Youth Dialogue for the G7
As part of the civil society engagement, Youth7 is the voice of the young generation towards the Group of Seven (G7). Y7 accompanies the multilateral cooperation with its own policy recommendations and proposals for solutions to current global challenges. Germany welcomes youth delegates to Berlin on 16-20, May 2022 under its Presidency of the G7.
Youth7 are an integral part of the civil society engagement of the G7, hosting a youth dialogue and participation process. Y7 convenes youth delegates from across the G7 member states and the European Union as well as partner countries. Together, young people discuss the current agenda of the G7, the Presidency programme and their own priorities. They develop answers and proposals for solutions to global challenges of today and tomorrow and bring their perspective forward to the G7 Leaders.
In addition to the youth dialogue, six other engagement processes with civil society representatives are underway: Business7, Civil7, Labour7, Science7, Think7 and Women7. Youth7 is regular exchanges with these engagement groups and cooperates closely to advocate on behalf of their shared concerns.
The Y7 Summit will be the highlight event of the youth dialogue under the German G7 Presidency and is set to take place in Berlin on 16-20 May, 2022. Starting as of March, the youth delegates will work together on current challenges and develop policy recommendations in four priority areas:
At the Y7 Summit, youth delegates will debate systemic challenges, develop policy recommendations and adopt a joint Communiqué.
Their calls to action are addressed towards the G7 Leaders, who are asked to take the young voices of the Y7 into consideration, when convening for the G7 Summit in June 2022. The Communiqué will be handed over to the German Presidency of the G7.
The youth dialogue is shaped and led by young people themselves. Carolina Claus and Benjamin Günther co-chair the Y7 Summit and are supported by eight volunteer coordinators (so-called Track Sherpas). Each G7 member as well as the European Union as an observer, are invited to send a delegation of four youth delegates.
The Y7 Summit and its participation process are coordinated by the following partners:
IJAB – International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany has been mandated to coordinate the Y7 process under the German G7 Presidency. We are most honoured to deliver a success on this exciting process for and with the youth delegations.
The German National Committee for Youth Work (DNK) is the coordinating body for European and international youth work in Germany, representing the German Federal Youth Association, the German Sports Youth and the Ring of Political Youth. The DNK team provide valuable experience in youth participation processes and will lead the work on policy recommendations throughout the entire process.
Further, we are delighted about the support of the Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions (BAFzA), contributing on all organisational tasks.