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Please mind the gap

John Van Bockxmeer describes his experience working in rural healthcare, and the challenges posed to those in remote communities.

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The future cities of Africa

Rut Einarsdottir addresses the importance of urban development in the face of major population growth.

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Climate challenge: an opportunity to create breakthrough change

Justina Adylte discusses the cultural shift required to achieve a binding agreement at COP21

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Watch out: Women are mastering self-defense!

Lina works to end violence against women

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Persistence is key: Getting sponsorship to attend a One Young World Summit

Ambassador from the Bahamas, Ashleigh Rolle has very kindly provided us with her advice on how to get sponsorship in a very clear and concise article. Ashleigh is an inspirational Ambassador who has attended three Summits to date.

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Políglota, the first face-to-face social language-learning network in the world.

Ambassador Carlos Aravena and José Manuel Sanchez discuss their social language-learning network, Políglota in an interview conducted by Ambassador Xenia Elsaesser.

It's Tuesday evening in Santiago, Chile, and Claudia sets off for a drink after work. She arrives at the table and introduces herself to the group. In English. Now, Claudia’s having a drink with 12 other people, hanging out and conversing in a language that is only spoken by 2% of the Chilean population.

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The Protection Of Future Generations

Delegates from Nigeria, Dozie Okeleke and Moses Acquah on the Ambassadors in Action Special Session at the Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This year’s “Ambassadors in Action” Session at the Summit in Johannesburg featured Ambassadors' initiatives that have been inspired by the One Young World Summits.

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The Power of Education

Ambassador Harvey Lam and Tariq Fancy on the importance of education and the inspiration behind the Rumie Initiative.

Education is a key issue, and is a subject I will be discussing at this year's One Young World Summit in Johannesburg. Today, over one billion children lack access to a quality education. I look forward to collaborating with other Ambassadors to change that and to share our journey.

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The Power Of Hope

Confirmed delegate from Canada, Alicia Raimundo on tackling mental health issues with the power of hope.

I know depression. I know it makes getting up in the morning so hard that some days you don’t even bother. I know when you’re depressed you’re followed around by a black cloud of misery. I don’t understand why, but I know if you try to ignore it, the cloud gets heavier, harder and deeper. I know this because I was depressed, and that one night I decided to take my own life. And I wasn’t the only one. According to the World Health Organisation, about half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. We lose someone to suicide every 40 seconds and a lot more attempt it.

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Take The Test, Take Control

Ambassadors: Nina Benedicte Kouassi (Ivory Coast) & Toimimou Ibrahim (Comoros) on the importance of HIV testing.

In 1994, when 25 year old Amy went to hospital for an voluntary HIV test, she was certain that she would be diagnosed HIV negative. When she received the news that she was HIV positive, she thought that her life was over.

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