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London announced as host city for One Young World Summit in 2019

One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, today announces London as the Host City for its global Summit in 2019.

The Summit will take place in Westminster, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre and iconic venues, from October 22nd to 25th and will mark the tenth anniversary of One Young World. Over 1,500 young leaders from more than 190 countries will gather in the capital, making it the most international gathering other than the Olympics to ever take place in the UK.

Since launching in 2009, One Young World has built a network of over 9,000 Ambassadors – young leaders whose work projects have impacted 17.5 million people worldwide.

London will also welcome high-profile leaders who work with the young Ambassadors and Delegates, sharing their experiences of making a positive social impact. In previous years this group of Counsellors has included Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, campaigners and activists including Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Mary Robinson, Justin Trudeau, Emma Watson and Meghan Markle.

London is home to more than 600 One Young World Ambassadors whose work and projects range from fighting social injustice, tackling extreme terrorism, or holding the worlds biggest lesson on mental health.

The award-winning forum inspires young leaders to drive change, take action and tackle todays most pressing issues. In 2017 alone, 2.9 million people were impacted as a result of the work undertaken by Ambassadors and, for every $1 invested, the One Young World community delivered a social return of $13.

The 2019 Summit will be delivered with the support of the London Advisory Board, which is chaired by Nick Giles and whose members include Cobra Beer founder Lord Karan Bilimoria, Grant Thornton UK CEO Sacha Romanovitch, Channel 4s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Dan Brooke, and founder John Roberts.

The bid to host One Young World in London was led by London & Partners and the Great Britain Campaign, and coordinated by One Young World Ambassadors Will Dickson and Ozzie Clarke-Binns.

Kate Robertson, Co-Founder, One Young World said: “We live in a turbulent time and an era where politicians, CEOs and powerful figures, need to sit up and listen to young leaders to ensure that the positive change they demand actually happens.

“David Jones and I launched One Young World to ensure that, increasingly, young leaders have a seat at the table and in One Young World they have a platform that strengthens their mandate to succeed.

“Bringing One Young World home to London marks a great moment for the organisation and we are excited to get the young leaders of the city involved.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Today, I am delighted to announce that next year the tenth Summit will be coming home to the UK.

“In its homecoming year, I am proud to wish the One Young World Summit 2019 – and everyone who will take part in it – every success.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Todays young people are the leaders of tomorrow – so I am delighted that London has been selected as host city for next years One Young World global summit.

“Our great city has always been at the forefront of innovative thinking and developing new ideas, so I am sure London will provide the perfect backdrop for discussing how to tackle some of the most critical global issues such as climate change, human rights, gender equality and conflict resolution.

“It is also a further sign that London is Open – not only for hosting important global events – but for welcoming talented people from around the world.”

Conrad Bird, Director, GREAT Britain Campaign said:

“Through HM Governments GREAT Britain Campaign we are delighted to support One Young World. The UK is the perfect host destination for international business events of this calibre and we look forward to working in partnership to help deliver the best event on record in support of an organisation that is focussed on future innovation and talent”.


Photography from previous One Young World summits including Meghan Markle, Kofi Annan, Justin Trudeau, President Mary Robinson, Natalia Vodianova and Professor Muhammad Yunus (attached)


Kate Robertson, Founder of One Young World, announced London as the 2019 host city at Change Makers Summit.


Quotes from influential Counsellors and media outlets include:

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada: “An unparalleled network of forward-thinking, progressive leaders from every corner of the world. I have often said that young people are not the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today and I know One Young World agrees.”


Bob Geldof, Activist and Musician: “Its not small this, its not a talking shop…At One Young World the delegates get to share the problems of their own countries and together, through social media and throughout the year, they engage with their governments and their own leaders to try and resolve the problems. Its very effective”


Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General: “Meeting tomorrows young leaders and hearing your solutions to todays challenges is always a highlight of my year.”


Meghan Markle writing on her lifestyle site TheTig: “When I was asked to be a Counsellor at One Young World my response was a resounding yes.

“One Young World invites young adults from all over the world who are actively working to transform the socio-political landscape by being the greater good.

“They are delegates who are speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change.”


Yeonmi Park, One Young World Ambassador, North Korea: “I am here at One Young World because I believe that sharing my story is the first step to changing my country. One Young World restored my faith in humanity again – after One Young World, you shared my video and the North Korea issue on social media and world leaders listened.”


CNN: “The junior Davos.”


VICE: “The worlds largest & most impactful youth leadership summit.”


SABC: “At the One Young World Summit, leaders old and young come together to say, enough – lets make the solutions to tomorrows problems today.”

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About One Young World:

One Young World is the global forum for young leaders working to accelerate change in every country. Its annual Summit brings together 1,500 of the most talented young leaders from across 196 countries to tackle the globes most pressing issues, from climate change to conflict resolution.

One Young World is actively supported by a distinguished line-up of Counsellors including Kofi Annan, President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Mary Robinson, President Juan Manuel Santos, Sir Bob Geldof, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emma Watson, Meghan Markle and Professor Muhammad Yunus. One Young World Counsellors work alongside delegates at the global Summits, sharing their collective experience in creating positive social change.

Since launching in 2009, One Young World has built a network of over 8,000 Ambassadors, whose projects have gone on to benefit 14.6 million worldwide. Notable Ambassadors include Olympic champion sprinter Kirani James, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, Alan Mak MP, YouTube influencer and entrepreneur Michelle Phan, Founder of Global Citizen Hugh Evans, Lauren Bush, founder of Feed, and social media star Jérôme Jarre.

The award-winning annual Summit has been named International Conference of the Year on three occasions by C&IT. One Young World also has the largest corporate footprint of any NGO, and is partnered with more than 500 of the worlds leading organisations, many of which are listed by Fortune 500 or FTSE 100.

To date, Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014), Bangkok (2015), Ottawa (2016) and Bogota (2017). The 2018 Summit is taking place in The Hague, Netherlands.