One Young World 2021 - Munich
“Participating as a delegate at the One Young World was a truly enriching experience. The plenary sessions and testimonies from young leaders were both insightful and inspiring.
I was also able to meet delegates from diverse fields and backgrounds, which further enhanced the experience. It was a great opportunity to exchange with like-minded people who want to bring about positive change in their communities.”
“It was my honour to attend One Young World - Munich 2021, representing ESSEC Leadership and Diversity Chair.
3 days, 1700+ delegates from 190+ countries. One Young World brings young leaders and change-makers together online and offline to debate, and devise innovative solutions to the world's most pressing issues like climate crisis, future economies, conflict resolution, rights and freedom etc. There were lots of inspiration, emotions and reflections when I listen to our delegates speeches.
I'm so inspired by our delegates who are from different countries, cultures and industries. But with the same belief that we want to bring positive impacts to the society and world. We care, and we dare! »
"OYW-2021 for me was a wonderfully enriching experience. The moving stories of delegate speakers and inspiring speeches of world leaders, really gave me a new perspective to life and motivated me to do more . My favourite plenary session was the one on "Lessons from the Pandemic" which gave me so many actionable insights and I also loved the workshop on "Circular Thinking" where I got the opportunity to completely redesign a product by applying circular economy strategies. Of course, the highlight for me remains the opportunity to be a flag-bearer for my country India. A true networking hub, OYW gave me so many new friends from across the world, and most importantly an unforgettable experience. "
One Young World 2019 - London
By Riya Shah One Young World delegate
"In all the practicality that OYW presents you with: opportunities to network for solving pressing matters globally, to listening to inspiring leaders, I would still go ahead and call this summit an "awakening". Because that is what it did to me. These 4 days were a journey that scraped one of any traces of ignorance (they might have had) towards the world issues and present a culmination of topics from Climate change, to Education, to media freedom and the issue that is lamentably still omnipresent: poverty. I hadn't fathomed the contagious spirit of this single event and the 2000 individuals in one room, who cheered for the courageous and made me realise that we all had the potential to create a better "today" by simply taking action. To end with a mantra we learnt: "I will not accept anything better than the best in every area of life, I will not let success get to my head and failure to my heart, AND I will not take my dreams to my grave."
One Young World 2018 – The Summit Experience
- By Alessandro Carletta, One Young World Ambassador 2018
In a world constantly threatened by global warming and inequality where human rights are often rip off and access to education and healthcare is extremely difficult, the leaders of today do not commit themselves enough to the improvement of human condition and environment protection. One Young World was originally created on the assumption that young leaders, instead, have the energy and the drive to make the world a better place. One Young World was founded to connect and inspire young decision-makers to walk the talk and act now to improve our future. The summit is organized on 5 big topics: human rights, education, poverty alleviation & economic development, environment and health. This year, the summit welcomed 3 Nobel Prizes for Peace and many industry CEOs. The impact of the summit does not end after the seminar. Most of the participants involved in One Young World built networks to better tackle their projects and they developed a better understanding of how to face the big challenges of the future.
One Young World 2018 – The Dream
- By Anatol Justin Tong, One Young World Ambassador 2018
It has been more than a month since I returned from the summit. I am still having flashbacks to the event and cannot believe how the time has flown by. After a month of digestion, I think the effect of One Young World has finally permeated. With such an overwhelming conference, it was extremely fatiguing to reflect while in the conference. Looking back to the speeches and referring to the numerous notes I have made throughout various workshops, (though with my usual critical self,) I am still thunderstruck and motivated by the social change most delegates and the gathering encourages.
To sum up, One Young World is probably the most diverse, both culturally and intellectually, gathering of Millennials and Gen Z around the globe. I was fortunate to be selected one of the 5 participants to take part in this year’s conference in the Hague, the Netherlands.
Here is a brief summary of what 5 of us did over the span of 4 days:
• Network with committed activists, young leaders and global figureheads.
• Attend inspirational keynote lectures from some of the world’s most powerful individuals
• Debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces
Overall, attending the conference was a superb opportunity for my own personal development. It was an adventure of a lifetime and it did reignite my fire for supporting social change after meeting so many incredible people who are doing all these extraordinary things from all over the globe.
One Young World 2018 – EXPERIENCE
- By Afifeh Fakori, One Young World Ambassador 2018
It has been an absolutely enlightening and humbling experience to spend three full days with 1,800 young change-makers during OYW 2018. It offered us an excellent opportunity to meet corporates, social enterprises, NGOs and young entrepreneurs from all over the world in one single platform. The summit echoed the voice of the ESSEC Leadership & Diversity Chair, albeit at a very grand scale. We are aware of many issues plaguing today’s world: gender inequality, discrimination against the disabled and prejudices surrounding the LGBT+ community. However, the summit helped me to understand the enormity of the problems as I listened to first-hand experiences from delegates who have suffered from flagrant violations of human rights themselves. Some of the delegates shared their stories of rising triumphantly from the ghastly ashes of sexual abuse and discrimination; these stories were as inspiring as they were haunting. Others talked about their amazing initiatives pertaining to human rights, poverty eradication and climate change.
The CEOs of many well-known companies such as Unilever, DSM, Reckitt Benckiser and Credit Suisse, also shared their commitments to achieve the various SDGs and instilled in us the confidence that it is indeed possible to do good while doing well. I also had the opportunity to attend two very interesting workshops outside the core summit: one at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the other at Museon (a museum with a One Planet exhibit themed around the 17 SDGs). The three days spent at The Hague were undoubtedly intense, but every moment spent there made me ponder about my contribution to the society. So, here I am, back from the summit, infected with the contagious passion of the OYW delegates and counselors. I have met strong, young men and women who have come from unbelievably difficult circumstances and initiated significant changes. The least I can do now is to step up and join these millennials to propagate positive changes – no matter how small - for the society and environment which needs us now, more than ever before.
One Young World 2017 – EXPERIENCE
- By Camilla Fisco, One Young World Ambassador 2017
The summit lasted 4 days, with a very intense schedule (8AM to 10PM). Despite the fatigue from the travel and the charged schedule, the quality of the conferences was so high - that we forgot all the fatigue and engaged 100% in the summit. Being appointed ambassadors was such an honor, and I will carry this experience in my heart for all my life.
From my point of view, the two major highlights of OYW were:
1) Listening to incredible speakers that cover a wide range of topics: transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change, global health, hunger relief, human rights.... Speakers are extremely diverse: social entrepreneurs, CEOs, politicians but also young students just like us.
2) Meeting and engaging directly with the speakers thanks to small Q&A sessions after the panels, or if lucky by meeting them randomly in the venue. Personally, my highlights were
- Sit at a small Q&A session with Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus was standing right in front of us - (really close as you can see in the picture!!)! - and answered our questions. It was incredible to hear him speak about his new book and vision: A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions