It’s hard to believe One Young World 2018 has already come to a close. Catch up on the final day by checking out these top 12 moments:
1. Terry Crews: Ending the “cult” of masculinity
Actor, artist, activist, and former American football player Terry Crews joined the OYW stage for the first time. Crews led a powerful session, urging men to advocate for women’s rights and give up abuses of power.
2. Pushing Past Plastic Pollution
Ambassador initiatives have impacted 17,418 people in sustainable production and consumption, from driving plastics recycling to leading sustainable fishing practices. Read the recap of the environmental session here.
3. Social enterprises for better health
Once again on this year’s OYW stage, Counsellors and delegates discussed the global prevention and treatment of diseases. Laurent Faracci opened the session on the importance of healthy sex and sex education. Eliminating smoking, digitising healthcare and setting up clinics are ways some of the delegates are striving to solve these challenges.
4. Standing up for an inclusion revolution
To this day, OYW is one of the few international leadership forums that puts disability as a main stage agenda item. From education to the business community, activists Oscar Anderson and Caroline Casey shared real examples of the discrimination they’ve faced and called for a more inclusive society.
5. Ambassadors in action acknowledged for social mobility efforts
Olu Odubajo presented on the platform he created, KPMG Black Entrepreneurs’ Award, to help smash the glass ceiling that young black British talent faces. Barbara Gonzalez spoke on the launch of her Belong Committee in Costa Rica. Kenny Imafidon and Tabata Amaral de Pontes encouraged young people to make change by changing politicians, citing Tabata’s recent election win in Brazil.
6. OYW Mary Robinson speaks on climate justice
“We have to cut greenhouse gas emissions globally by 45 percent by 2030,” said Mary Robinson. To achieve this, Robinson encouraged delegates to do more, to be energy efficient, to eat less meat and take care of the oceans.
“It’s your world. It’s your now. It’s your future. So let’s work at it!”— J&J Global Health (@JNJGlobalHealth) October 20, 2018
Former Prime Minister of Ireland Mary Robinson calls on #OYW2018 young leaders to join together to improve our climate and build a healthier world. pic.twitter.com/TfIuvjcpUR
7. Jayathma Wickramanayake presents Lead2030
UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, presented her vision to engage and empower young leaders from all sectors to be active agents of the Lead2030 agenda. Formed by One Young World, Lead2030 is the first coalition of global businesses working together to support youth-led innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.
"Young people have inherited a world plagued by the actions of previous generations. We remain resilient & confident, despite being faced with what seems like insurmountable challenges" says @UNYouthEnvoy @jayathmadw.— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) October 20, 2018
https://t.co/xhPL7h5y6Y#OYW2018 #Youth2030 #Lead2030 pic.twitter.com/Kv7b90iQp0
8. Curving global GHG emissions with Mission 2020
Architect of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, is on a mission to drive urgent action to limit the effects of climate change, particularly for the most vulnerable people and countries. With deep listening, passionate engagement, radical collaboration and stubborn optimism, she believes society can reach a turning point and reduce global GHG emissions.
9. Mission Subzero: How smart mobility contributes to a livable tomorrow
Nils Wollny, head of digital business at AUDI AG, discussed the sustainability, digitalisation and urbanisation challenges the world faces today. Wollny shared the company’s effort to not just put more electric vehicles on the market, but to make them carbon neutral.
10. Reducing inequalities in the LGBT+ community
A panel of speakers including Angela Darlington, Antonio Zappulla, Mark Tewksbury and Woody Milintachinda discussed how LGBT+ rights have progressed and what challenges and hurdles that still need to be overcome.
11. Spotlight on the international criminal just system
The first female Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, discusses the role that young people can play in achieving international criminal justice and creating a more just world.
"I have full faith in the new generation, your talents and energy to do things for the common good." - @FatuBensouda, Prosecutor of the @IntlCrimCourt.— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) October 20, 2018
12. Promoting tolerance through sports
Drawing on their own personal journeys, world class athletes reflected on the ways in which they have overcome obstacles, responded to pressure and how their personal experiences and careers have influenced their fans and supporters and the extent to which the Olympics and other major sporting events can alter public opinion.