Live Agenda 2019

This is only a skeleton agenda and will be updated closer to the Summit.

9.30am - 4.00pm
Queen Elizabeth II Centre


An opportunity to network with fellow One Young World delegates in the Exhibition areas Fleming and Whittle, Floor 3

Exhibition Opens

Exhibition Area at 10.00am

12.00pm - 4.00pm
Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Stage Content Open

Content will run consecutively across three QEII stages on the ground and third floor from midday until 16:00hrs.

Queen Elizabeth II Centre


5.30pm - 8.00pm
Royal Albert Hall

Opening Ceremony

The One Young World Opening Ceremony marks the official beginning of the One Young World Summit 23 – 25 October and will be hosted at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, built at the behest of Queen Victoria for her late husband, Prince Albert. The concert hall will host 5,000 guests and will welcome One Young World Delegates to London. The Opening Ceremony is a celebration the with cultural entertainment, keynote speeches from global figures, and the Flag Bearing Ceremony featuring Delegates representing 190+ countries and sets the tone for the rest of the Summit.

8.00pm - 11.00pm
Natural History Museum

Delegates Dinner

Opening Dinner will take place on 22 October in the Natural History Museum, one of London’s most iconic buildings and a centre of pioneering scientific research, education and conservation.
The purpose of the dinner is to provide One Young World Delegates with the opportunity to network and to celebrate the start of the Summit.

Wednesday 23rd October

Central Hall Westminster

Lead2030 - working towards the SDG's

In 2015, 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious road map to create a better world by 2030. From ending extreme poverty to protecting our oceans, the Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious plan to create a sustainable future. To make this future a reality, we need a generation of young leaders who are meaningfully engaged with the Global Goals and are working purposefully to achieve them.

One Young World partners have committed $500,000 to support and scale the world's most impactful youth-led initiatives. This initiative launched in The Hague and formed by One Young World, Lead2030 is the first coalition of global businesses working together to support youth-led innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake introduces the effect of this initiative after its first year. 

Be courageous, be curious

The world faces many challenges that we will need to solve together. As a (future) leader, what can you do to make this world a better place? What will your impact be? What will you do? How can we do more, faster, together?

Too little, too late, can we save the Ocean from plastic?

The oceans are our life support system and if they fail we fail. The oceans are in critical condition. They are being exploited from over fishing , polluted with plastic and warming from carbon emissions.
We cannot solve the climate crisis without solving the ocean crisis first.

Entrepreneur and Marine Conservationist, Chris Gorell-Barnes talks about how we can solve this crisis through marine protection and restoration and in doing so secure global goal 14. Chris introduces Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch, who shares his incredible journey of the Sky Ocean Rescue plan - #PassOnPlastic

Bob Geldof keynote

Bob Geldof is a singer, songwriter, author, and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats, and today is widely recognised for his activism, particularly his anti-poverty efforts in Africa. Friend to One Young World and one of our very first Counsellors, attending the Summit in London in 2010. Bob delivers his impactful opening address.​

Responsibility in times of transformation

At last year’s summit, Peter Schwarzenbauer argued that that a company’s long-term right to exist depends on the ability to reflect on the role of business and the authentic articulation of purpose to actively shape the future we want to live in. This year, he takes purpose to the next level: What are the main trends that are challenging todays economy? How can big companies help to solve todays problems and simultaneously shape their profile to exist also in the future?

Solving the dual challenge

The world faces a dual challenge: the need to reduce carbon emissions to net zero, while providing the increasing energy necessary for the world to continue to grow and prosper. Any sustainable path for the global energy system requires both challenges to be met: the need for more energy, and less carbon, as set out in the Paris Agreement. BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley and chief economist Spencer Dale illustrate this problem and examine 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 will convene global leaders from a wide range of faith communities around the world. Addressing our global audience of young leaders, all from different beliefs, religions, cultures and traditions, the faith leaders will share their insights on the significance of interfaith cooperation and the strength of unity. This session will also explore achieving pluralism in our incredibly diverse but interdependent world and how accepting the oneness of humanity is key to just, peaceful and inclusive societies.​

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Catering Starts


The workshop programme will run throughout the whole Summit, and you are able to attend only one of these workshops. You can select a workshop during your registration. It is important that you attend the workshop you select as this is where your refreshments will be served.

An Audience with Fernando Montaño

Reference: WS036

Room name: Cambridge

Hosted by: Colombian Delegation

Fernando Montaño is a Colombian dancer and Soloist of The Royal Ballet. Fernando studied at the Colombian and Cuban National Ballet schools and graduated into Cuban National Ballet in 2004.
He has twice won Personality of the Year award at the LUKAS Awards (2013, 2014), celebrating prominent Latin figures in the UK. His other awards include prizes at the International Ballet Contest, Havana, a Citation of Honor (New York) and an honour from the President of Colombia. He has modelled for Vivienne Westood and choreographed and danced Alchemy for her Banqueting House catwalk show in 2008. Fernando is also a patron of the charity Children of the Andes, an organisation that he helped in arranging the charity galas ‘Fernando and Friends’.


How do we better engage the youth on one of the world’s biggest but largely unknown planetary health issues?

Reference: WS001

Room name: Victoria

Hosted by: Centrient Pharmaceuticals and GSK

The issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now seen as one of the biggest threats to planetary health, on a scale similar to climate change. Studies show that the youth are the highest users of antibiotics and are more likely than other age groups to take them for infections that do not need antibiotics. This workshop is an exciting opportunity for you to actively shape how pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders engage young people in combating AMR.

People, the environment and inspiring behaviour change: what makes us tick?

Reference: WS002

Roon name: Albert

Hosted by: Hubbub

Despite increased awareness about the impact that our current lifestyle is having on the planet, most of us carry on our lives as normal. This workshop will look at how people make decisions, how we can use behavioural insights and design thinking to engage people, and how we can change behaviour on environmental issues.

Positive partnering for positive peace

Reference: WS003

Room name: Gielgud

Hosted by: London School of Economics and Institute for Economics and Peace

How can we adapt international development goals to local situations? How can diverse stakeholders from the private, public and civil society sectors work together? This workshop will provide you with concrete tools to address complex peacebuilding challenges in your day-to-day environments, and to establish effective partnerships with diverse stakeholders.

Can AI help the World?

Reference: WS004

Room name: Redgrave & Burton

Hosted by: AI Foundation

AI has the potential to be dangerous, yes - but the future of our world will depend on its use! Could AI save the world, starting with you? Join AI Foundation for a session focused on practical applications of Artificial Intelligence for good. Discussion will centre around the work of One Young World delegates in attendance, and ways AI could pitch in & help. You will be given the tools to create your very own AI “Mindtwin”, for immediate use!

Resiliency for Change Makers: How to adapt, recover, and grow in an always-on world

Reference: WS005

Room name: Olivier

Hosted by: Johnson & Johnson

Knowing how to adapt, recover, and grow in the face of adversity is what fuels your ability to be a young, resilient, and impactful change maker – now and in the future. Join Johnson & Johnson to explore how you can build the resilience of yourself and your community in today’s fast paced and complex world.

The biggest global health emergency you’ve probably never heard of - and how to solve it

Reference: WS006

Room name: Windsor

Hosted by: The Wellcome Trust

Antibiotics are one of the great success stories of modern medicine, adding on average 20 years to our lifespan. But what if they stopped working? That’s a reality already facing all countries across the world, where drug-resistant superbugs are spreading and causing untreatable infections, and it’s getting worse. It’s estimated that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will claim the lives of an estimated 10m people a year.

But we can turn the tide against this threat. In this participatory session, leading global health charity The Wellcome Trust invite you to discover the threat superbugs pose to our future, and the role you can play in helping solve this growing health crisis.

Making rights a reality with young human rights defenders

Reference: WS007

Room name: Mountbatten

Hosted by: Amnesty International

This workshop will be led by a team of youth activists and staff from across Amnesty International’s global movement. Through interactive activities, you will explore the role that human rights play in your lives by drawing on and sharing experiences when you have stood up for something you believe in. The workshop will feature testimonies from young human rights defenders themselves, and will culminate in a unified campaign action that all participants can partake in together.

Central Hall Westminster

Climate Change, Human Rights and Me

Join Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo, and youth activist Jaime Wong as they discuss one of the biggest issues facing us today - climate change. Together they will explore why climate justice is a human rights issue, how young people are claiming spaces and exercising their right to protest, and how climate change is affecting each of us.

We instead of me – addressing cultural change in disruptive times

Sustainability is more than environmental protection. Sustainability is the framework for responsible actions in both our everyday professional and personal life. Audi shares its understanding of thought leadership and his views on sustainable behavior within the company – an organisation going through a fundamental cultural change. Cultural change and a culture of trust cannot be ordered from above. At the same time, innovations and changes within the industry demand a distinct leadership. The mission is to inspire customers and employees likewise: Audi has to live up to its name – meaning “to listen” in Latin.

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

SDG 15 - Life on Land and the protection of the species of our planet. Supermodel and philanthropist Doutzen Kroes introduces primatologist & anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall who speaks 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: the greatest story is now

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding knows how to connect. She was recently recognised by the music industry having secured the most entries for any British female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart this century. Overall her songs and videos secure billions of streams worldwide. She is also an environmental activist, formally acknowledged in the UN Environment Global Ambassador role she has held since 2017, but privately held as a passion since childhood. In this exclusive address to One Young World she tells the story of how she built the confidence to speak out on the climate emergency, to hang out with some of the greatest scientists working in Earth Science today and why she felt moved to ask more questions on behalf of her fans. Today, wherever possible, Ellie shares her platform and stage with activists and climate scientists. She considers them the heroes of her generation. ‘My time on earth coincides with an extraordinary group of people facing down threat and opportunity. It would be weird if that didn’t move me!’ she says. 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!

