Final Conference Day of Y20 Turkey 2015: Drafting of Final Communiqué

In the last day, all delegations split into two groups: while the head delegates must endure over 7 hours of non-stop negotiation finalizing the communiqué, the rest had the chance to visit a complex of historical sites in Istanbul. Sultan Ahmet neighborhood hosting Istanbul's finest landmarks, such as Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, was easily picked as Y20 tour destination.

Meanwhile in Boğaziçi University, Head Delegates must go against each other's heads, trying to squeeze the final communiqué more dense and compact. The intensity radiated well beyond the Rectorate Hall, the meeting room, as delegations were waiting in anticipation to how the final communiqué would sound like. After two hours extension, the agitated crowd finally breathed in relieve as the final communiqué was presented in front of Turkish presidency. The 3 pages final document, consisted of 3 clauses on Youth Unemployment, 10 clauses on Education, and 5 on Peace, would then be forwarded to the G20 Leaders Summit this November in Antalya.

Final sessions were made for Head Delegates to refine the final communiqué, by which 2/3 of the draft evaporated as most clauses were merged into three pages.

Final sessions were made for Head Delegates to refine the final communiqué, by which 2/3 of the draft evaporated as most clauses were merged into three pages.

Indonesian Delegation deserves a pat on the back for having tirelessly fought for its national objectives of bridging urban-rural education gap, promoting teaching profession and quality, and ensuring access to market and mentorship for youth entrepreneurs, of which were all well-represented on the final communiqué.

The closing ceremony was marked by a speech from the Organizing Committee, and the troika, consisting of past, present and future hosts of Y20/G20 Summits. Delegations were then escorted to take a final picture, only to be pleasantly jaw-dropped once again with the fact that the final photo session was taken by a drone! The day ended with a gala in Çadir Köşk, another well-selected venue with astonishing ambience.

Final communiqué was presented and well accepted by the Turkish Presidency.

Final communiqué was presented and well accepted by the Turkish Presidency.

It's a wrap: the Gala Dinner marked the bittersweet of the last conference day.

It's a wrap: the Gala Dinner marked the bittersweet of the last conference day.

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The Indonesian delegation to the Y20 Summit 2015 is endorsed by the Sherpa of Indonesia, and sponsored by Tanoto Foundation and Pertamina, with support from the Indonesian Embassy to the Netherlands and Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan.