Youth urged to fo­cus on in­no­va­tion and ser­vice

Vice-Pres­i­dent Li Yuan­chao asks del­e­gates to play pos­i­tive role in build­ing a more just world

China Daily (USA) - - G20 CHINA - ByWANG HONGYI in Shanghai wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.

More than 100 del­e­gates aged 18 to 30 from G20 mem­ber states, guest coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions at­tended the week­long Youth 20 event in Shanghai onWed­nes­day. It’s a plat­form for young adults to dis­cuss hot global is­sues and top­ics.

The gath­er­ing — known as Y20 China 2016— is af­fil­i­ated with the G20 Leaders Sum­mit to be held in Septem­ber in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

The theme, “Youth In­no­va­tion for Our Shared Vi­sion”, is in line with the G20 theme, “To­ward an In­no­va­tive, In­vig­o­rated, In­ter­con­nected and In­clu­siveWorld Econ­omy”.

Many top­ics are on the agenda for par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing the elim­i­na­tion of poverty, joint de­vel­op­ment, en­trepreneur­ship and cre­ative think­ing, so­cial jus­tice, green life­styles and sus­tain­abil­ity, and global gov­er­nance.

Opin­ions and sug­ges­tions from the del­e­gates will be gath­ered, and a state­ment will be drafted and sub­mit­ted to the prepara­tory com­mit­tee of the G20 sum­mit.

“We want to en­cour­age young peo­ple world­wide to boost in­no­va­tion and con­trib­ute to in­dus­try,” said Wang Meng, head of China del­e­ga­tion.

“The sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goal for 2030 has been adopted by­morethan 120UN mem­bers, so we want to use this plat­form to gather with other del­e­ga­tions to find so­lu­tions for the fu­ture world,” Wang said.

As part of the event, del­e­gates vis­ited Bei­jin­gonJuly24.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Li Yuan­chao met the del­e­gates on Mon­day and called on young peo­ple from G20 mem­ber coun­tries to in­ject vi­tal­ity into the world econ­omy through en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion.

Li told the del­e­gates that the Chi­nese govern­ment highly val­ues young peo­ple’s de­sire to con­trib­ute to global economic gov­er­nance.

He also called on young peo­ple to play a pos­i­tive role in the build­ing of a more just and eq­ui­table in­ter­na­tional or­der, as well as a more fair and ra­tio­nal global gov­er­nance sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to Xinhua News Agency.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives talk on the side­lines of Y20 China 2016 in Shanghai on Wed­nes­day. The event for young adults is af­fil­i­ated with the G20 Leaders Sum­mit, which will take place in Septem­ber.

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