Building Resilience for a Domino Effect of Change

Mental health challenges continue to have a devastating impact on individuals, families, communities and economies globally. Chronic mental illnesses are particularly harmful for youth as effects can last a lifetime, resulting in loss of hope, productivity and economic growth. Yet, varying stigmas and perceptions of mental illness across cultures prevent people from getting the care they need. Mental health is particularly essential to building resilience. And resilience, the ability to adapt, recover and grow in the face of adversity, is what enables change makers to maximize their impact and well-being. As a long-time advocate and expert, Johnson & Johnson is committed to be a leader in the next chapter in mental health and building resilient leaders on the front lines of care. Hear how the Company is building a network of resilient change makers who are the heart of healthy communities, generating a domino effect changing the trajectory of health for humanity.

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

Our Planetary Health Plenary Session is themed: “Planetary Health; how is climate change endangering our health?”

Air pollution is killing 7 million a year and harming billions more.

Not only is it fuelling climate change and destroying planetary health, it is creating a public health “time bomb”. Until we stop poisoning the planet, we will continue to make humans ill.

Nine out of ten of the world’s children are breathing toxic air, the World Health Organisation revealed last October. The WHO study found that 600,000 children were dying annually from respiratory infection.

Urbanisation is exacerbating the problem. Unesco predicts that by 2030 5 billion people (61% of the world’s population) will live in cities. This migration is being increased by climate change, which is having a profound impact on human health.

From direct effects caused by floods, droughts, and heatwaves through to indirect effects such as bad harvests and poor water quality, climate change is a major contributor to heart and lung disease, malnutrition and mental illness.

Among the One Young World community, 76% believe this generation will leave the planet in a better state than it is currently. Our Ambassador projects tackle air pollution in Africa, through the use of smokeless briquettes for cooking, to maintaining clean and sustainable water supplies in rural Peru. Schemes have educated 1,674,953,868 on environmental sustainability and impacted 1,342,595 people in getting access to physical and mental health services.

Can young leaders find new ways to protect people from illness by first curing our stricken planet?

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break


The workshop programme will run throughout the whole Summit, and you are able to attend only one of these workshops. You can select a workshop during your registration.

Guardians to Secure a Healthy Planet for All

Reference: WS014

Room name: Mountbatten

Hosted by: InterAction Council

We are at the threshold of a sixth mass extinction, and stand at a critical juncture of history. Over the next decade, we are the generation that holds the responsibility to reverse the epidemic explosion of carbon emissions and to urgently stabilise the risks from runaway climate change. This workshop outlines the “Manifesto to Secure a Healthy Planet for All”, which calls for emergency action, and how to become a Guardian for a Healthy Planet.

Social Mobility: The power of collaboration between corporates and third sector

Reference: WS010

Room name: Gielgud

Hosted by: MUFG

How can corporates reach out to the local communities to support young people in the highest poverty areas in London? This workshop is a collaborative approach between MUFG and Mentoring Works to raise aspirations and equip the next generation of young people with the right skills and experiences for a better chance to succeed in life.

Driving change within large corporations: how to drive change and influence from the bottom up

Reference: WS012

Room name: Olivier

Hosted by: RB

It can be hard to enact change from the lower levels of large organisations and so this workshop will equip you with the tools to take everything you will learn at One Young World, back into the workplace to drive the purpose agenda and become true ambassadors for change. The workshop be facilitated by past One Young World Ambassadors who have since set up a council of purpose-driven young leaders within RB, and who will share their personal experiences within RB.

Can AI help the World?

Reference: WS011

Room name: Redgrave & Burton

Hosted by: AI Foundation

AI has the potential to be dangerous, yes - but the future of our world will depend on its use! Could AI save the world, starting with you? Join AI Foundation for a session focused on practical applications of Artificial Intelligence for good. Discussion will centre around the work of One Young World delegates in attendance, and ways AI could pitch in & help. You will be given the tools to create your very own AI “Mindtwin”, for immediate use!

How to discover your purpose

Reference: WS008

Room name: Victoria

Hosted by: BP

Why does your organisation really exist and what role does it play in society? By attending this workshop, you’ll learn about the benefits of purpose and how to influence your organisations to become purpose driven, and leave inspired and equipped with the tools you need to answer that question!

Temperature check

Reference: WS013

Room name: Windsor

Hosted by: The Wellcome Trust

Created by Coney and commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, you will take part in an immersive game which aims to spark change in planetary health. The game will place you in the seat of political power with the ability to make decisions that can both mitigate climate impacts and improve the health of your citizens. By exploring planetary health concepts within a game environment, you will gain a better understanding of the relationship between the climate crisis and health, and how "win-win" solutions can be adopted.

