Blogs

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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Social Business And Philanthropy – Is There Room For Both?

9/10/2013

Delegate from the United Kingdom, Michael Harris' takeaways from the One Young World Summit 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In Johannesburg, Unilever's CEO Paul Polman summed up our predicament neatly to a room of 1,250 young leaders from across the globe: “Never before has a generation faced such devastating problems,” but crucially in the same breath “never before has the same generation had the tools to fix them.”

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An Incredible Atmosphere Of Determination Filled The Room

5/10/2013

Delegate from Germany, Caroline Schuettig on the Human Rights Plenary Session at this year's Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Writing about human rights, especially here in South Africa is special. I’m talking about “special” in a sense of an almost overwhelming richness of historical and societal events that have struck the country. It the context of One Young World, this years’ delegates and Ambassadors have been addressing human rights as essential and of prime importance for the agenda of the Summit. It is especially after the Plenary Session that I understand how everyone involves himself or herself in the topic.

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Food Binds Us, It's Social And Inclusive

5/10/2013

Delegate from Ireland, Iseult Ward on the Food Revolution Session at this year's Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Obesity and hunger are major global problems, and this Special session at the One Young World Summit 'The Food Revolution' focused on what can be done to save the next generation from the diet related illnesses that we face today. Educating children on food should be a priority. In some families there are three generations that don't know how to cook with children who can't even recognise cauliflower. In Australia, 20% of children think pasta comes from an animal.

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Change Takes Time. It Is Not An Event, It Is A Process.

4/10/2013

Delegate from Ukraine, Valeriia Cherednichenko on the Kofi Annan Dialogues at this year’s One Young World Summit.

The issues raised during Kofi Annan Dialogues Special Session ranged from the security in Nigeria and El Salvador and the on-going crises in Syria and Lybia to answers on how to close the gap between young citizens and global leaders.

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We're In The Middle Of An Educational Revolution - Make The Most Of It

4/10/2013

Delegate from Canada, Joel Nicholson on the Education Plenary Session at this year's Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The first full day of One Young World 2013, the world’s largest youth leadership Summit, and it kicked off with a bang. The first Session focused on the most requested topic of this year’s Summit, Education.

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The Protection Of Future Generations

4/10/2013

Delegates from Nigeria, Dozie Okeleke and Moses Acquah on the Ambassadors in Action Special Session at the Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This year’s “Ambassadors in Action” Session at the Summit in Johannesburg featured Ambassadors' initiatives that have been inspired by the One Young World Summits.

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A Shared Global Vision Of A Sustainable World

4/10/2013

Delegate from Canada, Nick Blandford on the Sustainable Development Plenary Session at the Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Are there solutions that give as much as they take? This question guided the Sustainable Development Plenary Session, which rounded out the first action packed and inspiring day of the One Young World Summit 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Feel The Power, It Is In You

3/10/2013

Delegate from Uganda, Ruth Aine Tindyebwa on her experience at the One Young World Summit's Opening Ceremony.

The One Young World Summit opened yesterday in Johannesburg, the City of Gold and what a great affair it was. It was full of colour, music, and jubilation. It is the first time that an event of this kind has made its way to Africa.

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