of society, and relevant to the international organizations, national and local governments, private sector, NGO’s, communities as well as recommendations, which can be implemented by every participant of the Committee in his or her country at the individual level.

II. Conference Round tables

Economics and Finance
Law and Human Rights
World Politics and International Relations
Social Affairs and Medicine
Ecology, Environment, and Energy
Design, Technology, and Innovations
Education and Youth
Humanities: History, Philosophy, Linguistics, Arts and Journalism.

III. International Young Parliamentarians' Debate Committees

Women’s rights, family, child support and welfare;
Sport and youth policy, culture, education and media;
Business and entrepreneurship, innovations and energy;
Local development, sustainability, transport and tourism.

IV. Joint Sessions Round tables

I. Security Education: A Need? or A Must?

Does this generation need to be properly and formally educated about security? In the wake of extremism that is sweeping across the world and seriously threatening the core values of civilization, coexistence, diversity and compassion, what is our role as educators and education policy makers to safeguard the generation and protect them from an ISIL ghost behind a screen trying enlist them as zealous jihadists? Schools in the West and other corners of the world offer sex education, environmental education, and so on and so forth. Isn’t it time that we thought about adding security education to our curricula? If yes, then how? And is it possible to expand the concept of security education to cover most pertinent threats and dangers that our children and youth need to be aware of and capable of protecting themselves against them? Online threats, rape, and bullying, are but a few examples. Children and youth are a very susceptible group of people and this is a well-known fact. Don’t they need to be taught how to “sniff” a possible danger and responsibly and courageously protect themselves against it? Isn’t this education needed to foster good citizenship? Isn’t it a must “now”?

Subtopics

1. The Scope of Extremism. Extremism and Other Threat

Is extremism a local, regional, or global threat?

In addition to extremism, which is the most dangerous threat that must be addressed, what are the other most pertinent threats (that jeopardize the individual student, his/her family, his community and world peace at large) that security education must focus on? Where do these threats come from?

2. Goals & Objectives of Security Education. Justification and Rationale of Security Education.

What is the ultimate goal of security education?

What are the justifications of offering security education in schools?

3. Research into Security Education. Policies & Procedures

What research is needed in order to form a comprehensive outlook and understanding of the scope of security education?

What policies and procedures are needed in order to offer security education successfully?

4. National Curricula & Security Education. Knowledge, Competencies & Skills

How should national curricula develop the sense of personal, societal and national security in students? Should security education be taught as an independent school subject, for example?

What knowledge, competencies and skills do curricula need to enable the students with in order to survive the threat of extremism (and other threats) in the 21st century?5

5. Social Media & Security Education

How can we protect youth from the threats that come from the open world of social media and technology without impacting their positive relationship with it and benefit from its potential? What skills should young users of social media learn and develop to use the open world of the social media safely?

II. Perceiving Happiness

In this Joint Session on Perceiving Happiness we will consider three overarching themes which are essential to increasing global happiness and well-being: 1) how we define and measure happiness, 2) how we teach and learn happiness and well-being 3) and how we move forward sustainably. In discussing each theme it may be helpful to consider both individual and collective perspectives, as well as the similarities and differences which are relevant to the context of our particular community, country and continent. We will also use the opportunity to reflect on our own unique strengths and interests, how these inform our viewpoints and how we can apply them to make a positive difference in the world.

Subtopics

1 Defining and Measuring Happiness

“Too much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community value in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product...counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities... and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” Robert F. Kennedy 1968

Given that traditional economic measures such as GDP are no longer deemed sufficient indicators of societal progress, what measures should we use?

How can we promote the use of new measures and ensure that they are given the same credibility and become part of everyday language in the same way that GDP is?

How do we make Kennedy’s words irrelevant by 2018 (50 years on)?

Greater material wealth does not automatically lead to greater happiness, individually or collectively. How do we balance economic and happiness goals so that they compliment each other, rather than compete with or undermine each other? How do we balance individual and collective needs?

2. Happiness and Well-being in Education

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime (Proverb)

Given the vital role that happiness plays in the success of individuals, societies and nations (the ‘Decent Society’), how do we learn the science behind happiness and the skills to put it into practice?

