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 and Bangkok. 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 2016?

The One Young World Summit 2016 will be held in Ottawa, Canada from 28 September – 1 October. The event will be the second One Young World Summit in North America. Learn more about the 2016 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
  • Candidate: A candidate is some who has applied to attend a Summit either independently, through a partner organisation or via a scholarship. Find out how to become a candidate.
  • Delegate: A young person attending a Summit for the first time.
  • Ambassador: Someone who has attended a One Young World Summit as a delegate and has joined the international Ambassador network. All delegates become Ambassadors at the closing ceremony.

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 sponsoring delegates to attend the Summit. If you think your organisation may want to partner with us to provide delegate sponsorship for you or a colleague please contact partnerships@oneyoungworld.com.
  • 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 per delegate fee for the 2016 Summit in Ottawa 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 traveling 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 info@oneyoungworld.com.

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 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 championing a delegation to attend a Summit (per delegate fee £2,975). Delegates can be employees of partners or other impactful young people from outside the organisations.

How can my organisation partner with One Young World?

We welcome the partnership of companies, agencies, government departments, NGOs and individual philanthropists. Just as no two organisations are identical no one partnership with One Young World is the same and a wide range of packages a available to meet the aims of our supporters and provide the best possible experience for their delegates. If you are interested in learning more about how to partner with One Young World please download our 2016 Summit brochure or get in touch with a member of the partnerships team at partnerships@oneyoungworld.com.

Download the brochure

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 2017 and 2018 Summit. For more information please contact the Host City team at ella.robertson@oneyoungworld.com.


Who are One Young World Ambassadors?

Anyone who attends a One Young World Summit as a delegate becomes an Ambassador. All 2016 delegates will graduate as Ambassadors at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 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 6,000 Ambassadors around the world, so far over 6 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 keep in touch and collaborate through a variety of social media channels. These include the FuzeAct - One Young World community app which is designed by Ambassadors for Ambassadors. The app is free to download on IOS and Android.

Ambassadors may also organise and attend regional meetings to stimulate collaboration at a local level. Our community team works year round to spark connections between Ambassadors who can further empower each other. If you’re an Ambassador looking to connect with another member of the community please get in touch with us at info@oneyoungworld.com and we will try to make an introduction.

How can I contribute to the One Young World blog?

The oneyoungworld.com 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 blogs@oneyoungworld.com 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 £1,700. If you are an Ambassador and would like more information on how to attend the 2016 Summit in Ottawa please get in touch with us at info@oneyoungworld.com.


How can I change my password?

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 visa email. If you have forgotten which email address you used to create your account please email info@oneyoungworld.com 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.


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If you have any queries regarding your Visa for Ottawa, please contact Judith Morgan, Visa Co-ordinator, One Young World, +44 (0) 20 8879 2422 or visas@oneyoungworld.events


