12 February 2010

One Young World

"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation." (Pearl S. Buck)

Main Highlights:

It is amazing what young people are up to these days! A short while ago, two major youth conferences practically took place at the same time, perhaps for a multiplier effect. I will dedicate this post to the bigger and more international one and will post the other separately.

About 1500 delegates from all over the world came together at the One Young World young leaders' summit in London this February to discuss their visions for the future of the world.

Some of the hosts, speakers and Counsellors are (co-)Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Senator John Kerry (via video link), Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bob Geldof, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, economist and former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and last but not least journalist legend Jon Snow.

From the FAQs:
One Young World is a global leadership summit for young leaders age 25 and under, united from all the world's 192 countries to address major global challenges. The Inaugural Summit of One Young World takes place on Feb. 8-10, 2010, in London.

To achieve the core values of One Young World, the selection process invites one delegate from each of the world's 192 countries. One delegate per country is also invited by an organization from each country's voluntary sector (e.g., UNICEF), by a global sports entity in each country (e.g., FIFA) and, in certain cases, by participating global companies.

Euro RSCG* has arranged for global broadcasters to cover the summit, in addition to offering online streaming of all sessions and providing constant real-time updates on the Web. Major bureaus in London will receive accreditation if at least one member of their reporting team is age 25 or younger.

*I had to look them up myself: Euro RSCG appears to be one of the leading Communications agency world-wide (or so it is written in its Wikipedia article which, confirming my suspicions, has been last modified by a marketing associate from said company)

Plenary Sessions were held and resolutions drafted on the following topics:
1) "The Environment and its protection"
2) "Interfaith Dialogue"
3) "The Role of Global Business"
4) "The Changing Power of the Media"
5) "Global Health"
6) "Politics for a Positive Future"
7) "World Have Your Say: Review"

If you guys would like to find out more about the context of the whole event in global social (youth) movements, I suggest you go to the Press section on the One Young World website which offers more info than the About animation, featuring its own PR microsite.

The One Young World summit this year was actually in its inaugural session and hopes to be the first of a series in the future!

One Young World Wrap-Up:

Finally, I would like to conclude this post by the following quote which I decided to use despite my choice to keep this blog secular and non-sectarian (hence the square brackets I put there) for I do think there is some inspiration in those words:

"Don't let anyone think little of you because you are young but be an example [for other believers] in your speech, behaviour, love, faithfulness, and purity." (1 Timothy 4:12)

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