Expanding access to medicines and healthcare in your community

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Room name: Albert

Hosted by: Novartis

We will bring together delegates from different industries, disciplines and economies to find smart solutions to improve access to medicines and healthcare and design learning experiences so you can identify and address challenges related to the topic in your communities.

Central Hall Westminster

Michael Møller and Douglas Booth in conversation

UN Perceptions Michael Møller, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the 12th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva in conversation with Actor Douglas Booth who has been a UNHCR Supporter since 2015 helping to raise awareness and funds for refugees and advocating for their rights. In a world increasingly shaped by climate change, poverty and conflict, the SDGs cannot be achieved without taking into account the rights and needs of refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. Michael and Douglas discuss the UN's role in helping these displaced people.

Partnerships' impact on growing young talent

Politician of the Year

The 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 honourees for their outstanding leadership. The winners are Juan Guaidó, Mbali Ntuli, Thórdís Gylfadóttir, Hervé Berville and Magid Magid

Thursday 24th October

Central Hall Westminster

Ambassadors in Action

Leading by example, One Young World Ambassadors from various sectors explain the ways in which they used their previous experiences at One Young World Summits to launch these initiatives within their companies and the wider community. The case studies demonstrate the ways in which this year's cohort of delegates can take the inspiration they gain in London and turn it into meaningful impact.

Towards a world without packaging waste

With plastic waste threatening the health of our oceans, rethinking the way we use and conserve the earth’s resources is crucial. We need to move urgently towards a world where a circular economy thrives and plastic is seen as a valuable resource. James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola, is determined that Coca-Cola play a leading role in eliminating packaging waste. He will explain 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.

Keynote: Juergen Maier

Juergen Maier CBE, CEO Siemens plc, explores how businesses that want to flourish in the Fourth Industrial Revolution must embrace inclusive, sustainable capitalism. And what the Future of Work means for employees.


Halima Aden

Linking Business & Education

The majority of the world’s young people are living in developing countries. Many of those young people live in contexts characterized by high levels of job uncertainty and ambiguity, and where formal jobs are scarce and even informal jobs are difficult to find. Addressing these complex challenges requires the identification of innovative and inclusive growth opportunities in an integrated manner. Therefore, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed Tijmen Rooseboom as an ‘Ambassador Youth, Education and Work’. He will address the need for an integrated approach where education is reformed to 21st century needs so that young people become agile for what the future of work might bring and he will address businesses that hiring young people can bring innovation and growth to one’s company. The main way for growth to improve living standards and reduce poverty rates is through rising labor incomes in sectors where skill development and technological learning promote more productivity growth which in turn can lead to more jobs. This is particularly important if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Those global goals aim to end extreme poverty, halt climate change, and fight inequality. And that requires us to address the root causes of socioeconomic issues. Young people’s ideas, innovations and entrepreneurial projects are therefore crucial in order to achieve the SDG’s by 2030.

An Introduction to Professor Muhammad Yunus and Achieving the Three Zeros

Hans Reitz and Lamiya Morshed introduce Nobel Peace Laureate & Founder of the Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus and introduce his mission to eradicate three unintended and harmful after effects of unrestrained capitalism and how he intends to improve prospects for everyone

Plenary Session- Poverty Alleviation Can innovation solve economic inequality?

The global economy is projected to grow by 3.5% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund, while the number of people officially living in poverty has tumbled to a record low of 655m, around 9% of the world’s population. y

Despite this, the World Bank believes that the United Nations sustainable development goal of eradicating poverty by 2030 is unlikely to be met. The UN set the target in 2015 but the World Bank warned in December that 480m - 6% of the global population - will still be living on less than $1.90 a day when the deadline arrives.

Yet while many go without, the rich get richer. By 2030 the richest 1% of the world’s population will control almost two-thirds (64%) of global wealth, according to research conducted by the British House of Commons released last year. Their combined assets are set to rise from $140 trillion in 2018 to $305 trillion 12 years later.

One Young World Ambassador initiatives have given employability and entrepreneurial skills training to 652,500 students. Our projects have helped 202,970 people to overcome poverty and giving access to affordable energy, clean water and sanitation.

How can young entrepreneurs ensure a more sustainable and inclusive path to economic growth that benefits the poor as well as the wealth creators themselves?

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Catering starts


The workshop programme will run throughout the whole Summit, and you are able to attend only one of these workshops. You can select a workshop during your registration. It is important that you attend the workshop you select as this is where your refreshments will be served.

African Agency in the International System - Youth and Influence

Reference: WS021

Room name: Mountbatten

Hosted by: Chatham House

60% of the population of Africa is under the age of 25. The question arises, what role will young Africans play in shaping the world over the coming decades? As African states’ influence, and ability to pursue objectives and interests, on the global stage continues to increase, this panel facilitated by Chatham House will explore how the continent’s youth connect with international decision-making on the longstanding issues that affect their future, and the ways in which they are reshaping popular perceptions of the continent.

