1 July 2014
In a national first, Lance Corporal (LCPL) Toby Jordan, of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Reserve Forces, will represent New Zealand at the Youth 20 (Y20) summit, the official youth summit of the Group of Twenty (G20).
LCPL Jordan is one of two New Zealanders who have been selected to attend the Y20 summit; it is the first time New Zealand has been invited.
“I am really excited to be representing my country and to be able to take the opinions of our under 30's to one of the highest levels of global governance,” said LCPL Jordan.
The Y20 is the official youth (under 30's) engagement group of the G20, a group of twenty major, advanced and emerging economies which make up 85 per cent of the world’s GDP, 80 per cent of the world’s trade and more than 60 per cent of the world’s population.
The Y20 provides a platform for young people to communicate with world leaders about the issues that are important to young people - both raising concerns and proposing solutions.
“With one other New Zealand representative I will be negotiating with youth from the other 20 countries to create a set of recommendations that will be presented to the G20 Ministers later this year,” said LCPL Jordan.
The Y20 is an exercise that will build the capacity of G20 youth to understand and contribute to the G20’s agenda, but more importantly providing a framework for them to take ownership of the solutions they generate and to be accountable for actioning these solutions.
NZDF are supporting LCPL Jordan in his attendance of both conferences recognising his potential as a leader and his potential impact on a global stage.
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Newman, from the Directorate of Reserve Forces said, "Our decision to support LCPL Jordan was based on our desire to support success and recognise our Reservist leaders.
“Toby first came to our notice as a participant of the NZDF intern scheme where he did some amazing research with the Defence Technology Agency and he used his science degree to practical effect. He is a great role model for his peers and exemplifies the depth of talent we have available to use in our Reserves. His selection is a credit to him.”
Support for LCPL Jordan is not just limited to NZDF but includes support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Ministry of Youth Development.
“It is a huge honour for me to represent our country and the NZDF at this event,” said LCPL Jordan.