Blogs

A Global Neighbourhood

20/11/2013

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

14/11/2013

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

13/11/2013

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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Políglota, the first face-to-face social language-learning network in the world.

11/11/2013

Ambassador Carlos Aravena and José Manuel Sanchez discuss their social language-learning network, Políglota in an interview conducted by Ambassador Xenia Elsaesser.

It's Tuesday evening in Santiago, Chile, and Claudia sets off for a drink after work. She arrives at the table and introduces herself to the group. In English. Now, Claudia’s having a drink with 12 other people, hanging out and conversing in a language that is only spoken by 2% of the Chilean population.

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The First To Take The Stage

5/11/2013

Ambassador from Nigeria, Camara Mohamed on his experience speaking at this year’s Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

One Young World opened my eyes to the great impact youth can make in society. I was particularly inspired by Ambassadors like Ajarat Bada, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Bariq Rifki, Parker Liautaud, Clinton Gachangi and many others. Until I started following One Young World online, I had not identified a particular area to make positive change.

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Top Tips For Starting Your Own Business

4/11/2013

Ambassador James Eder on starting a new business in the United Kingdom.

There are lots of challenges involved in setting up a business. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. But one of the most difficult things is actually getting started. So, you have an idea. Now what?

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Next Generation Business

30/10/2013

Ambassador from the United Kingdom, Alan Mak on the Special Session with Sir Richard Branson and the B Team at this year's Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A strong belief in Generation Y’s ability to lead businesses that do well not just do good underpins One Young World’s mission. And this year, its Ambassadors were honoured to share the stage at the Johannesburg Summit with the B Team – a new network of global business leaders led by Sir Richard Branson – as we presented them with the our new Charter for Business Leadership setting out how our generation make work with established leaders to turn our vision into reality.

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The Lampedusa tragedy - why Eritreans risk everything

23/10/2013

On 3 October 2013, a boat carrying an estimated 500 migrants, many of them Eritreans under the age of 40, capsized less than one kilometer from the island of Lampedusa, Italy...I fled Eritrea in 2005 and I want to explain why so many young Eritreans take such great risks to leave the country and what can be done prevent these tragedies in the future. 

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Why I Was Inspired By The One Young World Summit

14/10/2013

UK Ambassador, Ceri Davies on her inspiration from this year's Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

If you passed me in the street, you might well look at me and see a disabled young woman in a wheelchair. Yes, I am a 23-year-old who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy and yes, I am permanently in a wheelchair. But this has not stopped me from living my life and living out my aspirations.

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Young Entrepreneurs Drive Solution To Youth Unemployment Crisis

14/10/2013

UK Ambassador Charlie Oliver on the Youth Unemployment Plenary Session at this year's Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

One Young World’s delegates of 2013 voted overwhelmingly to include youth unemployment as one of the six plenary topics discussed at this year’s Summit in Johannesburg. Delegate speakers from the UK, France, Burundi, China, Nigeria and Turkey all showcased entrepreneurial initiatives and models that have been successful in lowering youth unemployment.

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The Wisdom of Youth: What Washington Can Learn From Johannesburg

11/10/2013

One Young World Co-founder, David Jones reflects on what the current generation of leaders can learn from the younger generation.

While one group of senior leaders in America were causing a government to close, another group of brilliant young leaders were gathering in Johannesburg for the fourth annual One Young World Summit.

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It Is Our Responsibility To Act Now, To Speak Up And Start Leading

11/10/2013

Ambassador Mary Beth Jenssen on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Sustainable Supply Chain.

I have a confession to make: I left a job at a non-profit organisation making an incredible impact on my local community to join a rapidly growing and rather profitable corporation.  For many months after changing jobs, I felt an immense feeling of guilt. I was meant to participate in and drive real, lasting change in my community and here I was, heading to the for-profit world. What I did not fully understand then was that investing in a corporation's continued profitability should also include significant investments in strengthening communities around the world.

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