Who made this T-shirt? Tackling slavery in fashion supply chains

Reference: WS018

Room name: Redgrave & Burton

Hosted by: The Freedom Fund

This moderated, interactive discussion, tracing what is being done to combat slavery at various points in the fashion supply chain - from the local to the global; from grassroots activists to companies and consumers. You will leave the workshop with a personal plan of action to build the ethical fashion movement in your own communities.

Using Facebook’s methodology of building products for billions of people, to tackle global social issues

Reference: WS035

Room name: Mountbatten

Hosted by: Facebook

Facebook has successfully and consistently built products billions of people love and use daily. How we do it? Come learn about the methodologies of Facebook’s product development lifecycle and let us walk you through how it can be used to tackle global social challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals. By the end of the workshop, you will have a high-level roadmap and narrative to share with others and an execution plan to get you started on tackling an impactful global social issue.

The biggest reforestation project in the world

Reference: WS019

Room name: Olivier

Hosted by: Barry Callebaut

Do you want to take part of what can be the biggest reforestation initiative ever accomplished? Join us to discuss and brainstorm on potential solutions to this wicked challenge! This workshop requires pre-work and you will need to actively engage and participate during the workshop itself. You will work in groups and need to get ready to pitch your idea to a panel of experts!

How to build peace

Reference: WS023

Room name: Albert

Hoster by: European Commission

This workshop will address matters around peace and PCVE as part of the main question - How to build peace?

Facing the funding hurdle: getting the financial backing for your enterprise

Reference: WS015

Room name: Victoria

Hosted by: University of Bath

Angel investors, crowdfunding, bootstrapping, public sector finance, and charitable backing…this workshop highlights funding sources for your social enterprise and how to research and decide what’s right for you. It will also provide a framework to help tell the ‘story’ of your business and communicate the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’, to capture the hearts of audiences, stakeholders and funders.

Acting fast, saving lives: how to build a new humanitarian movement

Reference: WS020

Room name: Windsor

Hosted by: Disasters Emergency Committee

Natural disasters, epidemics, conflict, and climate change. Lives are on the line like never before, and aid agencies need to act fast. Help us build a global movement of ‘digital first responders’ who mobilise online communities to raise awareness and funds when humanitarian catastrophe strikes.

Media Freedom: Why is it under threat, and what can you do about it?

Reference: WS017

Room name: Gielgud

Hosted by: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Following on from the Plenary session “Media Freedom: How can we protect the truth?” this session will examine in more detail the media landscape in a number of key countries. Representatives of the FCO Global Campaign for Media Freedom and the British Council will lead a discussion to: outline the key objectives and initiatives of the Global Campaign for Media Freedom; explore the importance of media literacy and the support available to help young people to become more discerning consumers of news and good digital citizens; and provoke debate and discussion about the power of well-informed audiences to engage actively in the debate on the importance of media freedom, independence and sustainability and to advocate for the safety and protection of journalists.

Central Hall Westminster

The Future of Work

The technology-driven world in which we live is a world filled with promise but also challenges. In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, jobs will be lost, and jobs will be gained.Women and men face a similar scale of potential job losses and gains, but in different areas. Women's jobs may be more prone to partial automation than being entirely displaced by automation. Women and men will need to be skilled, mobile, and tech savvy to adapt to the new world of work. However, historical barriers are likely to mean that these transitions are more difficult for women.Concerted and creative new solutions are needed to enable everyone to seize new opportunities in the automation age. Without this, we may see women fall further behind in the world of work. We all need to adapt. We need to be flexible to switching occupations and roles throughout our career, open to learning new skills as we go, and able to see education as a lifelong journey, not something that stops once we leave school.

Modern Day Slavery

Keynote: Edward Enninful

Diversity in the Fashion & LIfestyle Publications.

Plenary Session - Media Freedom Media Freedom; how can we protect the truth?

The subject of our Media Freedom Plenary Session is: “Media Freedom; how can we protect the truth?”

News is in crisis. While the Internet has provided the digital native generation with unprecedented opportunities for communication, it has also unleashed a tsunami of fake news and propaganda.

The Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report of 2018, found that 54% of people agree or strongly agree that they are concerned about what is real and fake on the Internet. This figure rises to 85% in Brazil, 69% in Spain and 64% in the US. Fewer than a quarter (23%) of respondents globally said they trusted news they found on social media.

More journalists are being killed, with 94 media workers dying in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire during 2018, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

One Young World Ambassador projects are fighting back for freedom of speech. Noorjahan Akbar’s Free Women Writers scheme in Afghanistan provides a platform for 130 contributors and over 100,000 monthly readers. Saeed Atcha’s Xplode magazine project has given media skills to 2,500 schoolchildren aged 10-11 and supported 90 children in creating their own magazines. Nyus Alfred created the Sporte Avis platform for young sports journalists in the Eastern Caribbean.

