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G20 Youth Forum Update

G20 Youth Forum held in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany; our students.

Four Centennial College students have been selected to join a Canadian youth delegation participating in the G20 Youth Forum being held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany from May 7 to 11. The Forum is an international project that brings together 200 of the best students in the fields of international relations, economics, finance and law who are eligible to become young heads of state or ministers in the national youth delegations at the Forum.

Centennial College Paralegal student Amanda Ashley Hooper is a women’s empowerment ambassador who will be presenting her social action proposal examining the root causes of violence perpetrated against women. Melissa Airall and Janice Grant from Centennial’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture will be engaging in panel discussions regarding food security and employment conditions for young people. Souphaphone Souphommanychanh is already in Germany, completing the final semester of her International Business program as part of an exchange program between Centennial and Reutlingen University. With her observer status, she will listen in on panel discussions involving youth leaders, leading politicians and prominent business people.

The purpose of the G20 Youth Forum is three-fold: to involve young leaders from all over the globe in resolving the more pressing economic and social problems of the moment, to establish an intercultural dialogue, and to build business partnerships and friendships. Conference round-table discussions will be themed around economy and finance, law and human rights, international relations, social policy and medicine, the environment, technology, education and the humanities. All sessions are conducted in English.

The Official Closing Ceremony of the G20 Youth Forum 2014 was held in the Congress Centre on May 10. Ceremony participants presented the final results, summing up their three days of work by addressing the following questions: How to avoid economic crises and deal with hunger and unemployment? How to protect human rights? How to live together in peace? What will the future look like? The discussions were neatly summarized in the final report click here to see the final report

The G20 itself is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s 20 major economies, which together account for 85 per cent of the gross world product, 80 per cent of world trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. The G20 has a strong Canadian connection: former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin proposed the G20 in 1999 as a forum for cooperation and consultation on matters related to the international financial system.

By Resham Karfa