Bogota Summit 2017



What is One Young World?

One Young World is the preeminent global forum for young leaders aged 18-30. The annual One Young World Summit brings together the brightest young change makers from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Previous Summit have been held in London, Zurich, Pittsburgh, Johannesburg, Dublin, Bangkok and Ottawa. You can watch the video highlights of the One Young World Summit 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, on our YouTube channel.

When and where is the One Young World Summit 2017?

The One Young World Summit 2017 will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from 4 – 7 October. The event will be the first One Young World Summit in South America. Learn more about the 2017 Summit here.

Who is who?

Counsellors: World leaders who participate in each Summit to lend stature and share expertise with delegates. Counsellors include Kofi Annan, Professor Muhammad Yunus and Mary Robinson. See more Counsellors

Candidates: Candidates apply to attend a Summit either independently, through a partner organisation or via a scholarship. Find out how to become a candidate.

Delegates: Young leaders attending the Summit for the first time.

Ambassadors: Delegates who have attended the One Young World Summit before and joined the international Ambassador network. All delegates become Ambassadors at the closing ceremony.

Observers: Representatives from partner organisations who accompany a delegation, participating in special networking sessions and sharing their thoughts on One Young World; analysing the way that One Young World has impacted their corporate culture. These include directors of human resources, learning and development, diversity and inclusion as well as managers and CEOs.

What happens at the Summit?

At the Summit delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. They make commitments to tangible action that they will deliver in the next year. The Summits are ground-breaking events that offer decision makers a powerful insight into critical global issues and emerging trends affecting younger generations.

How is One Young World funded?

One Young World is funded through a wide range of partnerships with private companies, universities, government departments, NGOs, philanthropists and foundations. These organisations support One Young World by funding delegates to attend the annual Summit. Funds raised through delegate fees cover the cost of staging each Summit and the year round activities of One Young World. Learn more about our partnerships here.


How can I attend a One Young World Summit?

Attend with a partner organisation: We partner with many of the world’s leading businesses, universities and foundations that support One Young World by sending delegates to the Summit. If your organisation is interested in partnering with One Young World please contact us:

Attend independently: You can nominate yourself to attend the Summit as an independent delegate. If your nomination is accepted the fee to attend is £2,975. You can pay this fee yourself or find an organisation or individual to sponsor you.

Attend on a scholarship: A range of scholarships are available to enable individuals who are not supported by partners to participate in the Summit. Visit our scholarships page to see if you are eligible for any current opportunities. Full information on how to attend a One Young World Summit can be found here.

What is the delegate fee?

The delegate fee for the 2017 Summit in Bogotá is £2,975 plus VAT at the applicable rate.

What is included in the fee?

The delegate fee includes accommodation for four nights, ground transport and airport transfers, meals and catering for the duration of the Summit. This also includes Summit materials, access to all sessions, Summit speaking opportunities and membership of the One Young World Ambassador community beyond the Summit. Flights and any costs incurred travelling to the host city are not included in the delegate fee.

How can I check the status of my application?

If you have nominated yourself to attend the Summit independently, applied for a scholarship or are part of a partner delegation and have any questions about the status of your application please get in touch with us at

What is the age limit?

You must be between the age of 18 and 30 to attend a One Young World Summit as a delegate.  It is at the discretion of the One Young World team to accept applications from those who are older than the specified age, pending demonstration of personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage as a young leader. We are not able to accept applications from those who will be aged under 18 at the time of the Summit.


Who are One Young World Ambassadors?

Anyone who attends a One Young World Summit as a delegate becomes an Ambassador. All 2017 delegates will graduate as Ambassadors at the Closing Ceremony of the 2017 Summit.

In between Summits Ambassadors work on their own independent social and environmental initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those already in existence. Of those in employment many return to their companies and set about creating change from within, energising their corporate environment.

There are currently more than 8,000 Ambassadors around the world, so far over 8.5 million people have been affected by One Young World Ambassador-led initiatives. 

Learn more about Ambassador impacts here.

How can I connect with other Ambassadors? 

Ambassadors can make use of our Ambassador Community page to identify fellow Ambassadors they would like to connect with. If you have found Ambassadors you would like to collaborate or share ideas with, please get in touch with us at, and we will try to make an introduction. 
Ambassadors may also organise and attend regional meetings to stimulate collaboration at a local level. If you are interested in organising or attending a regional meeting, whether physical or online, please contact or get in touch with the Coordinating Ambassador for your region.
Lastly, there are several groups on Facebook you can join to get in touch with other Ambassadors; the most prominent one being the One Young World Ambassadors Group.

How can I contribute to the One Young World blog?

The One Young World blog and One Young World Huffington Post blog are platforms for Ambassadors to highlight their impact or contribute to thought leadership on a wide range of national and international issues. If you would like to submit a blog post please contact with your proposal. 

How can I attend a Summit if I am an Ambassador?

Ambassadors are automatically eligible to attend each One Young World Summit for the fee of £1,925. If you are an Ambassador and would like more information on how to attend the 2017 Summit in Bogotá please get in touch with us at


Who can apply for scholarships and where can I apply?

