Apply to be a Canadian Delegate to the 2014 Y20 Summit in Sydney, Australia

Apply to be a Canadian Delegate to the 2014 Y20 Summit in Sydney, Australia

Deadline: January 26, 2014

Every year, the Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC ) recruits students and young professionals to represent Canada at the annual Summit, whose location is in the country where the real G8 or G20 Summit takes place. YDC is looking for five representatives to form the Canadian delegation. The Canadian delegation will consist of one leader, and four specialists with strong and sophisticated knowledge in the proposed agenda topics. The 2014 Y20 Summit will be held in Sydney, Australia from July 12 – 15, 2014.

About YDC

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC)? YDC is a federally incorporated Canadian non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young Canadian leaders in diplomacy and meaningful dialogue at an international level, through access to hands-on global initiatives.

The leader is responsible for the delegation coordination, and inter-ministerial communication before and throughout the summit. Each specialist engages in negotiations, representing the views of young people in Canada. They will contribute to policy recommendations for G20 leaders on behalf of youth, and follow up on policy recommendations and action plans coming out of the Y20 Summit and wider consultations.

Participation Fees: There are no participation fees. The Australian Government will cover up to five nights accommodation, meals, and airport transfers for all official Y20 Summit delegates. Delegates are responsible for their international travel, transit costs, and travel insurance.

About the G20 Event

The Y8 & Y20 summits are premier international youth conferences that bring together young leaders representing the Group of Eight (G8) and Group of Twenty (G20) nations to devise innovative policy solutions while addressing pressing international issues. Unlike Model United Nations and other similar events, the Y8 & Y20 Summits are not simply a re-enactment or simulation. Rather, it is a forum that allows young people the freedom to express original thought and ingenuity. These solutions, in the form of an official communiqué, are then presented to real world leaders and policymakers.

Australia invites delegations from all the G20 countries to engage in policy discussions on the most pressing global challenges, and generate innovative solutions which will be presented to the G20 Leaders Summit for consideration in their discussions. The topics being discussed at the Y20 Summit are:

  1. Growth and Jobs Creation
  2. Global Citizenship
  3. Sustainable Development


To be a Canadian delegate, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or attend/have attended a Canadian educational institution at the post-secondary level,
  • be a current post-secondary student, 2nd year CEGEP student or recent post-secondary graduate – note: you are not required to be enrolled in post-secondary to apply,
  • be between the ages of 18 to 30.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged on an individual basis. Successful applicants will generally display the following:

  • Teamwork and Leadership Experience
  • Interest/Expertise in Global Issues
  • Communication Skills
  • International Experience and Cultural Sensitivity
  • Unique Backgrounds
  • Students with disabilities, of visible minority and with backgrounds in science, engineering and so forth are encouraged to apply

Find the information pack here.

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