Blog: G20 Youth Summit briefings in Canberra with Global Voices
I am really excited to share that I have been selected by Global Voices to attend the Y20 Turkey 2015 Summit in Istanbul in August.
I will join three other young Australians who will make up the Global Voices Y20 Turkey 2015 Australian Youth Delegation and receive a fully funded scholarship to attend.
The Group of Twenty (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was initially established in 1999 to connect leading industrial and developing economies to discuss key issues that are affecting the global economy. The first Leaders’ Summit was held in Washington in November 2008.
The Youth 20 (Y20) is a youth summit that brings together young people from the G20 countries to discuss issues closely related to the topics of the G20 Leaders’ Summit. The agenda of this year’s Y20 will be developed by participants in advance during preliminary talks on the Y20 website. The major result of the Summit will be adoption of the Final Communiqué, which will be presented to the G20 leaders in November 2015.
Attending this forum will allow me to put my skills and knowledge of economics and development into practice.
I recently returned from preparatory activities Canberra, where we met with the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP; Shadow Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP and Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne as well as the Shadow Minister for Finance, the Hon Tony Burke MP; Minister for Defence, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Dr. Andrew Leigh.
I am currently completing a research Fellowship with Global Voices as part of my experience. This will include the production of a paper on an aspect related to the forum’s agenda to be published by Global Voices.
Global Voices CEO, Amy Coetzee said: “This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for Erin”
Established in 2011, Global Voices is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy both at home and abroad. It does this through regular events and research & development opportunities at home, along with the coordination of youth delegations to important diplomatic forums abroad.
See more photos from the Canberra briefings on the Global Voices Facebook page.