How can young leaders create new models for online news that we can trust?


Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break


The workshop programme will run throughout the whole Summit, and you are able to attend only one of these workshops. You can select a workshop during your registration.

How community engagement can improve access to healthcare outcomes of underserved populations

Reference: WS027

Room name: Windsor

Hosted by: Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Health outreach programmes serve key populations that are less likely to use preventive health services and have a higher disease burden compared to the general community. This workshop will educate delegates interested in community outreach on how to use successful strategies to engage vulnerable populations in health related programmes and services, and describe how that improves health outcomes of underserved individuals and communities.

From idea to action

Reference: WS024

Room name: Gielgud

Hosted by: Thought Starter

Stop just talking and do more doing. Using the “Thought Starter Kit”, this workshop will help you instantly turn all the inspiration and conversation at One Young World into practical, tangible, visible action that creates real change.

Making rights a reality with young human rights defenders

Reference: WS028

Room name: Mountbatten

Hosted by: Amnesty International

This workshop will be led by a team of youth activists and staff from across Amnesty International’s global movement. Through interactive activities, you will explore the role that human rights play in your lives by drawing on and sharing experiences when you have stood up for something you believe in. The workshop will feature testimonies from young human rights defenders themselves, and will culminate in a unified campaign action that all participants can partake in together.

Discover your Personal Brand

Reference: WS025

Room name: Redgrave & Burton

Hosted by: Standard Chartered

This workshop will provide you with tools and techniques around finding your personal brand and voice. It is an opportunity to learn more about yourself, and to take decisions and make plans that maximise your experience, and chart a course for how you want to define your future. You will get to uncover your unique strengths, learn how create a personal calling card which is a unique promise of value and a distinct and authentic representation of yourself.

How businesses can innovate to address economic inequality in our current price-conscious economy

Reference: WS016

Room name: Albert

Hosted by: Fairtrade Foundation

This workshop will challenge you to think about how Fairtrade can innovate with businesses to address economic inequality in our current price-conscious economy. In teams, you will develop a strategy which you will pitch to a panel of Fairtrade experts for feedback; deepening your insight into how Fairtrade works in the UK market to improve trade terms for producers. During this interactive session, we will provide information about how Fairtrade tackles poverty, the challenges we face, and how we can overcome them by working collaboratively with businesses on their supply chains.

Democracy Cafe: conversation vs. contestation?

Reference: WS026

Room name: Olivier

Hosted by: My Life My Say

Widely-renowned youth advocacy charity My Life My Say will be running a workshop focused on their award-winning “Democracy Cafe” concept. You will learn invaluable skills in communication, deliberation and discussion of big contentious issues of the day, in a constructive, effective way. You will learn how to contend with a plethora of diverse viewpoints whilst also being equipped with the tools to facilitate your own similar workshops.

How to inspire action for nature

Reference: WS022

Room name: Victoria

Hosted by: Flora and Forna

The challenge of wildlife conservation is increasing as a result of direct threats to animals, plants and places where wildlife thrives. A key message being heard loud and clear is that young people are motivated to take action to try and reverse the trend towards long-term ecological disasters. This workshop is an opportunity to explore ways in which new thoughts can be generated from young, talented leaders into how we can bring together the expertise of communities, businesses and politicians to explore ways of slowing down accelerating extinction rates. There is no greater imperative than building tomorrow’s conservation leaders.

Central Hall Westminster

The Craftory and Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

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 a 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.​

Power of Millennials

There is nothing that makes board members shake more than today’s youth. Their power to influence future product strategy, corporate HR policies, marketing and branding, and even the development of a company’s supply chain is incredible. Because everyone is worried what would happen if the youth do not trust their brands? Find their products irrelevant? If they do not think that the company aligns to their value system? The youth have the power to dictate the future of consumption, and I challenge them to use it.

Voices of change


One Young World 2014 Dublin was the first global event to put disability centre stage with the incredible Caroline Casey who followed that with a horseride across Colombia. Arriving at the Opening of One Young World 2018 Bogota, she asked CEO's to join her and #Valuable500 was born with the support of Paul Polman, One Young World's Global Advisory Board Chairman. #Valuable 500 is the leading global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda. Founder Caroline Casey gives an update on the latest companies joining this global movement.

Friday 25th October

Central Hall Westminster

Keynote: Jacqueline Fernandez

Can Businesses Solve Social Problems?

More and more companies are building their business models around tackling important social problems. Whether it’s efforts to limit climate change, embrace fair trade or improve nutrition, businesses are coming up with creative ideas that overlap with a desire to make the world a better place. Vismay Sharma, Managing Director, L'Oréal UK and Ireland, discusses how the untapped business potential of the professional haircare market in India is helping the company create jobs, provide education and alleviate poverty for millions of people.

