MARCH 30, 2020 Christina Kanmaz

Washington, DC – The delegates of the 2020 Y7 Summit, the youth summit which accompanies the G7 Summit, have released their first policy statement calling on the leaders of the G7 countries for a stronger, more coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement, which will be presented to G7 leaders, urges world leaders to consider the unique interruptions to education and employment that the world’s 1 billion young people are facing as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis and calls on them to acknowledge the potential of youth to mitigate the long-term consequences of the pandemic.

The 2020 Y7 Summit has been transitioned to an all-virtual event due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally scheduled to bring together delegates from each of the G7 countries and the European Union to take place on June 1-5 in Washington, DC.

Aubrey Cox, the Executive Director of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), the organizing institution for the Y7 Summit, issued the following statement:

“For 15 years, YPFP has been the go-to organization for the professional development of emerging leaders in the foreign policy field. We are proud to be the organizing institution for the 2020 Y7 Summit and believe strongly in the principles laid out in this statement. We look forward to working with the White House and U.S. Department of State to convene the Y7 Summit and facilitate the communication between over 150 emerging young leaders and opinion shapers and G7 leaders on the global COVID-19 response and other meaningful policy issues.”

The statement, which lays out six principles demanding G7 leaders consider in regards to their COVID-19 response, can be viewed here:

About Y7 Summit: The Y7 Summit convenes emerging foreign policy youth leaders to discuss current global economic, political, social, and security issues. Since 2011, the Y7 has remained the official channel of communication between young people and G7 leaders. The Summit brings together young opinion shapers and established policy and business leaders for meaningful dialogue.

About YPFP ( YPFP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to building the leaders the world needs. Headquartered in Washington, DC with locations in New York City, Brussels, and London, the YPFP community consists of over 20,000 rising leaders from 80 countries.