What is One Young World?

One Young World is the premier global forum that connects young leaders to create lasting positive change around the world. Its annual Summit brings together 1,500 of the most talented young leaders from across 196 countries to tackle the globe’s most pressing issues, from climate change to conflict resolution.

One Young World is actively supported by a distinguished line-up of Counsellors including Kofi Annan, President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Mary Robinson, President Juan Manuel Santos, Sir Bob Geldof, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emma Watson, Meghan Markle and Professor Mohammad Yunus. One Young World Counsellors work alongside delegates at the global Summits, sharing their collective experience in creating positive social change.

Since launching in 2009, One Young World has built a network of over 8,000 Ambassadors, whose projects have gone on to benefit 14.6 million worldwide. Notable Ambassadors include Olympic champion sprinter Kirani James, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, Alan Mak MP, mental health activist Hussain Manawer, Lauren Bush, founder of FEED, and social media star Jérôme Jarre.

The award-winning annual Summit has been named International Conference of the Year on three occasions by C&IT. One Young World also has the largest corporate footprint of any NGO, and is partnered with more than 500 of the world’s leading organisations, many of which are listed by Fortune 500 or FTSE 100.

To date, Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014), Bangkok (2015) and Ottawa (2016). The 2017 Summit is taking place in Bogota, Colombia.

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