‘In most schools, maths and science are more important than languages. Languages are more important than art and music. Drama and dance are not important at all’ (quotation from UK TeachersTalk forum). How do we prioritise the teaching and learning of happiness and well-being in a typical school? What knowledge and skills do we need to include in school curricula? What are the implications - for parenting roles, teacher training, qualifications and so on?

If happiness and well-being are not taught at school, how will young people learn the science of happiness and the skills to put it into practice for themselves and their communities?

3. Happiness: a Serious Business

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. Einstein

Given the vital role that happiness plays in the success of individuals, societies and nations (the ‘Decent Society’), how can Positive Psychology (the scientific study of optimal human functioning) inform how we tackle urgent global issues, aside from health?

From a top-down (rather than bottom-up) perspective, how do we ensure that rigorous scientific knowledge, thinking and evidence on happiness and well-being are routinely incorporated into policy?

4. Well-being through Social Aspects

“No man is an island”. John Donne

Happiness plays a role in every aspect of human life, from cradle to grave and all the stops in between. It is a fundamental aspect of a ‘Decent Society’. How do we ensure that ministries and international organisations consider happiness and well-being issues seriously, and work together to create and sustain a ‘Decent Society’?

5. Moving Forward Sustainably

“Happiness is not a spectator sport”. Chris Peterson

What are your unique strengths and interests? How will you apply them to make a positive difference for other young people who are not here?

From a bottom-up (rather than top-down) perspective, what are the key 3-5 things that you will do to increase the amount of human happiness in the world?

