Revisit the top moments from the 10th Annual #OYW2019 Summit

Catch up on the top moments from the 10th Annual One Young World Summit... 

A special appearance from One Young World Counsellor, The Duchess of Sussex

One Young World was delighted to welcome Meghan Markle, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, back to the 2019 Summit.

Meghan Markle

MC Warwick Davis

British Actor, Warwick Davis, MC'ed the Opening Ceremony.

Warwick Davis

North Korean & South Korean Delegates: A Symbol of Peace

The delegate flagbearers from North and South Korea hold hands during the iconic flagbearer ceremony in a touching moment promoting peace.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, declares London 'open'

The Mayor of London declared London 'open' as he welcomed delegates to the international city.

“You will always be welcome in London”

Incredible performances from Guilford School of Acting, National Centre for Circus Arts and The Brit School

More than 200 performers from a range of backgrounds opened One Young World London 2019 to the soundtrack of “London’s Calling” by The Clash, choreographed by Nikki Trow.

Leading UK sustainable fashion designer Patrick McDowell dressed all performers in 100% sustainable costumes using only reclaimed fabrics and organic materials.

Jay Sean welcomed back to #OYW2019 for the second year running

Jay Sean

One Young World Counsellor, Fernando Montano, dances for the oceans 

Delegates ended the night at the spectacular Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Lead2030 - Working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake kicked off proceedings with an update on Lead2030 and progress towards working towards the SDGs.

Jayathma Wickramanayake

Maria Juliana Ruiz on growing young talent The First Lady of Columbia, Maria Juliana Ruiz talked about youth empowerment.

Saving the Ocean from plastic

Entrepreneur and Marine Conservationist, Chris Gorell-Barnes talked about how we can tackle plastic pollution through marine protection and restoration and in doing so secure global goal 14. Chris introduced Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch, who shared his incredible journey of the Sky Ocean Rescue plan - #PassOnPlastic

Solving the dual challenge of reducing carbon emissions and providing energy

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley and chief economist Spencer Dale illustrated the problem and the role that energy companies, governments, and society, can play in meeting this challenge.

Oneness of Humanity - an Interfaith discussion

Moderated by One Young World Counsellor Mohamed Amersi, the One Young World Interfaith Dialogue convened global leaders from a wide range of faith communities around the world.

How can saving the most endangered species on earth help save the planet?

Supermodel and philanthropist Doutzen Kroes introduced primatologist & anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall who spoke about her lifelong career working with some of the most endangered species on earth and the balance between the treatment of animals and the health of the planet.

Ellie Goulding’s exclusive address

In this session Ellie represents Global Goal 13, and makes a powerful argument for us to listen and connect and tell the great stories of change and opportunity, and why sometimes the Earth needs a meme!

Ellie Goulding

PLENARY - Planetary Health; how is climate change endangering our health?

Our Planetary Health Plenary Session was themed: “Planetary Health; how is climate change endangering our health?” With air pollution killing 7 million a year and harming billions more, how can young leaders find new ways to protect people from illness by first curing our stricken planet?

Welcome back to One Young World's self-professed 'Grumpy Uncle' Bob Geldof 

One Young World Counsellor, Bob Geldof, delivered an impactful address on the importance of young leadership.

One Young World Politician of the Year Awards

The One Young World Politician of the Year Award was established last year to celebrate the most impressive and impactful politicians aged 35 and under. The 2019 shortlist exemplifies the outstanding achievements of young leaders who have infiltrated the old guard of politics worldwide. From that list of 20 exceptional politicians, the expert judging panel have selected five honorees for their outstanding leadership. The winners are Juan Guaidó, Mbali Ntuli, Thórdís Gylfadóttir, Hervé Berville and Magid Magid.

Towards a world without packaging waste

James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola, is determined that Coca-Cola play a leading role in eliminating packaging waste. He explained how the company is working to collect and reuse a bottle or can for every one that it sells, and of the innovation, collaboration and partnerships that will make this possible.

Don't Change Yourself, Change the Game

Halima Aden, the first hijab-wearing model to be signed to a major agency talked to our delegates about her journey from being born and raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya to finding the passion for change and community.

Professor Muhammad Yunus and Achieving the Three Zeros

One Young World Counselor Professor Muhammad Yunus discussed his mission to eradicate three unintended and harmful after-effects of unrestrained capitalism and how he intends to improve prospects for everyone.

Is volunteering doing more harm than good?

Surprise guest, JK Rowling, and Lumos launched the new #HelpingNotHelping campaign, which aims to end orphanage tourism and volunteering. You can find out more here

Modern Day Slavery Grace Forrest, Ilia Calderon and Yeonmi Park

Diversity in the Fashion and Lifestyle publications Editor of UK Vogue Edward Enninful

The Craftory and One Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was created to identify and promote the world’s most revolutionary young entrepreneurs. The award honours five leaders – aged 35 and under – who have been judged on the positive social impact of their business ventures and how they are inspiring others with their leadership. The winners are Severin Hacker, Catherine Mahugu, (Kathryn Minshew), Srikanth Bolla and Elissa Freiha. One Young World Trustee Elio Leoni Sceti, who is also Chief Crafter & Co-Founder of The Craftory, introduces the session reflecting on the evolution of Purpose-driven business, FMCG 2.0, and delivering righteous causes brand by brand.

The Kofi Annan Lecture

Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), Nobel Peace Laureate and the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, was one of our original Counsellors and a cherished friend to One Young World. To honour Kofi Annan and his legacy, we are proud to be staging The Kofi Annan Lecture 2019 in London.


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