Y20 Australia

10 January 2014

What is Y20 Australia?

The Y20’s vision for 2014 is to influence the present and to shape the future. This year’s key themes are:

  • Growth and job creation
  • Global citizenship
  • Sustainable development

The Y20 provides a platform for young people among G20 members to communicate with world leaders about the issues that are important to young people - both raising concerns and proposing solutions.

The Y20 is more than just a single event in a G20 year; it is a year-long exercise to build the capacity of G20 youth to understand and contribute to the G20’s agenda. More importantly it provides a framework for G20 youth to take ownership of the solutions they generate and to be accountable for actioning these solutions.

Y20 is being held in Sydney, Australia 12-15 July 2014. For more information please visit http://y20australia.com/

Apply to be one of the New Zealand delegates

You can apply online now. You will be required to answer the following questions as part of your application.

  • Why would you like to participate in the Y20 Australia 2014 Summit? (200 words max)
  • How would you consult with young people to ensure you took a wide range of views and opinions of young people with you to the summit? (200 words max)
  • How would you share your learnings and experiences after the Summit? (200 words max)
  • Please discuss the relevance of the G20 to young people globally and what outcomes you would hope to see from the Y20 in 2014, including what issues you would like to focus on (300 words).

Please note that applications close at 5pm on Monday 27 January.

Role of the Delegate

  • Engage with other delegates from your country to host and run a national consultation to represent the views of young people in your country
  • Liaise with your country’s Head Delegate to contribute to pre-summit discussion with delegates from other countries in the period prior to the Summit
  • Contribute to policy recommendations for G20 leaders on behalf of G20 youth
  • Generate wider community understanding and recognition of the work of the Y20 and the G20
  • Participate actively in the Y20 Summit
  • Follow up on policy recommendations and action plans coming out of the Y20 Summit and wider consultations.


The Australian Government will cover costs while in Australia, including; food, accommodation and internal travel.

The successful applicant must pay for their travel to and from Sydney, Australia, demonstrate they have travel insurance and meet their own requirements for personal spending money.

What is the G20?

The Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) is a group of world leaders from 20 major economies: 19 independent nations plus the European Union.G20 studies, reviews, and promotes high-level discussion of policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability, and seeks to address issues that go beyond the responsibilities of individual organisations.The G20 Summits of heads of states or government meet regularly to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy, reform international financial institutions, improve financial regulation, and discuss the key economic reforms needed in each of the member countries.The 2014 Summit will focus on key economic issues and leaders will discuss a range of global economic issues and to use their collective power to improve nation’s livelihoods.The finding from the 2014 Y20 Youth Summit will be presented to the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia.

For more information on G20 please visit http://www.g20.org/

Participating Countries

G20 Countries (5 participants each)

Invited Guest Nations (2 participants each)

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • European Union
  • Myanmar
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Head of African Union