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G200 Youth Forum Press Office
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Opening Ceremony, Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova, G200 Association Founder and President Gives the First Speech
April, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Opening Ceremony, Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova, G200 Association Founder and President Gives the First Speech
Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova, G200 Association Founder and President welcomes the participants
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Opening Ceremony, Mr. Wolfgang Bauer, Deputy Mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen greets Participants
Before the Official Opening Ceremony, Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova and Mr. Chris Skellett, Panellist of the Plenary Session
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Opening Ceremony, Plenary Session Panellists
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Opening Ceremony, Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness
G200 Participants, go to the Official Opening Ceremony
Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness, Dr. Ruut Veenhoven, Emeritus Professor, Rotterdam University, the Netherlands, presents Greater Happiness for a Greater Number
Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness, Mr. Chris Skellett, presenting Balancing Pleasure and Achievement in your Life
Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness, Ms. Miriam Akhtar, presents ‘Happiness is not a Spectator Sport’
Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness, Ms. Nkandu Beltz, presents ‘The Perception of Happiness’
Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness, Ms. Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Workmad Ltd., London, presents ‘Happiness: Other People Matter’
Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness, Q & A Section
Plenary Session Perceiving Happiness, Q & A Section
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Opening Ceremony, Family Photo
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session I: Security Education. Mr. Asaad Al Asaad, Chair of the Session
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session I: Security Education: A Need? Or A Must?
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session I: Security Education: A Need? Or A Must?
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session I: Security Education: A Need? Or A Must?
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session I: Security Education: A Need? Or A Must?
Three Group Leaders of the Joint Session I: Security Education: Mr. Robert de Wit, Group Leader for Parliamentarian, Shin-Yi Wu, Group Leader for Students and Ms. Elena Alcalde, Group Leader for Academics
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session II: Perceiving Happiness. Ms Bridget Grenville Cleave, Chair of the Session and Dr. Ruut Veenhoven, Group Leader for Professors
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session II: Perceiving Happiness
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session II: Perceiving Happiness
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Joint Session II: Perceiving Happiness
Joint Session II Chair and two Analysts: Mr. Luke Addison and Ms. Valencia Gabriella
Welcome Champagne before the Classical Concert
Welcome Champagne before the Classical Concert, Dr. Ruut Veenhoven and Mr. Wolfgang Bauer
Welcome Champagne before the Classical Concert, Spanish Delegation Surrounded by New Friends
Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova, Founder and President and Ms. Yana Alexandrova, Head of Strategic Committee of the G200 Association before the Classical Concert
Classical Concert, Oleg Weinstein, pianist, soloist, and professor of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory playing Tchaikovsky
G200 Youth Forum Classical Concert, Ovation from the Audience
G200 Youth Forum Classical Concert
G200 Youth Forum Classical Concert
G200 Youth Forum Classical Concert , Ms. Sedzani Siaga, Master of Ceremonies d
Werdenfelser Salonorchester Jazz Ban
G200 Youth Forum Opening Gala Dinner
Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova, G200 Association Founder and President and Dr. Asaad Al Asaad, Director of Student Activity Administration of Al Yamamah University, present Silver Angel Award to Ms. Sedzani Siaga, Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria
Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova and Dr. Asaad Al Asaad present Silver Angel Award to Mr. Francesco Vanderjeugd, Parliamentarian, Flemish Parliament, Belgium
Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova presents Silver Angel Award to Dr. Ruut Veenhoven, Emeritus Professor, Rotterdam University, the Netherlands for Impact in Scientific Research of Human Happiness
G200 Youth Forum Opening Gala Dinner
G200 Youth Forum Opening Gala Dinner, International Friends
Happy Birthday Ms. Yana Alexandrova!
G200 Youth Forum Opening Gala Dinner
G200 Youth Forum 2016, Conference Platform
G200 Conference, Round Table I: Economics and Finance, Session I: Investing and Financing
G200 Conference, Round Table II: Law and Human Rights & Round Table IV: Social Affairs and Medicine
G200 Conference, Round Table II: Law and Human Rights& Round Table IV: Social Affairs and Medicine
G200 Conference, Round Table II: Law and Human Rights& Round Table IV: Social Affairs and Medicine
G200 Conference, Round Table III: World Politics and International Relations
G200 Conference, Round Table III: World Politics and International Relations
G200 Conference, Round Table V: Ecology, Environment, and Energy & Round Table VI: Design, Technology and Innovations
G200 Conference, Round Table V: Ecology, Environment, and Energy & Round Table VI: Design, Technology and Innovations
