G20 conference

ONE WORLD – No Hunger. Future of the rural world

27 and 28 April 2017 in the bcc Berlin Congress Center, Alexanderstraße 11, 10178 Berlin

Logo of the conference "ONE WORLD – No Hunger. Future of the rural world"

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The future of humankind will be decided in rural areas. A productive and sustainable agri-food sector in rural areas of developing countries is vital if young people are to enjoy long-term jobs and income and natural resources are to be protected. In this way, we can eradicate poverty and hunger, reduce rural exodus and secure food supply - even with a growing global population. Rural areas urgently need innovation and new economic and political impetus. We must ensure that globalisation is fair and that rural areas do not lose out.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invited actors from the worlds of politics, the private sector, academia and civil society, from Germany and abroad, to attend the G20 conference "ONE WORLD – No Hunger. Future of the Rural World" in Berlin on 27 and 28 April 2017.

This event focused on youth employment in rural areas. In Africa alone, an additional 440 million young people will be joining an already highly competitive labour market between now and 2030, most of them in rural areas. There is therefore huge potential to achieve dynamic rural development. If, however, these young people have no prospects for the future, there is a risk that long-term social harmony and stability will be put in jeopardy and that natural resources will be over-exploited.

One of the conference’s key elements was the "Berlin Charter". This document can serve as important political impetus and as guidance for decision-makers from the worlds of politics, business and civil society, with a view to boosting their involvement in efforts to foster rural development and youth employment. The document was drafted in the run-up to the conference by an international advisory committee that consulted widely with non-governmental groups. The Charter was then discussed at the conference before being officially presented to Federal Minister Gerd Müller.

The second day of the conference was devoted to implementation. Parallel thematic panel discussions presented and discussed selected solutions. Concurrently, the G20 addressed the theme of youth employment in a private meeting. The issues and recommendations arising from the Charter process served as an important political impetus for these discussions.

Not only did we intend to discuss our responsibility vis-à-vis the young generation at the conference – we wanted to engage directly with young people themselves. Around 150 young people from Africa, from G20 countries and from Germany attended the conference. A three-day pre-conference programme leading up to a 'Rural Future Lab' gave them the opportunity to express their own ideas for a sustainable rural future.

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