A chance to create change

2016-06-07 06:00
Charne Thomson has a passion for global governance and will be heading to take part in the annual Y20 (Youth 20) conference in China later this year. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Charne Thomson has a passion for global governance and will be heading to take part in the annual Y20 (Youth 20) conference in China later this year. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Young people have a part to play in making the world a better place, and a young motivator from Claremont is part of a national team to take their ideas to China later this year.

Charne Thomson has a passion for global governance and will be heading to take part in the annual Youth 20 (Y20) conference later this year.

Being a part of wanting to change the world is nothing new to this dynamic young woman. After completing matric at Herschel Girls School, she went on to complete her honours in information systems.

“I became interested in global governance and diplomacy when I represented Herschel at the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington,” she says.

“There I participated in a simulated United Nations and we also engaged in dialogue with industry leaders during the summit.”

At Stellenbosch University she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in economics and politics to learn more about the world, and graduated cum laude as the top student of undergraduate economics. “When I heard of the Y20 summit, I decided to apply as it allows me to use what I have learned at school and at university in a way that will have a positive impact on those around me. I was fortunate to be chosen to be a part of the team and I am looking forward to working with the interesting and informed people who will be attending the summit in July.”

She is one of five South Africans who have been chosen to attend the youth summit which runs just before the G20 leaders meet.

The summit includes delegates between the ages of 18 and 30 from member countries, youth from guest states and representatives of various financial institutions.

“We come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from acting to economics to chemistry,” continues Thomson.

“The delegates voted on a number of focus areas which will guide policy discussions over the next few months and during the summit. I will be working on poverty elimination and joint development while other topics include entrepreneurship and creative thinking, social justice and equal opportunities.

“Each of us has written a position paper on our focus area which includes some recommendations on the topic. Our final communiqué will be presented to the G20 leaders at the G20 summit.”

Thomson also points out that she is still open to ideas that will assist her in her presentation.

“It is important that we consult with fellow South Africans during the policy process. I am looking for any recommendations from the public on the topic of poverty elimination and joint development.

“So far the interviews I have already conducted with fellow youth have been very interesting and have led to insightful suggestions of realistic target areas for our policy.”

V Further suggestions can be sent to G20youthSA@gmail.com. For more information about the summit visit www.g20-youthsummit.org.

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