The world’s youth population has reached 1.2 billion and is projected to increase by seven percent to 1.3 billion by 2030. The vast majority of the global youth population exists in Asia and Africa. Asian countries constitute more than 60 per cent of the youth population, and the continent will be home to more youth than any other region until around 2080. There are currently a little over 65 million young people in Indonesia – the largest generation of young people that Indonesia has ever seen.  They are increasingly mobilizing and impacting social policy dialogue within their communities as well as at the global level. In response, the international community has recognized Indonesian youth contributions and potential for greater participation by encouraging the inclusion of youth voices in international relation and development agenda.

Indonesian Youth Diplomacy (IYD) is a youth-run, youth-led organization that raises awareness and builds capacity among Indonesian youths aged 16 - 30 on international affairs, networking skills and diplomacy. IYD has helped the Indonesian government in empowering Indonesia’s bright young minds in becoming active players in international diplomacy and engaging impassioned young people in the subjects of the Group of 20, international economy, politics, development and foreign affairs.

Meet the Diplomats is one of the top priority program under this year IYD’s annual plan. It is a platform for sharing knowledge, engaging foreign policy influencers, government officials, International Government Organizations (IGOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other international actors in dialogues with Indonesian youths. IYD annually works together with various stakeholders in discussing specific development issues and other related issue revolving around youth. You will be given the opportunity to debate and discuss with figures such as diplomats from respective Embassies and Ministries and also with high-level decision makers. You will learn about diplomacy in practice, voicing out your opinions, and increase networking skills with a diverse diplomatic community.

This year in 2017, we are partnering up with Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs! It is a great honour to stand alongside the front guard of the Indonesian people in terms of foreign affairs.

We are looking for bright and passionate young people to come to our yearly Meet the Diplomats program! We are eager to welcome young people to join us at the event and we hope you will become one of them this year!



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