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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.”

Your monthly list: 17 top 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.

3 OYW Ambassadors win election to lead the Commonwealth’s 1.2 billion young people

Congratulations to Tijani Christian of Jamaica, Elizabeth Kite of Tonga and Franz George of St Vincent & the Grenadines who will now serve in the Commonwealth Youth Council as Chairperson, Pacific Regional Representative and Caribbean and Americas Regional Representative respectively!

They have all faced life in the path of hurricanes and cyclones but three One Young World Ambassadors from island nations hope to be elected to represent a global community of 1.2 billion young people.

Your monthly list: top initiatives from around the world

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.

Ten young leaders championing climate action

Climate change is not only a buzzword. With 2017 seeing some of the most devastating climate disasters of the last few decades, from mudslides in Sierra Leone, droughts in the Horn of Africa and Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in North and Central America, now, more than ever, we need actionable solutions to mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Read how these ten One Young World Ambassadors are leading by example and building a sustainable future.

5 young leaders who are combatting water scarcity

Today is World Water Day, an international day which aims to raise awareness about the lack of access to clean drinking water around the globe. Water scarcity is still one of the most pressing global issues: 1.8 billion people use drinking water that has been contaminated with faeces - putting them at risk of contracting deadly diseases such as cholera - and today more people have a phone than access to clean drinking water.

One Young World sends message of support to Colombia in wake of Mocoa tragedy

The Director of One Young World in Latin America has called for a united approach to helping the people of the Colombian city of Mocoa, where an enormous mudslide has caused the deaths of more than 250 people.

David Gereda said the disaster, which occurred after a third of the region’s expected monthly rain fell in single night, was “truly a tragedy” but also an obvious consequence of climate change. At least 44 children have died in the catastrophe.