One Young World Announces Manchester as 2022 Host City

We are pleased to announce Manchester as the Host City for our One Young World Summit in 2022.

Originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, we made the decision to switch host city to ensure as many delegates as possible from across the globe are able to attend.


The Summit will take place at the Manchester Central conference centre from September 5th to 8th, with the Opening Ceremony held at the internationally renowned concert venue Bridgewater Hall – home of the BBC Philharmonic. Over 2,000 young leaders from more than 190 countries will gather in the city for a variety of speeches, panels, workshops and networking sessions.

Kate Robertson and David Jones, Co-Founders, One Young World said: 


“We’re delighted to bring the One Young World Summit to Manchester in September. Whilst we are saddened to no longer hold the Summit in Tokyo this year, we send our huge thanks to their team and look forward to Tokyo hosting our Summit in the near future.


“From football and music to innovation, Manchester is known around the world as a city that truly inspires young people, not least in its efforts to become a fairer, greener place to live and work. We know it will be a truly inspirational host for the One Young World delegates and the team is excited to make the Summit in September the best one yet for everyone attending in-person and virtually.


“The world has changed so much in the last two years, and it has been heartening to see how many people are stepping up and taking action to lead us into a brighter future. This year our Summit will focus on some of the world’s biggest challenges such as conflict prevention, safeguarding our oceans, and ethical leadership. The time to act on these issues is now.”

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said:


“It’s great news that Manchester has been selected as a host city for this year’s One Young World Summit in September. Our city-region has a proud history of championing equality and justice, and our global community continues to attract people from all around the world to study, work, and thrive here.


“There is no better place than Manchester – the home of ‘deeds, not words’ – for exceptional young leaders, heads of state, activists, and business leaders to come together to find solutions to some of the most important issues facing our world. This is the largest global gathering of young people representing every single country in the world outside of the Olympics, and one of the most significant, and we are proud to be a part of that. I look forward to welcoming all the One Young World delegates to Manchester.”

If you have applied for a Summit scholarship for Tokyo, your application will automatically be considered for Manchester and you do not have to do anything further.


If you have not applied for the One Young World Summit 2022 and would like to, we are still accepting applications. 

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