Youth7 Delegates presented their policy recommendations to Germany’s Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the Youth7 Summit in Berlin today. The Y7 Summit marks the high point of the youth policy dialogue known as Youth7 and forms part of the G7’s dialogue with civil society. A platform for the voice of the young generation, it ensures that their policy recommendations and proposed solutions are incorporated into multilateral cooperation under the G7. Delegates from 11 countries began debating a number of priority themes and drawing up recommendations in March.
Ahead of the Y7 Summit, Chancellor Olaf Scholz underlined, “All of the decisions taken by the G7 touch upon what kind of a world we will be living in tomorrow. On this, we need to hear the voice of the young generation loud and clear. I am impressed to see the level of commitment displayed during the Youth7 process! Thank you.”
Core recommendations of the Youth7 Communiqué:
- Inclusive, diverse and barrier-free youth participation worldwide;
- Support for the German Presidency’s initiative to create a Climate Club, including an unequivocal commitment to the 1.5° targets;
- More and better qualifications and skills to benefit socio-economic transformation, and science-informed policymaking;
- Long-term strengthened communication and participation processes between civil society and policymakers at all levels of society;
- Stronger resilient structures and capacities post-pandemic, especially in youth-relevant fields and in regard to young people’s mental health;
- Recognition of young people’s contribution to peace and security and concrete measures to help implement the United Nations’ resolutions on Youth, Peace and Security at the national and international level.