One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, has announced London as the host city for its global summit in 2019.
The summit will take place at the QEII Centre, Westminster, 22-25 October, and will mark the tenth anniversary of One Young World. More than 1,500 young leaders from 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 17.5m 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 world’s biggest lesson on mental health.
The award-winning forum inspires young leaders to drive change, take action and tackle today’s most pressing issues. In 2017 alone, 2.9m 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 4’s chief marketing and communications officer Dan Brooke, and AO.com 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: “Today’s young people are the leaders of tomorrow – so I am delighted that London has been selected as host city for next year’s 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 Government’s 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.”