G200 Conference, Round Table V: Ecology, Environment, and Energy & Round Table VI: Design, Technology and Innovations
G200 Conference, Round Table VII: Education and Youth
G200 Conference, Round Table VII: Education and Youth
G200 Conference, Round Table VII: Education and Youth
G200 Conference, Round Table VII: Education and Youth
G200 Conference, Round Table VII: Education and Youth
G200 Youth Summit: Global Health Committee
G200 Youth Summit: Global Health Committee
G200 Youth Summit: Global Health Committee
G200 Youth Summit:Shaping the Labour Market Committee
G200 Youth Summit:Shaping the Labour Market Committee
G200 Youth Summit:Shaping the Labour Market Committee
G200 Youth Summit: ‘From Consumer Society towards Value-based Society’ Committee
G200 Youth Summit: ‘From Consumer Society towards Value-based Society’ Committee
G200 Youth Summit: ‘From Consumer Society towards Value-based Society’ Committee
G200 Youth Summit:New Strategies for Financial Sector and World Economy Committee
G200 Youth Summit:New Strategies for Financial Sector and World Economy Committee
G200 Youth Summit:New Strategies for Financial Sector and World Economy Committee
G200 Youth Summit:Technological Challenges Committee
G200 Youth Summit:Technological Challenges Committee
G200 Youth Summit:Technological Challenges Committee
International Young Parliamentarians` Debate, Mr. Andy Rossel, Secretary General and Chair of the Debates
International Young Parliamentarians` Debate, Mr. Robert Housmans, Parliamentarian, Limburg Parliament, the Netherlands
International Young Parliamentarians` Debate, Mr. Mathieu Traversy, National Assembly of Quebec and Ms. Mariangela Celeste Portaluri, Regional Council of Apulia
International Young Parliamentarians` Debate, Mr. Robert de Wit, Provinciale Staten Groningen and Mr. Johan Nissinen, Swedish Parliament
International Young Parliamentarians` Debate
Parliamentarians` Family Photo
Workshop 2 ‘The Power Within You’ led by Ms. Nkandu Beltz
Workshop 2 – Team Building
Workshop 3 ‘Personal Resilience in Challenging Times’ led by Mr. Chris Skellett
Young Leaders at Workshop 3
Workshop 3 ‘Personal Resilience in Challenging Times’
Official Closing Ceremony, Ms. Sedzani Siaga, Moderator
Official Closing Ceremony, “call over” of the participating countries – “Spain Is Here!”
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Mr. Johan Ferreira, Student, University of Pretoria, South Africa - Head of Secretaries of the G200 Youth Summit
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Ms. Sarah Tresedder, Student, Michigan State University - Secretary General of the Global Health Committee
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Mr. Kane Versteeg, Student, Griffith University, Australia- Secretary General of the Shaping the Labour Market Committee
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Ms. Kathrin Harb, Student, Leiden University, the Netherlands- Secretary General of the ‘From Consumer Society towards Value-based Society’ Committee
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Ms. Jamie Crowe, Student, Griffith University, Australia- Secretary Generals of the New Strategies for Financial Sector and World Economy Committee
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Ms. Kisha McPherson, Head of Secretaries of the Conference Platform
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Ms. Sedzani Siaga, Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria, South Africa - Secretary General of the Round Table I: Economics and Finance
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Ms. Kiran Afsar, Student, University of Hertfordshire, the UK - Secretary General of the Round Table II: Law and Human Rights
G200 Youth Forum 2015 Official Closing Ceremony, Mr. Jagmeet Singh Bawa, Professor, Punjab Technical University - Secretary General of the Round Table III: World Politics and International Relations
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Mr. Thabang Letlabika, South Africa - Secretary General of the Round Table IV: Social Affairs and Medicine
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Mr. Hiroki Okachi, Bachelor, Student of Hokkaido University, Japan - Secretary General of the Round Table V: Ecology, Environment, and Energy
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Secretary general of the Round Table VI: Design, Technology, and Innovations - Mr. Colin Hamilton , Student at the University of Hertfordshire, UK
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Secretary General of the Round Table VII: Education and Youth Mr. Asaad Al Asaad, Director of Student Activity Center, Al Yamamah University, Saudi Arabia
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony, Secretary General – Mr. Andy Rossel, Parliamentarian, Limburg Parliament, the Netherlands
G200 Youth Forum 2016 Official Closing Ceremony. Some Presents from the G200 Association
President and Founder of the G200 Association Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova – Final Speech
Creating a Picture of the World of Tomorrow
Creating a Picture of the World of Tomorrow
Master Class from Ms. Ksenia Khoruzhnikova
Creating a Picture of the World of Tomorrow, Hidden Talents
Creating a Picture of the World of Tomorrow
Closing Gala Dinner and Bavarian Night
Closing Gala Dinner and Bavarian Night, Participants Wear Bavarian Dresses
Closing Gala Dinner and Bavarian Night, Alphorn Musicians Conduct Master Class
Closing Gala Dinner and Bavarian Night, Alphorn Master Class
Closing Gala Dinner and Bavarian Night, Dr. Hellmut Schmücker and Ms. Claudia Bill Conduct Dancing Master Class for Participants
Closing Gala Dinner, Dancing Master Class for Participants
Closing Gala Dinner, Dancing Master Class for Participants
Closing Gala Dinner, Dancing Master Class for Participants
Closing Gala Dinner ‘Zugspitzmusic’ Music Band
Closing Gala Dinner, Participants
Closing Gala Dinner, Mr. Chris Skellett and Ms. Sedzani Siaga
Closing Gala Dinner, Participants
Good Bye, Dear Participants! See You Next Year!

