Y20 inaugurated at Misk Foundation in Riyadh

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Updated 02 March 2020

Y20 inaugurated at Misk Foundation in Riyadh

Y20 inaugurated at Misk Foundation in Riyadh
  • The Y20 youth summit is a youth-led event that brings together young leaders from across G20 countries to discuss and debate the G20 agenda

RIYADH: The Y20 Youth Summit 2020 kicked off on Sunday with a launch event at the Misk Foundation in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter.

The Y20 is the only officially recognized platform for young people to engage with the G20, and the most influential international diplomatic forum for young leaders.
The Misk Foundation is chairing the Y20 in partnership with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
The first working meeting will be held at the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York City on April 1-2, the second at the VIVATECH conference in Paris on June 11-12, and the third at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Jakarta on July 7-8, before the Y20 Youth Summit itself, which will be held in Riyadh from Oct. 10 to 18.
Saudi Arabia’s Y20 sherpa and initiatives manager at Misk Foundation, Sarah Alkhedheiri, started the event by introducing Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, for a fireside chat with the young people in the audience.

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The first working meeting will be held at the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York City on April 1-2, the second at the VIVATECH conference in Paris on June 11-12, and the third at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Jakarta on July 7-8, before the Y20 Youth Summit 2020 itself, which will be held in Riyadh from Oct. 10 to 18.

Fore highlighted some of the biggest issues that the young were facing today, in particular the problems of climate change and mental health.
She also talked about what UNICEF was doing to engage today’s youth and provide more jobs for them.
“At UNICEF, we’re trying to think about how our programs are structured. We would love to see more young people working with us. It’s a different way of thinking, but if we think it together, we’ll get there,” she said.

Saudi Arabia’s G20 sherpa, Fahd Al-Mubarak, who was one of the event’s keynote speakers, told the audience that the G20 leaders were working hard on the agenda.
“In Saudi Arabia, we are proud, privileged and humbled that we are leading the most important world economic forum, the G20. Therefore, since we started we have to decide what the priorities are that we want to address,” he said.
He stressed the importance of youth in society and stated that the G20 leaders wanted to hear from them.
“We in the G20 look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. We could not find a better team,” he added.
Saudi Arabia’s Y20 chair, Othman Almoamar, welcomed the audience to “the coolest of the G20 groups” and spoke about the organizers’ research efforts, their objectives and outlined the process of preparing for the summit.
“This is what we’re giving as a gift today to the future Y20,” he said.
The Y20 youth summit is a youth-led event that brings together young leaders from across G20 countries to discuss and debate the G20 agenda.
The core objectives of the Y20 are to deliver the voice of the young to the G20, to include the younger generation in the G20 countries and beyond, and to increase sustainability, knowledge sharing and collaboration.


Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Updated 02 December 2020

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators
  • Results ranked Kingdom ahead of five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s progress has led to the Kingdom ranking first among G20 nations for safety, outperforming the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC), international safety indicators showed on Wednesday.

The results were revealed through five security indicators included in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 (SDG Index 2020).

The SDG index ranked the Kingdom first among G20 nations, and ahead of the five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France — in the percentage of population who feel safe walking alone at night. Saudi Arabia also performed better than Canada within the G20 countries.

Saudi Arabia also ranked first in the reliability of police services index; an indicator which measures public confidence in law enforcement and its success in achieving order and safety. The Kingdom topped the G20, and surpassed the five permanent UNSC members in this index as well.

The Kingdom also outperformed the five UNSC countries in an index measuring the effectiveness of combating organized crime, as stated by the Global Competitiveness Report 2019. Saudi Arabia came in second in the same index among G20 nations.

The Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum also showed that the Kingdom advanced three positions, now ranking 36 globally in international competitiveness.

The report pointed out the Kingdom’s energetic steps forward to diversify its economy, with expectations of growth in the non-oil sector. The report also discussed the emergence of more investments outside the mining industry within the public and private sectors in the next few years.

The report commended the Kingdom's strong determination to undertake structural reforms, its widespread adoption of communication technology, and its high potential for innovation, especially in terms of patent registration.