London officially welcomes #OYW2019


The One Young World baton has officially been handed over to next year's host city, London. 

During the Closing Ceremony of the One Young World 2018 Summit in The Hague, Mayor Pauline Krikke handed over the baton to Nick Heath, Deputy British Ambassador to The Netherlands. "I am so honoured to receive this baton on behalf of my hometown, and one of the world's great cities, London" he said as he introduced a video address from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. 


The Mayor of London shared his delight at welcoming One Young World back to London for it's Tenth Anniversary Summit, and had an important message for delegates. "In advance of your visit to our city next year, I want you to know that London is, and always will be, open to you all".

London born supermodel and activist, Naomi Campbell, then addressed delegates on the significance of One Young World coming to London. She told delegates "You can all make a difference and lead the world upward and forward into positive directions. Look around all of you here tonight - this is your support group. By uniting and standing together, you will be unstoppable". 

The London handover was brought to a close by a traditional UK marching band, and performances from UK streetdance crew Flawless and singer Jay Sean. 




The Tenth Anniversary Summit in London will be the largest ever staged, with young leaders from every country in the world coming together in Westminster between October 22nd and 25th, 2019. Registrations will open later this year.