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Testimonials

Bongiwe Pricilla Mbinqo-Gigaba
Member of Parliament, South Africa
Bongiwe Pricilla Mbinqo-Gigaba

It’s a great opportunity for young parliamentarians all over the world to meet and share views of how to deal with issues in different places.

As a participant of G20 Youth Forum I’ve got information from others, what views, what people are doing, how best can we practice in our places and how we can improve our society.

It was a good experience and I think for next Forums it will be better to get more countries to share their ideas together.

Jenny Mikakos
Member of Parliament, Australia
Jenny Mikakos

I think the main purpose of the G20 Youth Forum is to bring together students, academics and young parliamentarians around the world to share ideas as to how we can make a better world. It is very important to have an understanding of the views of each social group fora successful policy.

It has been a very successful Forum. I wish to congratulate the organizers. I thought it was very interesting to be able to learn more from my colleagues at the International Young Parliamentarians’ Debate about the respective nations and native societies. We have decided many important questions and we will try to implement them in our countries.

Liv Holm Andersen
Member of Parliament, Denmark
Liv Holm Andersen

I expected to come here, to share a lot of ideas with representatives from parliaments and also from academic institutions. First of all I met some incredible people and second of all most importantly I got a lot of inspiration on my field which is social issues.

In our section we have very interesting papers and point of views. The greatest thing is to notice how really different systems and societies we representing. And at the same time we can agree on so many goals and aims for this world and for our countries to work on together. And that is very incredible, great.

I hope that Denmark will make really priority and send more not only MP but also representatives from local parliaments and more Universities because I think it’s a great opportunity to our young parliamentarians, youth and students to be inspired and to inspire others.

Maria Magdalena Matthys
Member of Parliament, South Africa
Maria Magdalena Matthys

I think it’s a very good cause for young people. In my vision the purpose of G20 Youth Forum is to encourage young people to learn and educate themselves, to unit them. I also think that it’s good opportunity for academics to come and share their experience. And also for young parliamentarians to be an example for the countries, they can encourage more youth, young people to participate in this program.

I talked about professionalism of women in South Africa and I’ve learnt a lot from other countries about agenda issues.

Alvin Botes
Member of the Executive Council, South Africa
Alvin Botes

One of the objective things of G20 Youth Forum is to insure a comprehension of network, to exchange intellectual and societal ideas among current youth leaders, formal youth leaders and those working on the youth agenda across the world.

One of my colleagues on the International Young Parliamentarians’ Debate presented me kangaroo – I’m from South Africa, I was in Russia and received an Australian kangaroo. It’s the exchange of ideas and network. So this little kangaroo symbolizes this.

It’s a good platform for intellectual debate and it should be held annually.

Bing Ren
Professor, Nankai University, China
Bing Ren

According to my understanding, G8 and G20 originally focused on the finances and economic issues. But through out of the years and particularly my personal participation this time I think the issue animation becomes broader than that. It is not only economy and finance, but social issues, environmental issues and arts, history. Very different areas comes together to discuss and make dialogue together.

I hope to involve myself in different kinds of platforms – I can speak out my opinion and suggestions – that makes my exchange here more meaningful.
I work in education, I pay attention to educating young people – so I find a lot of common problems around the world. That makes me inspired with the idea that we should participate in these meetings and thanks to G8 and G20 Alumni Association for inviting me hear.

And the other impressive thing is: I think G20 Youth Forum have made great efforts in organizing many people together and try to collect the ideas and also to make this activities more interesting and alive. That is also good impression for me.

Shinya Hanaoka
Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Shinya Hanaoka

When I go back to Japan I would like to inform about G20 Youth Forum other faculty members, also international division of our University. Then I will recommend some students from our faculty to join this Forum over the next two years.

Xinghua Liu
Assistant Professor, Nankai University, China
Xinghua Liu

This is very famous, impressive and huge youth forum, and also well organized. My first impression was that we can meet with different people from other countries. There are different cultures, different national dresses – for me it is good experience to meet new people from all over the world.

G20 Youth Forum is very good instrument for public all over the world in different countries to learn about G20, especially for the young leaders and youth elites in different countries. I think it will play very important role in the media, in the mobilization, press mobilization in different countries.

Hai Tao Huang
Lecturer of Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, China
Hai Tao Huang

Firstly, it’s very precious experience for me. I can meet people all around the world more than 60 countries. It’s very good opportunity to speak with them and to exchange ideas. And, secondly, communications is not enough – we can understand each other and then we can understand ideas of the whole world; especially I’m very happy to see that the future young leaders they gather together. This may be a good guarantee for the development of the world. They have fresh ideas – and this is very important.

Marçal Avelino Salazar Marques Mendes
Jurist, University of Minho, Portugal
Marçal Avelino Salazar Marques Mendes

The purpose of the Forum is very well constructed. I think it makes us like a prototype of government. It develops a capacity of communicating with people and with some ministers and with the government itself. It’s important for participants that they go home and make there some kind of experiments and be reasonable and capable to understand the solution to each country and for the whole world.

Connell Wise
Founder, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive, United States Youth Chamber of Commerce, USA
Connell Wise

In my understanding of the main purpose of G20 Youth Forum it is the international cooperation between different countries of the world to basically bring a global understanding how the leaders economic and financial crisis are facing in the world and how to avoid those crisises.

