On October 15-17, 2020, the first-ever virtual G20 (Group of Twenty) Youth 20 (Y20) Summit was virtually hosted from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia for exchanging ideas and dialogues for the empowerment of youth Post COVID where Indian side was represented by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS).
- The theme of the Summit was “Government – Youth dialogue on post-COVID-19 opportunities”.
- The Summit concluded with the drafting of the Y20 Communique under the three overarching priority areas viz. Future Fit; Youth Empowerment; and Global Citizenship. Click Here for Official Communique
- Notably, the year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Y20 as the official G20 youth engagement group.
–Indian side emphasized on galvanizing the youth to take on the challenges set forth by the worldwide COVID 19 Pandemic.
–India proactively engaged its youth during the COVID pandemic with more than 6.5 million youth volunteers of MYAS working in the frontline to create awareness among the masses.
About Youth 20 (Y20) Summit:
Y20 is a forum for developing cooperation with the future generation, and provides a platform for young people to have their voices heard on issues relevant to the G20 agenda.
Senator Matteo Renzi, former Prime Minister of Italy, Dr. Flavio Siniscalchi, Head of the Department of Youth Policies and Universal Civic Service, Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Italy), Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore).
Recent Related News:
i.On September 3, 2020, Saudi Arabia hosted the virtual G20 Foreign Ministers’ Extraordinary Meeting from Riyadh (Capital of Saudi Arabia) under the chairmanship of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al- Saud where Indian side was represented by Union Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
ii.On September 22, 2020, the virtual G-20 Trade and Investment Ministers under the Saudi Arabia Presidency was held where India was represented by Union Commerce and Industry & Railways Minister, Piyush Vedprakash Goyal.
About G-20 or Group of Twenty:
Composition– 19 countries and the European Union (EU) The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.
2020 Presidency– Saudi Arabia
2020 theme– Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All
Chairman– Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020)