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About the Y7 Summit

In this ever-changing political and international climate, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) believes the next generation of foreign policy leaders must have the skills, resources, and relationships to work across divides and address enduring global challenges.

The Y7 Summit convenes emerging foreign policy youth leaders to discuss current global economic, political, social, and security issues. This unique gathering of emerging global leaders happens in the United States only once every seven years. The Summit will bring together young opinion shapers, aged 22-30, and established policy and business leaders for meaningful dialogue. YPFP will partner with the U.S. Department of State and the White House to convene the G7 Youth Summit, the Y7, which accompanies the 2020 G7 Summit. The thematic policy tracks will mirror the G7 policy tracks and are likely to include Technology and Artificial Intelligence, Global Connectivity and Trade, Peace and Security, Education and Jobs, Cryptocurrency, Cyber, Diversity and Inclusion in Policy Making, Space, Energy.

During the Y7 Summit, delegates will jointly develop policy White Papers. These White Papers will provide concrete recommendations to address critical global issues. Immediately following the Summit, delegates will deliver the Y7 recommendations to policy makers, business leaders, civic leaders, and youth leaders in their home countries for consideration and potential implementation.

2020 Y7 Summit

150+ Emerging Leaders and International Opinion Shapers

4 Days of Policy Deliberations

4 Policy White Papers

1 Communique Presented to G7 Leaders

Y7 Summit Background Information

In 2011, France’s President Sarkozy resided over the first-ever G7 Youth Summit. The summit was held in Paris immediately following the G7 Deauville Summit and convened 140 youth delegates from all around the world. Youth delegates negotiated and delivered the first-ever youth-led policy communique that aimed to inform discussions between the G8 Heads of State and Governments. Since 2011, the Y7 has remained the official channel of communication between young people and G7 leaders. Since 2018, YPFP has led the delegate selection process for American participation in the Y7 and Y20. Through competitive application processes, YPFP selected delegates to represent the voice of America’s youth at the Y7 and Y20 Summits held in Canada, France, and Japan.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

In 2020, YPFP will serve as the organizing institution for the Y7 Summit to be held in the United States of America. For 15 years, YPFP has been the go-to organization for the professional development of emerging leaders in the foreign policy field and has provided experiences for members to develop new skills, build stronger networks, and enhance their career trajectory. YPFP stands ready to deliver on its mission to build the leaders the world needs when our nation and the world needs balanced and thoughtful leadership more than ever. YPFP operates through eight hubs across six countries and maintains an online and in-person community of more than 32,000 emerging leaders in foreign policy.

In 2019 alone, YPFP:

● Trained 17 fellows who then published more than 80 articles in outlets like The Diplomat, Common Dreams, and Wired.
● Convened more than 200 events worldwide.
● Published 112 articles in YPFP’s online journal, Charged Affairs.
● Circulated hundreds of newsletters.
● Reinvigorated 19 discussion groups in DC.
● Established a peer-to-peer Advisors Program in our Brussels chapter.
● Sponsored 13 YPFP delegates to participate in the UAE Study Tour.
● Sponsored 6 Y7 and Y20 delegates in Paris and Tokyo.

For questions about YPFP or the Y7 Summit, please contact youthsummits@ypfp.org.