The Westerner

Tackling global issues in the world’s capital

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Source: Damian Staveley

Will Barker, second from left, and fellow members of Australia’s G20 Youth Summit delegation meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard for a pre-departure briefing.

Will Barker, second from left, and fellow members of Australia’s G20 Youth Summit delegation meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard for a pre-departure briefing.

Former Arana Hills resident Will Barker will tackle key international issues as one of six Australian delegates to the G20 Youth Summit in Washington DC in June.

Young delegates from G20 countries will meet and debate issues in line with priorities set by Mexico, the host country for the official 2012 G20 leaders summit.

Mr Barker said these issues include stabilising the world economy, addressing economic imbalances and the environment.

The delegates will aim to come to an agreement, written as a communiqué, to inform the discussion of the leaders at the official G20 summit.

“It’s one of a number of key inputs into the G20,” the 23-year-old said.

Mr Barker, who now lives at Everton Park, said there were two reasons why he wanted to be a part of the weeklong summit.

“The first is that I’d like to make a contribution to international debate, which represents Australia’s interests,” he said.

“The second is I’d like the opportunity to interact with, develop with and network with all of the amazing high achieving youth that are going to be at this summit.

“I think that the type of people you meet at these summits are the type of people who you see in the headlines in 20 years time.

“I think there’s a great opportunity for Australia, as a middle power, to have an impact on the world and I would like to be a part of that.”

Mr Barker studies law and international relations at Griffith University, graduating this year, and recently accepted a graduate job at a leading international law firm.

“I’m heading into a law firm where I’ll be practising commercial law acting on behalf of international clients,” he said.

“As to where my career takes me from there, who knows.”

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