In May 2018, a group of six young Canadians came together from around the world to serve as Ambassadors of the Young Diplomats of Canada to the OECD Forum 2018 in Paris. The Youth Delegation met with high-level leaders and thinkers from around the globe, to discuss what the future will look like for youth and to reflect on what brings us together.
“We are facing challenges that none of us can solve on their own. Our countries are connected, our destinies interwoven, our solutions entangled. In the words of Dostoyevsky – we are all responsible to all, for all. So welcome to the OECD 2018 Forum. Welcome to explore the DNA and the potential for collective action.” said José Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD, during his opening remarks at the OECD Forum 2018.
“But it is also time to ask ourselves, why these pushbacks? Why these antibodies to our common cause are emerging? It is time to recognize that something is not working when the world’s richest 1% accumulate half of the world’s wealth. When more than 60% of the world’s employed work informally. When the richest 10% of the OECD population now earn 10 times more than the poorest 10%. It’s going in the wrong direction, fast.” Mr. Gurría continued.
While reflecting on the complexity of shaping policy in a post-truth world and identifying opportunities for civic engagement and co-creation with citizens, the 2018 Forum focused on addressing three key issues: International Co-operation, Inclusive Growth, Digitalisation.
Today, the Young Diplomats of Canada Delegation explore the conference themes and their implications for youth in Canada. In particular, the Delegates unpack rich Forum discussions on topics including trade, democracy and voting, housing inequality, digitization, and skills for the future of work.
Two representatives from the New Zealand Youth Delegation to the OECD Forum joined the Canadian Delegation in studio to discuss bilateral meetings had throughout the week with various high-level leaders, such as Helen Clark – the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, representatives from Etalab in the French Prime Minister’s Office, Rob Nail – CEO and Associate Founder of Singularity University, representatives from the Canadian Permanent Delegation to the OECD and more.
The Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is a federally incorporated non-profit, non-partisan, and youth-led organization. YDC develops the diplomatic leadership and international advocacy experience of young Canadians, through hands-on training programs and key partnerships that give delegates exclusive access to high-level geopolitical events and summits. YDC’s main focus is to create inclusive decision-making at the highest levels through carving space for young leaders to engage directly with global decision makers. You can visit YDC’s website youngdiplomats.ca for the latest information on recruitment, articles as well as reports on their activities.
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The Young Diplomats of Canada Delegation to the OECD Forum 2018, Hosts, Producers and Technical Producers
- Tatheer Ali – Head Delegate
- Celine Caira – Producer and Head Communications
- Matthias Leuprecht – Ambassador
- Adèle Bélanger-McMurdo – Ambassador
- Sarah Bérubé – Ambassador
- Garima Karia – Ambassador
Guests (in order of appearance):
- Chhavi Breja – New Zealand Youth Delegation to the OECD Forum 2018
- Bhavya Dhar – New Zealand Youth Delegation to the OECD Forum 2018
- Helen Clark – 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Rob Nail – CEO and Associate Founder of Singularity University
- Niels Braley – Etalab, Office of the French Prime Minister
- Amélie Banzet – Etalab, Office of the French Prime Minister
- Nicolas Vogtenberger – Etalab, Office of the French Prime Minister
- Dr. Clement Dherbecourt, France Stratégie
- Darren Rogers – Counsellor, Canadian Permanent Delegation to the OECD
- Change The Sheets by Kathleen Edwards
- Entrepreneurs by Scott Holmes
- Carry Me Home by Hey Rosetta!
- Carried Away by Passion Pit
- Breathe In Breathe Out by The Long War
- Juice by Chromeo
Dimitri Treheles and Nuri Kim, Executive Producers
Ian Thomson – Executive Producer Emeritus