Persistence is key: Getting sponsorship to attend a One Young World Summit


Ambassador from the Bahamas, Ashleigh Rolle has very kindly provided us with her advice on how to get sponsorship in a very clear and concise article. Ashleigh is an inspirational Ambassador who has attended three Summits to date.

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The First Time I Felt Globally Connected


Ambassador from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Shalisha Samuel on receiving an All Bar None place and her experience at the Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.


I received the news about being awarded an All Bar None place, to represent my country St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while I was on a volunteer assignment in Ghana. I was happy and honoured to receive the funding. Being awarded was truly a sigh of relief, as I would have had to immediately lunge into yet another fundraising campaign.

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Gender Equality: We Need New Solutions


Ambassador from Australia, Sally Hasler on the responsibility of businesses to support women in the workplace.


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Fighting For What Is Right: A Real Democracy


Ambassador from Thailand, Laksameekan Pearly Ingkakul on the current situation in Thailand.


The ongoing situation in Bangkok has long been waiting to happen. The people of Thailand lost trust in the current Thai government, which resulted in an uprising of the people in Bangkok and other cities nationwide. This movement is the largest demonstration in the history of Thailand.

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SalvageHub: Tackling Hunger and Food Waste


Ambassador from Nigeria, Oscar Ekponimo on his experience at the  ITU Telecoms World Conference and his initiative, SalvageHub.


It’s barely been two months since the memorable and inspiring One Young World Summit in Johannesburg rounded-off. The resounding words of motivation provided by the Counsellors and Guest Speakers continue to inspire me to pursue visions of positively impacting the lives of my community and the world.

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EuroMaidan: One Goal, One Future And One Dream


Ukrainian Ambassador, Valeria Cherednichenko on the current situation in Ukraine with contributions from Ukrainian students.

On 21 November a Ukrainian government decree suspended preparations for signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union.In the following days, the biggest protests since the Orange Revolution (or in Ukrainian “Pomarancheva revolyutsiya”) were being held in Kyiv. During the third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on 28-29 November 2013 the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was not signed.

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Amandla Ngawethu: Power To The People


Ambassador from Austrailia, Jeeven Nadanakumar on his experience at this year's Summit in Johannesburg.


On the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, 1,250 young people from across the globe, strangers to each other and to an ancient land, descended from their buses and frantically searched for a symbol of familiarity amongst 190 national flags waiting on display. In the distance, the FNB Soccer City Stadium stood tall and majestic, its terracotta panels reflecting the vibrant African sunset.

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An Uncertain Future


Ambassador from Nigeria, Freeman Osonuga on the incidence of cerebral palsy in Nigeria and his initiative, the Heal the World Foundation.

In my penultimate year studying as a medical student at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria, I found myself at neonatal intensive care unit of the paediatric ward of the teaching hospital.

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The Four Pillars Of Exchange Market Growth


Ambassador from Zambia, Nicholas Kabaso on developing capital markets.

With the complex nature of global business, economic activities remain highly interdependent, with no single economic activity existing on its own. Cultures and societies remain highly fluid in their response to social economic development. In the same light business houses world over continue to frequently revisit the way they do business with many embracing advances in information and technology.

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A Global Neighbourhood


Ambassador from Greece, Ioanna Fotopoulou on the actiVests new initiative, The Global Talks Campaign.

The actiVests is an NGO that aims to introduce an absent concept in the Balkan area, the concept of civil society.

With that in mind, the Greek team of the actiVests applied for the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg for a chance to represent our country and present our efforts and opinions to an international audience, one that only One Young World can provide. I was fortunate enough to be presented with the opportunity to give a speech in the Leadership & Government Plenary Session. Because of this, I was able to talk about Greece’s current situation in front of 1,250 delegates from 190 different countries.

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Protect Our Future: Diabetes and Climate Change


Ambassador from Bahrain, Tariq Al-Olaimy on the interconnection between diabetes and climate change.

Writing from the halls of the UN Climate Change COP19 Summit in Warsaw, where I’m tracking negotiations, I’m also marking World Diabetes Day (WDD), which falls on 14 November and represents the intersection of two urgent and interconnected challenges.

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Gen Y Can Influence Change in Leadership and Governance


Ambassador from UK, Charlie Oliver on the Leadership and Government Plenary Session at this year's Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Leadership and Government was one of the six topics we discussed at last month’s One Young World Summit in Johannesburg. It was arguably the most important Plenary because it showed that many of the other issues we discussed like youth unemployment, the absence of human rights and inadequate education were really the consequence, in the words of Sir Bob Geldof, of “a chronic lack of leadership.”

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