One Young World coming to Jozi in 2013

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

One Young World is a global forum dedicated to developing leadership in young people all over the world. The first summit was held in London last year with 823 delegates all aged under 25, from 114 countries.

This year, One Young World kicked off on 1 September in Zurich, Switzerland. South Africa’s 50 delegates joined more than 1 000 other youth leaders from 170 nations to share views and visions with each other, and with those in positions of power in government, business and a variety of other disciplines.

Delegates gathered in Zurich heard a keynote speech from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver about the global obesity pandemic. Sir Bob Geldof also shared the stage along with our own Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. “We cannot undo what is done, but we can choose what way it will affect us and our societies,” said His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, in his first public speech outside of Norway since the country’s 22 July shooting tragedy. “Our challenge is to reach for the light to find the inner best part of us and nurture it. This is what One Young World is about. There is great opportunity in this meeting to seek profound truth, find common ground and move the world forward.”

At the glittering closing ceremony, Johannesburg was announced as the host city for One Young World 2013. Africa is home to the largest proportion of youth on the planet (20%), and in Johannesburg, 42% of the population is under 24 years old. One Young World 2012 will be hosted by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

One Young World 2011 South African delegate Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh has developed an acclaimed programme to engage student leaders at universities across the continent in championing the idea of the African Renaissance. A fellow delegate has become part of a youthful international delegation to work with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue.

Category: Summer 2011

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