Effective Tips for Using Your Power to Own the World You Want to Live In

In this fireside chat, we will have insight into the journey and lessons learned from author, peace builder and 3-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Scilla Elworthy whose life and work has been dedicated to advising governments and business leaders on how to prevent war and armed conflict. Credited with a TEDtalk on nonviolence receiving more than 1.4 million views, Scilla is an authority on the 'business of peace'. After decades of collaboration and work in this field (including founding the Elders with visionary leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, and Desmond Tutu), Scilla will give us practical tips in this unsettled world for being a more effective, impactful leader and changemaker whether you plan a career in politics, civil service, in a nonprofit or in business.

The Elders interview: Mary Robinson & Gro Harlem Brundtland interviewer Jon Snow

If I had my own AI...

AI is here and increasingly woven into our lives. Potentially dangerous, yes – but the future will depend on its use! How will AI create a positive future for humanity, starting with you?
Join the AI Foundation for an interactive keynote focused on Human-AI collaboration, preparation, and trust –– all in the context of your purpose.
Starting with you and other OYW leaders, we’ll uncover how each and everyone of us can take our purpose further with AI. What if you could access the whole spectrum of your capabilities, stories, and experiences, preserve it forever, use it to help others achieve goals 100x faster? How can you establish trust in an AI powered future? How do you prepare now?

Future of Business

This session will see Unilever Leaders - Alan Jope, Chief Executive Officer, and Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer, join One Young World to share their thoughts on the future of business. Anchored on their experiences and insights, Alan and Leena will be covering a wide range of topics that are critical to ensure that businesses delivers a positive impact for society, the economy and the environment. As passionate advocates for the power of youth, Alan and Leena will also share their perspective for how youth leadership can play a role in shaping the future of business

The Power of Unboss

We can dramatically accelerate human progress and improve human health in our lifetime. It starts with unbossing leaders like you.

Preparing young people with the skills to succeed in the workplace

Education is the cornerstone of sustainable development, yet there are over 800 million young people (aged 10-24) worldwide who will not have the skills necessary for the workforce of the future. The shifting nature of work means rethinking the skills and opportunities needed for success. There are clear gaps emerging in countries all over the world between what is learnt in school, the skills people have, and the jobs and industries that will drive sustainable growth in the future.
Michele Parmelee, Deloitte Global Chief People & Purpose Officer will discuss how businesses are collaborating and making an impact in preparing young people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, so that prosperity and progress are shared, and no one is left behind.

Candid Conversation With Ronan Dunne and Rose Kirk: Purposes of Education When Knowledge Won’t Stand Still

Modern technology requires a lifelong-learning mentality – and not only for people in what we commonly call "technical" professions. We don't have a lot of structures for facilitating that kind of lifelong learning – and we need them urgently.
We also need to face the fact that our technological development is outstripping our ability to manage it, or to even think about it constructively. This has already had dire implications for our political systems, for our families, for consumer confidence, and for much else.
In other words, we don't just need better tech – we need better ways of developing, using, and understanding tech. After all, tech is here to serve humanity – not humanity to serve tech. If we can reorient our approach to education to reflect these realities, we could make this century a turning point toward an entirely better vision of the future.

PLENARY - Education : Does the future of learning need to be reimagined?

This year’s Education Plenary Session will address the question: “Does the future of learning need to be reimagined?” 

From electric cars to smartphone apps, many everyday features of modern life would have been inconceivable to most classroom professionals when they were school students themselves.

The world is evolving so fast that the school curriculum often struggles to keep pace. Digital native schoolchildren can be bewildered by classroom teaching methods that shun the online resources at their fingertips.

SDG 4 pledges to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. But how much quality exists in lessons that are stuck in the past?

Instead of learning about environmental sustainability, changing demographics, and the potential of artificial intelligence, children around the world learn from textbooks that would have been familiar to their parents and grandparents.

One Young World Ambassadors have utilised online tools and innovative teaching methods to impact 108,150 students, including child refugees in Malaysia and Myanmar. Our projects have taught 30,000 students and 200 school teachers how to code.

What more can young leaders do to ensure education systems evolve with our changing world?


Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break


The workshop programme will run throughout the whole Summit, and you are able to attend only one of these workshops. You can select a workshop during your registration. It is important that you attend the workshop you select as this is where your refreshments will be served.

Future of Work Bootcamps: Breaking Down Bias Barriers

Refence: WS031

Room name: Gielgud

Hosted by: Generation: You Employed

The future of work is here, and 375 million workers will need to learn new skills by 2030. Workforce education programmes can set someone up for success in a future-focused career in a matter of just weeks; a truly disruptive approach to education. But to make this work at scale, we need to break down bias barriers both within employers and within learners themselves. You will learn about how breaking down biases in the workplace can prepare us all for the future of work, whether that is supporting more women in technology or non-traditional education pathways.

