Hi! Welcome to our first blog post for One Young World. Just like you (quite likely), before I applied to be WU’s delegate for One Young World, I have not heard about it. I did my research and I want to share a few simple facts about One Young World.
- One Young World (OYW) is a yearly summit where young leaders from around the globe get together to develop solutions for the world’s most troubling issues. It is sometimes referred as the “Youth Davos”.
- OYW was founded in 2009 and has hosted over 6000 delegates since then. The organisation prides to be the most populous youth event after the Olympic Games. Multiple initiatives and projects were created thanks to OYW that are changing the world every day.
- Bangkok (Thailand) will be the first Asian city to host OYW. Prior host cities were London (United Kingdom), Zurich (Switzerland), Pittsburgh (USA), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Dublin (Ireland).
- OYW is co-founded by Kate Roberston and David Jones, formerly of Havas, a multinational advertising and public relations company.
- OYW includes counsellors such as Nobel Prize winners Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a British businessman and investor Sir Richard Branson and former President of Mexico Vicente Fox.
- Some of the prominent speakers include Jamie Oliver, Arianna Huffington, Natalia Vodianova, John Kerry, Lauren Bush and many others.
- This is WU’s first year participating in this event. 3 delegates were selected: Kelsey Brown from US, Daniel Fernandez from Costa Rica and Aleksandras Supranavičius from Lithuania.
If you were wondering who is the young lady in the picture, that’s Yeonmi Park. Yeonmi has escaped North Korea at a young age and her story touched everyone last year in Dublin. It was One Young World where her story was first publicized and Yeonmi has went on to do great things this year. I strongly recommend you to watch her speech as her story is really amazing.