Confirmed Country Name Visa Processing Days Deadline Date
Based on Friday 23 Sept
Yemen x 118 28-May  
Vietnam x 107 08-Jun  
Nigeria x 62 23-Jul  
Benin x 61 24-Jul  
Togo x 53 01-Aug  
Palestinian Authority (Gaza) x 45 09-Aug  
Palestian Authority (West Bank) x 45 09-Aug  
Afghanistan x 43 11-Aug  
Iraq x 35 19-Aug  
Pakistan x 35 19-Aug  
Madagascar x 31 23-Aug  
Syria x 31 23-Aug  
Angola x 30 24-Aug  
Jordan x 30 24-Aug  
Jamaica x 29 25-Aug  
Libya x 29 25-Aug  
Ghana x 28 26-Aug  
Zimbabwe x 28 26-Aug  
Sao Tome and Principe x 28 26-Aug Serviced by Accra, Ghana
Iran x 25 29-Aug  
Mozambique x 24 30-Aug  
Botswana x 23 31-Aug  
Sudan x 23 31-Aug  
Congo - Republic of the Congo x 22 01-Sep  
Democratic Republic of the Congo x 22 01-Sep  
Nepal x 22 01-Sep  
Chad x 20 03-Sep  
Lebanon x 20 03-Sep  
South Africa x 20 03-Sep  
Zambia x 20 03-Sep  
Niger x 19 04-Sep  
Kiribati x 19 04-Sep Serviced by Sydney, Australia
Nauru x 19 04-Sep Serviced by Sydney, Australia
Tonga x 19 04-Sep Serviced by Sydney, Australia
Tuvalu x 19 04-Sep Serviced by Sydney, Australia
Bangladesh x 18 05-Sep  
Burundi x 18 05-Sep  
Fiji x 18 05-Sep  
Haiti x 18 05-Sep  
Gambia x 17 06-Sep  
Brazil x 16 07-Sep  
Guinea x 16 07-Sep  
Honduras x 16 05-Sep  
Cambodia x 15 08-Sep  
Cameroon x 15 08-Sep  
El Salvador x 15 08-Sep  
Grenada x 15 08-Sep  
Mali x 15 08-Sep  
Mauritania x 15 08-Sep  
Republic of the Congo x 15 08-Sep  
Sri Lanka x 15 08-Sep  
Bosnia and Herzegovina x 14 09-Sep  
Burkina Faso x 14 09-Sep  
Colombia x 14 09-Sep  
Côte d'Ivoire x 14 09-Sep  
Ivory Coast - see Cote d'Ivoire x 14 09-Sep  
Myanmar x 14 09-Sep  
Oman x 14 09-Sep  
Saudi Arabia x 14 09-Sep  
Uganda x 14 09-Sep  
Bahrain x 13 10-Sep  
Bhutan x 13 10-Sep  
Central African Republic x 13 10-Sep  
Comoros x 13 10-Sep  
Democratic People's Republic of Korea x 13 10-Sep  
Djibouti x 13 10-Sep  
Dominica x 13 10-Sep  
Ecuador x 13 10-Sep  
Equatorial Guinea x 13 10-Sep  
Eritrea x 13 10-Sep  
Guinea Bissau x 13 10-Sep  
India x 13 10-Sep  
Kosovo x 13 10-Sep  
Kuwait x 13 10-Sep  
Laos x 13 10-Sep  
Lesotho x 13 10-Sep  
Liberia x 13 10-Sep  
Malawi x 13 10-Sep  
Malaysia x 13 10-Sep  
Maldives x 13 10-Sep  
Micronesia x 13 10-Sep  
Montenegro x 13 10-Sep  
Namibia x 13 10-Sep  
Nicaragua x 13 10-Sep  
North Korea - see Democratic People's Republic Of Korea x 13 10-Sep  
Qatar x 13 10-Sep  
Saint Kitts and Nevis x 13 10-Sep  
Seychelles x 13 10-Sep  
Sierra Leone x 13 10-Sep  
Somalia x 13 10-Sep  
South Sudan x 13 10-Sep  
Suriname x 13 10-Sep  
Swaziland x 13 10-Sep  
Tajikistan x 13 10-Sep  
Timor-Leste ? 13 10-Sep  
Turkmenistan x 13 10-Sep  
Vanuatu x 13 10-Sep  
Algeria x 12 11-Sep  
Ethiopia x 12 11-Sep  
Gabon x 12 11-Sep  
Guatemala x 12 11-Sep  
Mauritius x 12 11-Sep  
Morocco x 12 11-Sep  
Philippines x 12 11-Sep  
Senegal x 12 11-Sep  
UAE x 12 11-Sep  
Cape Verde x 12 11-Sep Serviced by Dakar, Senegal
Albania x 11 12-Sep  
Belize x 11 12-Sep  
China x 11 12-Sep  
Israel - travelling with travel docuements not passport x 11 12-Sep  
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines x 11 12-Sep  
Serbia x 11 12-Sep  
Venezuela x 11 12-Sep  
Saint Lucia x 10 13-Sep  
Tanzania x 10 13-Sep  
Macedonia x 10 13-Sep Serviced by Vienna, Austria
Marshall Islands x 10 13-Sep Serviced by Manilla, Philppines
Palau x 10 13-Sep Serviced by Manilla, Philppines
Dominican Republic x 9 14-Sep  
Guyana x 9 14-Sep  
Moldova x 8 15-Sep  
Panama x 8 15-Sep  
Rwanda x 8 15-Sep  
Thailand x 8 15-Sep  
Armenia x 7 16-Sep  
Bolivia x 7 16-Sep  
Bulgaria x 7 16-Sep  
Costa Rica x 7 16-Sep  
Cuba x 7 16-Sep  
Egypt x 7 16-Sep  
Georgia x 7 16-Sep  
Kazakhstan x 7 16-Sep  
Kenya x 7 16-Sep  
Mongolia x 7 16-Sep  
Romania x 7 16-Sep  
Russia x 7 16-Sep  
Trinidad and Tobago x 7 16-Sep  
Tunisia x 7 16-Sep  
Uzbekistan x 7 16-Sep  
Azerbaijan x 6 17-Sep  
Kyrgyzstan x 6 17-Sep  
Macao - not represented as a separate country x 6 17-Sep  
Ukraine x 6 17-Sep  
Belarus x 5 18-Sep  
Mexico x 5 18-Sep  
Paraguay x 5 18-Sep  
Peru x 5 18-Sep  
Argentina x 4 19-Sep  
Turkey x 4 19-Sep  
Uruguay x 4 19-Sep  
Indonesia x 3 20-Sep  
East Timor x 3 20-Sep Serviced by Jakarta, Indonesia
Stateless x tbc