Can the Youth make Change in the Current Global Crises?

(Source: Y20 INDONESIA 2022)

Jakarta, IO – Since the founding of the youth oath (Sumpah Pemuda) on October 28, 1928, which was attended by adolescents from all across the archipelago, youth have made significant contributions to the struggle of the Indonesia’s independence. This is one of the pillars in achieving an independent and unified Indonesia. 

The G20, chaired this year by Indonesia, may be seen as a platform for partnership that attempts to guarantee the globe continues to work optimally, despite ongoing tensions between established powers such as the United States and the European Union and developing economic giants such as China and Russia. Recent international occurrences, however, have revived geopolitical tensions that may impact and present themselves within the G20 meetings, especially during COVID-19 Pandemic and the ongoing Ukraine Crisis. 

The Indonesia’s G20 this year, which is followed by a series of events, including Y20 activities. The Indonesian young, numbering 64 million people, are the key movers of Indonesia’s economy, politics, and social development, and they undoubtedly provide color to the advancement of global civilization. 

The Y20 Summit officially ended on Friday night (22/7) at Intercontinental Hotel, Bandung Dago Pakar, West Java. In the closing ceremony, the Co-Chair of Y20 Indonesia 2022, Rahayu Saraswati submitted a policy recommendation document (communiqué) to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) represented by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy. 

The communiqué that was accepted focuses on four major themes, including youth employment, digital transformation, a sustainable and livable planet, diversity, and inclusion—all of which are very important to young people. 

What is Y20? 

Youth 20 (Y20) is a formal platform for consultation where young people from all G20 members may converse. Young people are urged by Y20 to become future leaders who will increase knowledge of global concerns and engage in discussion, debate, negotiation, and consensus-building. 

The inaugural Y20 Conference took place in 2010, and each year the hosts are decided by the G20 Presidency. The Y20 White Paper introduction and kick-off meeting took place on February 19, 2022, while the Y20 implementation for this year commenced on January 17, 2022. Pre Summit 1 already took place on March 19 and 20, 2022, Pre Summit 2 on April 23 and 24, Pre Summit 3 on May 21 and 22, and Pre Summit 4 occurred on June 18 and 19, 2022. The last Y20 Summit happened on July 17 and 24, 2022. All these events took place In Palembang, West Nusa Tenggara, Balikpapan, and Manokwari. The main Y20 activities, meanwhile, took place in Jakarta and Bandung. 

Y20 typically takes place prior to the G20 and is attended by delegates made up of 5 (five) youth from G20 member nations as well as observers from other nations and international organizations. They will converse with one another, confer on multilateral concerns, and finally come at a solution that is reasonable, original, and inclusive of all parties throughout the meeting. As a means of communicating the opinions and recommendations of the young about the future of human life, the final findings will be presented to the leaders of nations attending the G20 in reports or bulletins. Indonesia’s Youth Diplomacy (IYD) served as the country’s representation at the Y20 summit.