Peace and Conflict

SDGs: Where Do Human Rights Fit In? #OYW2018 Plenary Session Roundup

As the International City of Peace and Justice, The Hague is home to the International Criminal Court (ICC). With over 120 signatories, the ICC is one of the few global bodies holding governments accountable for their actions.

Yet according to Amnesty International “the world witnessed a rollback of human rights” in 2017. It stated that “women’s rights took a nosedive” in many countries, while there was a simultaneous rise in xenophobia and discrimination towards minority groups.

Meet the 2018 OFID Scholars

The OPEC Fund for International Development OFID has sponsored 165 delegates to attend One Young World Summits since 2011 and will be bringing 20 outstanding young leaders to The Hague next month.

The 20 OFID scholars have been chosen for the impact they have demonstrated through projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education. There work has been recognised as inspiring hope for the future by encouraging communities to be self-reliant.


Kofi Annan: remembered through the eyes of the world’s young leaders

One Young World is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of long-time One Young World Counsellor and Seventh Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan (80).

Mr Annan served as UN Secretary General from January 1997 to December 2006. During that time, he led a comprehensive programme of reform that sought to revitalize the United Nations and make the international system more effective.   In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

On International Youth Day, meet the young leaders who are creating safe spaces for youth

“Safe Spaces for Youth” is the theme of Sunday’s International Youth Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in celebration of the 1.8 billion people in the world aged 10-24.

The UN calls for creating “safe spaces where [young people] can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves.”

Addressing mental health, promoting peace & deepening democracy: initiatives you need to know about

In an effort to further share the incredible work of the OYW Ambassador community, we’ve launched our monthly list of top projects you need to know about.

The OYW network is all about collaboration - so please get in touch if you’re interested to learn more or join forces with any of the listed Ambassadors. Remember, if you log into your OYW profile, you can email them directly via the messaging button on their OYW profile, located on the bottom left. You must be logged in to do this.

Dubai Expo awards 2 OYW Ambassadors with top prizes

The idea of signing a legal contract with planet earth and the other species that reside on it probably doesn’t feature in the curriculum of any contemporary business school.

But the concept has helped One Young World Ambassador Tariq Al-Olaimy to win a major financial grant at Dubai’s Expo Live, where he was rewarded for his vision in encouraging companies and governments to treat nature as a stakeholder and active partner in development projects.