One Young World Summit

COP24: 4 things we need to tackle climate change, according to Christiana Figueres

This article was originally written by Cat Leggat.

Today marks the first day of the Katowice Climate Change Conference, including the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties, popularly referred to as COP24.  This year's gathering in Poland is critical in ensuring the 2015 Paris Agreement, born out of COP21, sticks. Three years on from when the historic agreement was first signed, the 197 countries participating in the conference are expected to establish a 'rule book' outlining plans to ensure all countries uphold their commitments. 

Sexual violence: a leading theme at #OYW2018

Over the past year, sexual violence has quickly risen to the top of the global agenda as one of the most critical issues plaguing both developed and developing countries. Long have the atrocities committed in wartime gone unrecognised, with sexual violence used as a common tool of abuse typically against women and children. Yet with the upheaval of the #MeToo movement and the subsequent outpouring of international outcry, this matter now remains a fixture in world news. 

#OYW2018: the local organisations making the Summit possible

The One Young World 2018 Summit in The Hague is the organisation’s biggest yet, with 1800+ delegates attending from 190+ countries. Hosting an event of this scale would not be possible without the support of local organisations - venues to host ceremonies and dinners, companies to supply food and drinks, and organisations to help inspire and invigorate delegates.

From The Peace Palace to The Pier, find out more about some of the key venues and organisations that are helping to make the One Young World 2018 Summit bigger and better than ever before:

The OYW community pays tribute to Kofi Annan

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.