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15.09.2017

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At the G20 Summit in Hamburg in July 2017, the G20 Heads of State and Government launched the “G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment”, acknowledging this topic as a key issue the G20 must address and committing to intensifying their efforts, especially in Africa. What is the process behind it, and what was concluded?

At the G20 Summit in Hamburg in July 2017, the G20 Heads of State and Government launched the “G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment”, acknowledging this topic as a key issue the G20 must address and committing to intensifying their efforts, especially in Africa. What is the process behind it, and what was concluded?

With the focus on rural youth employment, the G20 directly addresses a key global challenge for the future: How to secure better social and economic prospects for the growing number of young people in rural areas? Considering the broader context of rural poverty, food insecurity, demographic trends, migration patterns and rapid urbanisation, it becomes clear that the G20 simultaneously addresses a wider set of challenges: How to ensure the future production of food and agricultural products for a growing world population? And how to ensure that rural areas are not left behind – thereby offering a potential breeding ground for political extremism – but instead use their potential to contribute to sustainable development?

The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) regarded the topic of rural youth employment as a neglected issue and wanted to place it on top of the international agenda.

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