The 50th anniversary of the Group of Seven (G7) in 2024 marks a significant milestone in the evolution of international cooperation and economic collaboration. Established in the 1970s, the G7 has grown into a vital forum, bringing together the world’s major industrialized nations to address global challenges and foster economic stability. Over the past five decades, the G7 has played a pivotal role in shaping policies that impact the world economy, trade, and international relations. Its journey reflects the ability of nations to come together in the spirit of cooperation, transcending geopolitical differences for the greater good. As we celebrate this golden anniversary, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the achievements of the past and look forward to a future where the G7 continues to adapt, innovate, and lead in addressing the pressing issues of our time, from climate change to economic resilience, charting a course for a more sustainable and interconnected world. At the forefront of this growth and innovation of the Youth 7, which is the official youth forum for debate and policy proposals for the G7.

Meet the Delegates

This year, YEL has had the honor of selecting four delegates to represent the European Union. The conference is set to take place in Rome from May 20th-24th and will cover a wide range of issues that are of pertinence to the world’s most powerful industrialized democracies. Selected from all over Europe, our representatives express the will of the next generation to face and surpass the challenges we currently face, and to improve the world for the better. Our delegates for 2024 are: 

  1. Augusto Gonzalez (Spain) – Head Delegate / New Skills, Entrepreneurship and the Future of Work

  2. Karolina Hájková (Czechia) – Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change

  3. Milko Penev (Bulgaria) – Innovation and Digital Transformation 

  4. Kira Schrödel (Germany) – Inclusion and Equal Opportunities

What Comes Next?

Over the next few months, our EU delegation will meet with their counterparts from the United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada for bilateral and multilateral talks. All delegates will also form part of specialty training offered under the guise of the Young Ambassador Society’s (YAS) Global Youth Leaders Program (GYL). This aims to connect the delegates from all Youth 7 delegations together with key policy makers in Italy and abroad who will help provide vital institutional support during the negotiation process. Our YEL delegates will also receive training from our delegations and communications team to ensure that they are prepared for the summit in May. 

During these months of training and negotiating, the delegates will work together on a joint communique that will then be presented to the host nation’s government as a joint youth proposal for what countries can do to be responsive to the needs of youth. We congratulate our delegates on their hard work in achieving such an honor and we look forward to all the results of the many months of work that lay ahead.