Innovative Proposals for the G20 Summit
This week, Atlantic Community will turn its attention to the G8 and G20 summits. Every day, we will publish policy papers written by members of the German Delegation to the Y8 and Y20 summits, the official G8 and G20 youth events. By commenting on their ideas, you have the unique chance to influence the positions of the German Delegation and the Final Communiqué, which will be presented to the real heads of state of all G20 and G8 countries.
Since 2006, delegations from the G8 and G20 countries have convened annually to provide world leaders with a youth perspective onto current global challenges. The national delegations (age 18-29) discuss a broad range of relevant topics based on their own agenda. Instead of simulating existing positions, their key objective is to come up with innovative solutions to global challenges.
In Germany the youth NGO Policy Innovation e.V. selects and prepares the German Delegation to the Y8 and Y20 Summits. As part of this preparatory process, the youth cabinet has been tasked with formulating one paper each on a subject of their choice. The ideas they produce will serve as their contribution to the Final Communiqué, to be produced at the London (Y8) and St. Petersburg (Y20) Summits in June 2013.
Atlantic Community is giving you the chance to help shape their ideas. Articles written by all eight members of the German delegation will be published throughout the week, as follows:
- Mattia Nelles, Head of State, puts forward his views on how the transatlantic community should prepare for a post-Assad Syria.
- Martin Hinkens, Minister of Foreign Affairs, argues that governments must make a greater effort to inform their publics of the progress made in Afghanistan.
- Mirko Woitzik, Minister of Defense, sets out proposals on how to ensure respect for international public law and human rights standards in the employment of drones.
- Mina Saidze, Minister of Development, provides three key steps that must be taken to guard against the exploitation in low-wage countries.
- Lea Kliem, Minister of Environment, makes the case for an international agreement aimed at phasing-out plastic production.
- Michael Borsky, Minister of Economics, sets out his vision for a new global trade agreement.
- Irene Adamski, Y8 Sherpa and member of the Y20 Finance Panel, puts forward a proposal for a long-term overhaul of the global financial system.
- Alma Laiadhi, Minister of Justice, argues for the implementation of three different policies aimed at closing the gender gap.
We encourage all of our members to get involved through commenting on these articles, discussing the ideas put forward, and contributing new ones. Your feedback will help to develop and refine the policies pursued by the German Delegation to the Y8 and Y20 and, in turn, help to shape the ideas which are ultimately submitted to the real G8 and G20 leaders, such as David Cameron and Vladimir Putin. In short, this is your chance to influence transatlantic leaders, so make sure you get involved! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This theme week is a joint project between the Atlantic Community and Policy Innovation e.V. For more information regarding the Y8 and Y20 Summits as well as on the German Delegation, please visit: www.policy-innovation.org or contact email@example.com.
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