In order to apply for a scholarship, you must show the following skills and traits:

- Be between 18 and 30 years old

- An evidenced commitment to effecting positive change. This commitment can come in many forms; ranging from a high level of involvement in community initiatives to social entrepreneurship or from leading responsible business practices to public service

- Leadership ability

- Concern for local or global issues

- Ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas

- Teamwork

You can find any new Scholarship opportunities to attend the Summit on our Scholarships page. These will be added on a rolling basis during the months before the Summit. Please keep an eye on this page and our social media channels for any updates on Scholarships. The application process, including specific application criteria, will be listed with each individual Scholarship.

How do I know if I received a scholarship? 

After the deadline for Scholarship applications has passed, please allow three weeks for all applications to be reviewed. We will contact applicants shortlisted for the Scholarship directly. If you haven't heard from us in the three weeks after the application deadline, your application for a Scholarship has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Can I get a sponsorship appeal letter?

Once your profile has been approved to attend the One Young World Summit, you will automatically receive a sponsorship appeal letter signed by our Founders. You can find this letter in your One Young World profile by logging in on our website and navigating to the Summit booking tab.


Who partners with One Young World?

Since 2009 One Young World has partnered with more than 500 of the world’s leading organisations, many of which are listed by Fortune 500 or FTSE 100. Partners include AB InBev, Barclays, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Facebook, Google, Janssen, Telefonica, Unilever, Volkswagen, OFID and Westpac.

For many of these organisations, sending delegates to the annual Summit has become an integral part of their leadership development, human resources and sustainability programmes.
One Young World partnerships begin with sending a delegation to attend a Summit (delegate fee of £2,975). Delegates can be employees or other impactful young leaders from outside the organisation.

How can my organisation partner with One Young World?

We welcome the partnership of companies, agencies, government departments, foundations, NGOs and individual philanthropists. If you are interested in learning more about how to partner with One Young World please download our 2017 Summit brochure or get in touch with a member of the partnerships team at


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When logged in click on the Settings link in the top right menu. You will then come to your user edit page where you can change your password, main email address and username.

What do I do if I have forgotten my password?

Click here for instructions on how to reset your password via email. If you have forgotten which email address you used to create your account please email for assistance. 

How can I update my profile information?

After logging in you should see your profile page. Underneath your name you will see two buttons View and Edit. Click on the Edit button to make changes to your profile. You can also click on the My Profile link in the top right menu to view your profile or make edits.

How can I delete my account?

When logged in, click on the Settings link in the top right menu. You will then come to your user edit page.  At the bottom of this page you will see the button Cancel Account. Clicking this will delete your account and all your information.

Host Cities

How are Host Cities selected?

One Young World Host Cities are culturally vibrant, youthful in spirit and forward-thinking cities that are already involved with or are looking to invest in sustainable initiatives that empower young people. We select Host Cities through a competitive bid process that analyses a wide range of the qualities and capabilities of potential host cities.

How can a city apply?

Parties interested in bidding on behalf of a potential Host City must submit a formal bid. We are no longer accepting bids from cities hoping to host the 2018 Summit. For more information please contact the Host City team at


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What support do you offer for VISA applications to Colombia?

As soon as you have confirmed your place at the Summit by paying your Independent Delegate Fee of £2,975, or have been selected for a Scholarship, we will provide you with an official Letter of Invitation (LOI) to support your visa application. 
If you need any further assistance or information during the application process, please email the Visa Team at

Delegate Speaker Application

How long should my application be?

For the written application each question has a word limit, please keep to these guidelines. If you are submitting a video with your application this should be no more than 2 minutes in total. 

When will I hear whether I have been selected for interview / shortlisted / chosen to speak?

We will invite people for interview during the week commencing June 26th. Interviews will take place week commencing August 1st. Final delegate speaker selection will take place on or around the August 7th.

What does it mean if I am a reserve speaker?

Each year, for various reasons, one delegate speaker is unable to attend the summit. We ask one person for each plenary session to prepare to speak so they can be called at a moment’s notice before or at the summit. Those chosen as reserves are people we would choose to speak if we had more speaker slots available. And each year one is chosen to speak.

Will I be able to use visual aids?

No, there are no visual aids.

Will the video I attach to my application be shown at the conference?

The video will not be used at the conference. We may use the video to promote the work you are doing before or after the conference.

Can I apply for more than one session?

Yes, you can apply for more than one session if you wish. If you do decide to apply for more than one session you will have to submit a completely new / separate application so please ensure each submission is tailored to answer the specific plenary session topic.

Do I have to submit a video? I don’t have a video camera

If you want to submit a video with your application to illustrate your work, please do, although it is not required for the application process.

What if my project doesn't perfectly fit in any of the sessions, can I still apply?

Please do apply, and try to tailor you content to address the content of the plenary session.  

What format should my video be?

Whatever format will enable to you load your video onto YouTube.

How long will the final speech be if I am selected to be a delegate speaker?

The delegate speeches are a maximum four and a half minutes long.