Reimagining education through design-thinking and technology to provide Quality Education for all (SDG 4)

Reference: WS033

Room name: Olivier

Hosted by: British Council

Almost every aspect of our lives is being reimagined or disrupted with new business models and technology – finance, social, health – to meet the demands/opportunities of the new economy. Education is the building block of all societies; it is paramount that it too should be re-imagined to solve its new challenges. Learn how to use the Design Thinking Process to co-create practical solutions that respond to global education challenges and the needs of the 21st Century Learner.

Where do you stand, literally, on education?

Reference: WS029

Room name: Victoria

Hosted by: Generation Unlimited - UNICEF

This interactive workshop will challenge your perspectives on the future of learning. It will kick off by offering an overview of the trends and future of learning, and then open the floor to you, quite literally, by engaging everyone in full interactivity in shaping a common vision. The workshops will spark dialogue and give you the space to share, listen and learn from each other on what makes a Quality Education.

Future of Work with Dutch MFA & ILO

Reference: WS032

Room name: Redgrave & Burton

Hosted by: Dutch MFA

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ together with the International Labour Organisation will hold a 1.5 hour session on the Future of Work at One Young World conference in London on 25 October. The session will be about the future of work in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel/ West Africa and the Horn of Africa and will be attended by 50 young leaders (18-35 years old) from these regions that are sponsored by the Dutch MFA. The goal of the session is to get input from these 50 young people on the future of work in their countries - what they see as promising sectors in mind, and what skills and resources they have and need – in order to inform the Dutch Ministry’s strategy on the Future of Work to promote youth employment in the region. The central question that the session will seek to answer is: Where must the sustainable economic development department of the Dutch MFA invest in so that jobs are future proof?


Entrepreneurial Muscle Gym

Reference: WS030

Room name: Albert

Hosted by: Entrepreneurial Muscle Lab (EML)

Join a workout session at the Entrepreneurial Muscle Gym: identify your core competencies, potential blind spots, and create a training plan that ensures continued growth of your entrepreneurial muscles.

Central Hall Westminster

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you” – How Wales is leading the way on intergenerational justice

The Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales) came into effect in April 2016, establishing the unique role of Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. Acting as guardian for future generations, the Commissioner ensures all 44 public bodies in Wales covered by the Act are taking account of the long-term. This focus on the long-term places an emphasis on intergenerational equality; working to improve well-being for generations today, without compromising the ability of tomorrow's generations to meet their own needs.

In her presentation, Wales' first Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, will provide insight from her first three years in office. Across the world, this unique piece of legislation has been hailed as a game-changer. When it was passed, the UN said that 'what Wales does today, we hope the world will do tomorrow'. With its broad and holistic definition of sustainable development as 'improving the economic, environmental, social and cultural well-being', Wales remains one of the few countries in the world to legislate for sustainable development and turn the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals into action.

But just how easy is it to implement this ambitious vision? How do we turn rhetoric into reality? Sophie’s presentation will explore how cultures and attitudes are beginning to change and how a focus on a future is making a difference today.  

Sports panel - Peace & Sport

World class athletes discuss the unique role sport can play in bringing people together and promoting tolerance and understanding. Sharing their personal stories, these athletes reflect on the ways in they have overcome obstacles, responded to pressure and how their experiences and careers have influenced their fans and supporters and the extent to which the Olympics and other major sporting events can alter public opinion.

A new order of Global Leadership:

Richard Branson in conversation with Jaha Dukureh and Uzo Iweala will talk about fighting inequality and injustice, exploring how the rising global leaders from The NewNow are changing their communities right now, using their agency in some of the world’s toughest places and tackling global challenges in the process.

Plenary Session - Peaceful future: In a polarised world how can we build peace?

Peaceful Future will be addressed in a Plenary Session headed: “In a polarised world how can we build peace?

“There is an ongoing deterioration in global peace,” said Steve Killelea, head of the Institute for Economics and Peace on the publication of its 2018 Global Peace Index, which found that conflicts have increased in the past decade. It recorded a deterioration in peace in six of the nine regions of the world and in 92 countries. Terrorism and internal conflict were the biggest threats to peace.

Climate change is destabilising communities, fuelling poverty and conflict. The rise of social media has seen a surge in hate speech and intolerance. The FBI reported a 17% rise in hate crimes in the United States in 2017, the third consecutive year of increase.

One Young World Ambassador projects have educated and engaged 207,774 people in peace building projects. Almost two-thirds of Ambassadors actively lead change in their communities to bring about lasting peace and justice. One Young World co-founded Extremely Together, a unique initiative in which young leaders enable their peers to tackle extremism of all kinds.

What is the role of young people in tackling intolerance and building a peaceful future?


Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Central Hall Westminster

Closing ceremony