A resident of Whitehorse is one of a trio of Canadian women selected to represent the country at the 2021 G20 Youth Summit (Y20).
Keely Bass is the Canadian communications coordinator chosen by the Young Diplomats of Canada to participate in the virtual summit July 19-23. It is organized by Italy and will bring together global delegates between the ages of 18 and 30.
Laura Bradbury and Jamila Bahay are also selected as part of the Canadian delegation. They will be Canada’s chief delegate and engagement coordinator, respectively.
Bradbury is a fourth year political science student at the University of Ottawa and Bahay, Calgary, is a master’s student in international affairs, business and international finance at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland.
The summit brings together young delegates from all G20 countries and the European Union to formulate policy recommendations and a final communiqué to G20 leaders in October 2021, the next scheduled G20 summit.
Bass works in communications for the Government of Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works. In this work, she has led projects focused on gender inclusive spaces, green energy and digital identity. She also worked in the role of Information Officer for the Territory during COVID-19, coordinating the government’s response to the pandemic.
Prior to his time in the Yukon, Bass obtained a Masters in International Relations from the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid. At the same time, she worked as a student advisor for NATO’s Political Planning Unit, focusing on the intersection of artificial intelligence and defense.
An advocate for citizen participation and inclusiveness in decision-making forums, it was noted in a statement that Bass hopes to “bring more northern voices into global conversations, especially those regarding climate change and digitization. “.
As Bass commented, “As we prepare for the realities of a post-COVID-19 world, we must promote equality and reprogram our society for new standards of social justice and inclusion. This must be at the forefront of the G20 agenda. “
In a July 19 interview, Bass said that international relations had become a passion for her and that she was looking for opportunities to become more involved when she learned about the Young Diplomats of Canada and the opportunity to be part of the Y20 Summit.
She decided to apply, going through a process that involved writing a number of short essays, followed by a series of interviews before learning that she was one of three selected to represent Canada.
“Honestly, I was quite shocked,” she said when she learned that she had been accepted.
In February, delegates began their efforts to highlight the issues they want to address at the Y20.
A national youth consultation was conducted with focus groups in June to establish priorities.
“We had some really interesting discussions,” Bass said, noting that the main issues that have arisen in his area of interest include accessing free mental health services and breaking the stigma around health. mental health, housing and gender equality.
Along with the youth consultation, the three delegates also attended training and virtually met a number of representatives from various governments and organizations.
With the summit underway, Ms Bass said she and other delegates would spend their mornings listening to speeches and remarks from keynote speakers such as the executive directors of the World Bank and UNICEF as well as ambassadors. of the UN and others involved in international organizations.
On summit afternoons, the focus is on negotiating priorities and the final communiqué for G20 leaders.
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