UK officially assumes Youth G7 Presidency at Future Leaders Network Annual Conference

Today, Friday 20 November 2020, the United Kingdom officially assumes the Youth G7 Presidency from the United States of America.

The handover will happen during the Future Leaders Network Annual Conference, which convenes at 9am this morning.

Youth G7 is one of seven engagement groups of the Group of 7 (G7) international intergovernmental economic organization, the others being Women 7, C7 (non-governmental organizations), Labour 7, Business 7, Think Tanks 7 and Science 7. The engagement groups are involved at every level of G7 activities, including meetings with the Sherpas, Ministers and expert groups, through to the Leaders’ Summit. They prepare recommendations for each G7 Presidency.

With the global pandemic dramatically disrupting young people's education, restricting their current and future employment prospects and diverting attention from tackling the issues that will most impact their future, such as the climate emergency, the Youth G7 2021 is a chance to champion the voice of the 'forgotten generation' at the highest level, influencing national and international response and recovery priorities.

Each year, Future Leaders Network selects delegates to represent the United Kingdom at the Youth G7 and will, in 2021, host the Youth G7 Summit, on behalf of the UK.

The handover ceremony will launch the U.K.'s Presidency of the Youth G7. It marks twelve months of U.K. youth in the driving seat of international diplomacy. During the conference, we will:

• Announce the key themes the Y7 2021 will focus on;

• Offer a unique opportunity to hear from the 2020 Youth G7 delegation;

• Share more details about the 2021 Summit and how to get involved.

Commenting, Sophie Daud, Chief Executive of Future Leaders Network says:

The Y7 2021 is an extraordinary opportunity for the 'forgotten generation' not to be forgotten. It's a chance for young leaders to share their priorities with world leaders, and ensure their voice is heard in international diplomatic agreements. And this year, with U.K. youth in the driving seat, it's an opportunity to set a new standard in meaningful youth participation and leadership development.

Notes to the Editor:

• For more information about the support available to young people in the UK, particularly our Annual Conference, please visit our website:

• For interviews or more information, please contact Sophie Daud – Chief Executive, directly on +44 7788 990041 or at

About Future Leaders Network

Future Leaders Network is a not-for-profit organisation, founded with the goal of discovering and developing the next generation of political, economic and social leaders. Our network of talented, ambitious young people, from all walks of life and all parts of the country, represent the United Kingdom at Global Summits, participate in expert panels and articulate research findings and policy proposals to policy makers both at home and overseas. Our diverse community incubates policy positions through intensive research, debate, engagement and collaboration.


About our 2020 Annual Conference

The Future Leaders Annual Conference is a virtual, 2-day event, designed to equip the next generation of leaders to be competitive in the job market, prepare them for the future of work and help them to realise their ambition to create change in the workplace, their community and the world.

An conference pass entitles delegates to:

• Keynote speeches and panels from political leaders, business leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists and more;

• Access to three masterclasses, designed to build leadership capability and their CV in the process;

• Networking opportunities with like-minded young people.

To access the full list of speakers, and to find out more, please visit our website:

About the Youth G7

The Y7 is a unique opportunity for the youth voice to be heard at the highest level of decision making. It brings together young leaders from across the G7, to agree a series of policy recommendations which are then presented to G7 Heads of State. Its purpose is to ensure the G7 Heads of State Declaration champions and supports youth priorities, turning them into tangible action.

About Sophie Daud:

Sophie is the Chief Executive of Future Leaders Network.

Sophie Daud is an award-winning public servant, who is passionate about youth empowerment and leadership development. She began her career in the U.K. Government, where she combined her scientific training with problem solving skills to tackle some of the country's most challenging social policy issues, ranging from long-term unemployment to child poverty.

In 2016, she was selected to represent the United Kingdom at the Youth G7, the official youth engagement group for the G7 Heads of State summit in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, Sophie has campaigned tirelessly to support the development of a new cadre of young leaders, and championing their voices in national and international decision making.

She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Future Leaders Network in January 2019 and is looking forward to hosting the Youth G7 in 2021 when the U.K. hosts the G7 Presidency. Sophie was recently announced as a “Rising Star in the Public Sector”, awarded by WeAreTheCity in 2019.


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