Meaghan Anne Williams
Teaching Assistant, Queen's University, Canada
Meaghan Anne Williams

The networking opportunity is incredible and it’s very encouraging to meet young people from all over the world who are interested to talk in same kinds of issues, answering the same kinds of problems, working together, collaborating. Not just making new friends but hopefully making new peers, colleagues to work in these issues in future.

The conference has been incredible for learning more about what the academic world can do to facilitate change in the real world. Sometimes academia is so theoretical that you lose sight of what is actually going on. But this conference has proved that there are a number of individual academics working to harmonize that view.

Melina Djulancic
J.D. Candidate, University of Manitoba, Canada
Melina Djulancic

It is the nice opportunity to get together with the young people from around the world. For me it’s important that people discussing their ideas. Our group was concentrating on the young entrepreneurships and all important things around this field. Basically entrepreneurship in schools is one of our recommendations and easier access to capital for businesses.

Abraham Johannes Swanepoel
Student, North-West University, South Africa
Abraham Johannes Swanepoel

Thinking that we are the future leaders of tomorrow G20 Youth Forum gives as an opportunity to start to get used to discuss things, used to live in them and exchanging points of view with other people.

I think it is awesome opportunity just to meet other people, get up different points of view from different countries. As I’m from South Africa and we are still developing country to get point of views that is from developed countries. It gives me lot of knowledge that you can take back to your country and try to employ it in your country system.

Aya Fujita
Student, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Aya Fujita

G20 Youth Forum is: A lot of people from international society build a partnership, leadership and friendship.

I got a lot of intellectual involvements, we discussed about health care, child care and women empowerment. Each country has different background and situation; it’s very great to know about what country has the same and which are different.

Fei Yang Qi
MA Student, University of Birmingham, UK
Fei Yang Qi

The main purpose of G20 Youth Forum is young leaders working together and think about how to push the world by the small steps.

I think there are a lot of benefits in participating in G20 Youth Forum, for example team work variety, especially to make others think about your points and change your views in discussions.

Floris Busscher
Student, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Floris Busscher

I think the main purpose at our level – at a Youth Summits and at a Conference, is to bring together young people with ideas, with creativities and with innovations. To bring together, to exchange ideas and maybe together come to enhance ideas to create a synergy between the creativity of young people. Opportunities is to meet always amazing young people which enhance your network in international level and also to be inspired by people from other countries and to increase and enhance your own prospective, how you see things in a multinational way with different cultures and different political system influencing its positions.

The most interesting moment is an Opening Ceremony – lovely discussion between people from all different kinds of fields, from different countries who exchange ideas on education which is of course the kind of thing that applies to all of us. So to see it and try to feel the G20 spirit on the ceremony was the highlight.

Italo Ribeiro Alves
Student, President of the International Business Society, Quinnipiac University, Brazil
Italo Ribeiro Alves

One on my career paths that I have been potentially exploring will be diplomacy. I believe that dialoging with young people from all other the world I can practice my cultural and communicational skills and learn how to debate and understand the social issues.

Lindsay Ann Markle
Student, Purdue University, USA
Lindsay Ann Markle

The purpose of the Forum is to exchange ideas between other countries. It’s such a unique opportunity because everyone here comes with an open mind and it’s really interesting learn about other cultures. It’s really a unique experience – I’m really glad I came here.

I expected to hear different prospectives about government’s role and society and it met my expectations.

Megan Eleri David
Student, Cardiff University, UK
Megan Eleri David

The main purpose of G20 Youth Forum is sort of empowering young people to feel like they can make a change.

I was a moderator on my committee. And I’m very proud of the document which we were working on. I had a team who I’m really excited about. We have three main ideas on our recommendation: one about child care, one about women’s empowerment in work places with an education and one about social security in developing countries.

Stefan Vasilev
Student, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Stefan Vasilev

Definitely the main purpose is to communicate with a lot of people, to exchange ideas with the experts in your field, and also to send a message about our ideas.

Governments always appreciate opinions from young people who are thinking out of the box. I hope they will appreciate our recommendations too.

Victoria Pilbeam
Student, Australian National University
Victoria Pilbeam

I think it’s really great to bring a lot of young people together to talk about important issues. It’s always a good idea. Mostly it's important to meet amazing people who really like to be engaged and are really passionate about different issues.

We looked on the questions: young women’s’ careers and family. We made some pretty concrete recommendations.

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