Y20 Commences, Coincides with Indonesian Independence Day

There can be myriad of ways for youngsters celebrating Indonesian Independence Day. Flag ceremony is one thing, defending your country's interest in the often-dubbed the most influential youth platform is another.

Today, our four Y20 delegates kick-off the Y20 meeting in Istanbul. The opening was packed with a lineup of important figures from Turkey's prominent leaders: Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, G20 Sherpa Ambassador Ayşe Sinirlioğlu, Boğaziçi University Rector Prof. Dr. Gülay Barbarosoğlu, Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil, among others. Representatives from all the G20 engagement groups (B20, T20, L20, C20, and the newly created W20) were also present in a panel discussion.

Left: all the G20 engagement groups representatives. Right: Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister addressing the Y20 Summit audience

Left: all the G20 engagement groups representatives. Right: Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister addressing the Y20 Summit audience

The first breakout sessions commenced in parallel on the three topics of this year's summit: Technology and Innovation for Youth Unemployment, Education in the 21st Century, and Youth's Contribution to Peace. This year's meeting venue is hosted by Boğaziçi University, a leading higher educational institution in Turkey.

Y20 paralel meetings hosted by Boğaziçi University. Images are courtesy of @Y20Turkey's OC

Y20 paralel meetings hosted by Boğaziçi University. Images are courtesy of @Y20Turkey's OC

The day sets off with delegates come aboard for a dinner on a cruise sailing across Bosphorus Strait. Delegates had a chance to savor Turkish delicacies along the magnificent views of both the European and Asian continents guarding the strait on both sides.

Boat trip on the Bosphorus.

Boat trip on the Bosphorus.

For more updates, follow us on Twitter @iYouthDiplomacy or our Facebook page. For more information on Y20, visit www.y20turkey.org.

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.