Tokyo has been announced as the 2021 host city for One Young World, a forum for future world leaders.
One Young World identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders from across almost every country in the world.
The event took place in London this year, featuring young leaders from more than 190 different countries. You can read our feature report from the event, ‘How to Change the World’, here.
It is the latest in a long line of major events that have been held in Japan, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics. One Young World will take place in Munich, Germany next year.
In previous years the group of Counsellors for One Young World has included Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, campaigners and activists including the late Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Professor Muhammad Yunus, J.K. Rowling, Mary Robinson, Emma Watson and HRH the Duchess of Sussex.
Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo commented: “I believe that the 2,000 passionate young leaders coming from all over the world for Tokyo 2021 will discover new connections while bringing new value to our city. This Summit will inspire both the One Young World delegates and young people in Japan to strive for positive change and a better future!”
Kate Robertson, Co-Founder, One Young World said: “The host city bidding process is very competitive and at One Young World, we look to partner with cities who are implementing and scaling initiatives for good, to make a positive impact in their communities.
“Ahead of next year’s Olympic and Paralympic games, Japan has looked at a more sustainable approach, reducing their plastic waste, and recycling old mobile phones and small electronic devices to produce 5,000 medals for the games.
“With less than nine year’s left to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, we are eager to focus the 2021 Summit on leveraging the work we are doing, and will continue to do, with our partners and sponsors to push for meaningful change.”