Jakarta (ANTARA) - Policymakers and practitioners on a high-level panel which was held at the 4th Pre-Summit Y20 in Manokwari, West Papua, encourage young people to participate in Indonesia's G20 presidency.

"The president is looking for tangible deliverables in the form of projects and initiatives. Young people can play an essential role as a catalyst for action for G20 leaders in this situation," said G20 Indonesia Co-Sherpa Dian Triansyah Djani on the panel discussion, as quoted by Antara, Sunday.

Djani expressed the government's hope that the G20 Presidency will yield concrete results, including ensuring an inclusive recovery from the pandemic. Hence, he encouraged young people to participate by expressing their ideas to initiate programs and collaborations.

"The Y20 White Paper addresses four priority issues, including diversity and inclusion. The question is how to translate it into concrete programs and projects," said Djani, who is also Special Staff for Priority Programs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, whose ministry leads the G20 Tourism Working Group (TWG), said that his ministry is open to working with young people in supporting Indonesian tourism. It is because 55 percent of Indonesian's population are millenials and Gen Z.

"If we want to be relevant at TWG, we need to engage with young thinkers who are very progressive, creative, and innovative to provide input and ideas. We need to adapt, innovate, collaborate so that we can recover together, recover stronger, and recover better," the minister said.

Meanwhile, Deputy V of the Presidential Staff Office Jaleswari Pramodhawardani shared her thoughts on how young delegates in Y20 can ensure that policy recommendations they produce are not only actionable but also based on human rights principles.

She believes that young people need to understand unity, justice, and the principles of human rights protection. Hence, Pramodhawardani encouraged young people to provide constructive criticism and consistently advocated for human rights protection.

"I encourage young people to submit recommendations and criticisms supported by thorough analysis. Constructive criticism is not only part of the democratic process, but it also serves as a reminder to the government to continue working toward the nation's welfare of the country," she explained.

In the meantime, Youth 20 (Y20) is an official consultation forum for youth from all G20 member countries to be able to dialogue with each other. Y20 encourages young people as future leaders to raise awareness of global issues, to exchange ideas, argue, negotiate, and reach consensus.

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