Politician of the Year Award

One Young World’s Politician of the Year Award has been created to recognise the 5 most promising young politicians between the age of 18 and 35 years old from around the world who are having the greatest impact in their home countries and communities and have been using their position to benefit young people.

It is the first global award of its kind and has been created to counter the low level of engagement in politics and disillusionment with political processes which young people are experiencing around the world. Despite young people increasingly being recognised as playing leading roles in business and civil society, the level of youth engagement in politics worldwide remains disappointingly low.

In 2016 fewer than two percent of Members of Parliament around the world are under the age of 35 and almost 30 percent of the world’s parliaments have no members under that age.

This lack of representation carries with it a risk of leaving a generation feeling disconnected from the political processes of their countries when over half of the world’s population is under 30.

The purpose of this award is to highlight the work of those young politicians who are using their position to make a difference to the lives of other young people in their countries and to encourage others who are not in politics and may not have considered it as a vocation to do so.

The Award will be presented at the One Young World Summit every year. The inaugural Award will be presented to the 5 winners at One Young World 2018 in The Hague, which takes place from 17th-20th October.

The Award winners will be chosen by an international panel of judges with first-hand experience of politics. Their decisions will be based upon the work which young elected or public officials have been carrying out in their own countries and communities and the benefit and impact which it has had on young people.

To be considered for the award the following criteria must be met:

  • The nominee must be between 18 and 35 years old
  • The nominee must hold/have held elected or appointed office at any political level (local, national or supranational)
  • The nominee must have had a tangible and material impact on young people in their communities
  • The nominee’s actions should highlight the importance of political participation as a way to effect positive change

 

In addition to receiving the award at the Summit award winners will receive:

  • Access to the entirety of the One Young World Summit 2018 in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Hotel accommodation on a shared basis for the duration of the Summit, 17 to 20 (inclusive) October 2018

Deadline: 6pm BST, 25th July 2018

Judges

Matthew Barzun

Matthew Barzun

Former US Ambassador to the UK and Sweden

Vinicio Cerezo at the Bogota summit

Vinicio Cerezo

First democratically elected President of Guatemala and current Secretary General of the Central American Integration System

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Malaysian Member of Parliament and a senior political figure from the state of Kelantan.

Christine Ockrent at a One Young World summit

Christine Ockrent

Political journalist and ‘First Lady of French Television’

 

 

FAQs

One Young World Politician of the Year Award is an initiative designed to recognise five outstanding politicians under the age of 35, from anywhere in the world, who are using their positions to have a positive impact young people in their communities and countries. It is the first award to recognise politicians from around the world and the work they are carrying out and will be an annual prize presented to the winners at the One Young World Summit each year.

Despite young people increasingly being recognised as playing leading roles in business and civil society, the level of youth engagement in politics worldwide remains disappointingly low. In 2016 fewer than 2 percent of Members of Parliament around the world are under the age of 35 and almost 30 percent of the world’s parliaments have no members under that age. This lack of representation carries with it a risk of leaving a generation feeling disconnected from the political processes of their countries when over half of the world’s population is under 30. The Politician of the Year Award was created to highlight the work of those young politicians who are making a difference in their countries and to encourage others to consider public office as a vocation worth pursuing.

The Award winners will be chosen by an international panel of judges with first-hand experience of politics. Their decisions will be based upon the work which young elected or public officials have been carrying out in their own countries and communities and the benefit and impact which it has had. Their work must highlight the importance of political participation as a way to effect positive change.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications being received we will be unable to provide you with individual feedback.

Yes, this is an open competition which is open to anyone as long as they currently hold or have recently held elected or appointed office at any political level (local, national or supranational).

Yes, this is not a bar to applying as long as the election took place within the last year, since July 2017.

Yes, there is no restriction to applying again and if you have made a greater impact through legislation passed and initiatives taken in the course of the year your application will be considered as a completely new application without any reference to previous applications.

In addition to the award itself, winners will be provided with:

· Access to the One Young World Summit 2018 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

· Hotel accommodation on a shared basis between 17 October and 20 October 2018.

· Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

· Transport between the Summit accommodation and the Summit venue.

· Summit hand-outs and support materials.

· The cost of travel to and from The Hague. Your flight to and from The Hague must depart from and return to one and the same international airport.

Please note that if you are ultimately selected for a Scholarship and require a visa to enter The Netherlands to attend the One Young World Summit 2018, you will be required to pay a Schengen visa fee yourself. The Schengen visa costs €60 EUR plus the applicable service charge of your local visa application centre. The costs of the visa and the applicable service charge as well as any further costs associated with the visa application (including travel to and from the visa application centre and medical travel insurance required for your visa application) fall on you as the participant

To be considered for the award the following criteria must be met:

· The nominee must be between 18 and 35 years old

· The nominee must hold/have held elected or appointed office at any political level (local, national or supranational)

· The nominee must have had a tangible and material impact on their communities

· The nominee’s actions should highlight the importance of political participation as a way to effect positive change

You can apply through the One Young World Politician of the Year Award page on our website by submitting your details/the details of the person you would like to nominate. Nominations will close on 15th July 2018. The strongest applications will be shortlisted between 15th July and 20th July and the judges will decide on the 5 winners by the end of July. You will be contacted individually by a member of the One Young World team after 30th July if you have won. Please note that we cannot guarantee any applicant that they will be shortlisted. Please note that, due to the overwhelming amount of applications we receive, One Young World is unable to respond to individual emails enquiring about the outcome of the All Bar None selection process.