One Young World Enterprise for Peace Ambassadors
Since 2017, One Young World, in partnership with the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has collaborated to scale the impact of young leaders working to build and restore peace at both a community and global level.
The One Young World Summit 2021 in Munich will see 100 additional young leaders join the One Young World Enterprise for Peace and One Young World Peace Ambassador intiatives.
Each member of the 2021 cohort has shown evidenced commitment to building lasting peace, by directly tackling violence, countering the harmful effects of environmental change or promoting education to battle youth unemployment.
One Young World Peace Ambassadors
The One Young World Peace Ambassador programme, in partnership with the European Commission, supports young people working to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) in their communities
Since 2017, the European Commission has supported 125 young people in developing countries who are active in P/CVE and peacebuilding initiatives.
All of the selected candidates have an excellent track-record of leadership, are engaged in at least one, and often multiple, initiatives in their local communities and represent a diverse range of geographical backgrounds, religions and ideological affiliations to support peace globally.
Extremely Together is a counter-extremism initiative from the Kofi Annan Foundation. Launched at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, Extremely Together brings together 10 young counter-extremism activists and their organisations from around the world – including Syria, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK and the Philippines.
As One Young World Founding Counsellor, the late Kofi Annan said: “Extremism can hit any country, any region, at any time, and locations we don’t expect – schools, churches. So we are all in this together, and we need to find a way of countering it.”
Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence
In 2018 One Young World brought together a first-of-its-kind coalition of young leaders who are dedicated to ending the plight of sexual violence around the world. Following their presentation at the One Young World Summit, the young leaders have continued to support each other and hosted the first Survivors Town Hall at the United Nations.
After several years of violence, Colombia is building a new future in peace. Compaz Foundation, founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos - seeks to create, encourage, and connect people to actively make a difference both nationally and internationally. In line with this mission, One Young World and Compaz Foundation launched the Young Peace Builders Scholarship. In its first year this programme will enable Colombian young leaders who paving the way for a peaceful future to participate in the annual One Young World Summit 2021 and receive expert mentorship to support their impact.
World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates (WSNPL) has launched a five-year partnership with One Young World, with the shared goal of equipping young leaders to make a difference at a community and global level. The Permanent Secretariat of the WSNPL also recognizes the important role that youth play in promoting messages of peace, and established its Youth Program, Leading by Example, in 2012. The partnership affords One Young World the opportunity to bring a delegation of One Young World Ambassadors to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, where they will also have the opportunity to host a Youth Workshop or PeaceLab.