These youths are the owners of the future. What they will say later needs to be seriously considered by the leaders
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan highlighted four strategic issues at the Youth/Y20 Meeting, part of the Group of 20 (G20), an international forum comprising 19 countries and the EU, with Indonesia holding this year's presidency.

"These youths are the owners of the future. What they will say later needs to be seriously considered by the leaders," Baswedan stated at a virtual press conference related to Y20 here on Saturday.

According to the governor, four issues that could be discussed at the Y20 meeting comprised digital transformation, sustainable development, and a livable planet.

The third matter pertained to the future of the workforce while the last was to build unity in diversity.

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Baswedan noted that the issues are relevant to the youth and Jakarta, which is currently a diverse city from a sociological and economic perspective.

"In this city, there are many activities that can serve as examples of Indonesia's contribution to the world in issues that concern young people," the governor noted.

He affirmed that DKI Jakarta is ready to support global youth activities in terms of finance and resources. The provincial government of DKI Jakarta provided budgetary support of Rp2.7 billion for the implementation of Y20.

The former minister of education and culture is optimistic that results of the Y20 meeting will be included in a communique or agreement that will be brought to a higher forum, to the leaders of the G20.

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The G20 high-level meeting will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, in November 2022. Meanwhile, the Y20 meeting will be held in DKI Jakarta and Bandung and will be held on July 17-24, 2022.

One of the Y20 Co-Chairs, Nurul H. Ummah, explained that this year's meeting discussed four priority issues that were not much different from those proposed by Baswedan.

The priority issues are related to employment, digital transformation, sustainability and diversity and inclusion.

Apart from meetings and discussions, Y20's activities in Jakarta will also encompass field visits, including visiting the Thousand Islands, the Old City, and the Istiqlal Mosque as well as the Cathedral Church.

"We want to showcase the diversity in Jakarta and how it aligns with the development in Jakarta and Indonesia," Y20 Co-Chair Michael Victor Sianipar stated.

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Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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