What is One Young World?

One Young World is the global forum for young leaders aged from every country and sector. The annual One Young World Summit brings together the brightest young makers from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Previous Summits have been held in London, Zurich, Pittsburgh, Johannesburg, Dublin, Bangkok, Ottawa, Bogotá and The Hague.  You can watch the video highlights of previous One Young World Summits on our YouTube channel. Please find the most recent highlights video of the 2017 Summit in Bogotá via this link.

When and where is the One Young World Summit 2019?

The One Young World Summit 2019 will be held in London, United Kingdom from 22 - 25 October.

Who is who?

Counsellors: World leaders who participate in each Summit to lend stature and share expertise with delegates. Counsellors have included the late Kofi Annan, Emma Watson, Professor Muhammad Yunus and Mary Robinson. See more Counsellors

Candidates: Candidates apply to attend a Summit either independently, through a partner organisation or via a scholarship. Find out how to become a candidate.

Delegates: Young leaders attending the Summit for the first time.

Ambassadors: Delegates who have attended the One Young World Summit before and joined the international Ambassador network. All delegates become Ambassadors at the closing ceremony.

Partner Executives: Representatives from partner organisations who accompany a delegation, participating in special networking sessions and sharing their thoughts on One Young World; analysing the way that One Young World has impacted their corporate culture. These include directors of human resources, learning and development, diversity and inclusion as well as managers and CEOs.

What happens at the Summit?

At the Summit delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. They make commitments to tangible action that they will deliver in the next year. The Summits are ground-breaking events that offer decision makers a powerful insight into critical global issues and emerging trends affecting younger generations.

How is One Young World funded?

One Young World is funded through a wide range of partnerships with private companies, universities, government departments, NGOs, philanthropists and foundations. These organisations support One Young World by funding delegates to attend the annual Summit. Funds raised through delegate fees cover the cost of staging each Summit and the year round activities of One Young World. Learn more about our partnerships here.


How can I attend a One Young World Summit?

Attend with a partner organisation: We partner with many of the world’s leading businesses, universities and foundations that support One Young World by sending delegates to the Summit. If your organisation is interested in partnering with One Young World please contact us: [email protected].

Attend independently: You can nominate yourself to attend the Summit as an independent delegate. The fees to attend a One Young World Summit can be found on our Pricing page. You can pay this fee yourself or find an organisation or individual to sponsor you. Find here ways to raise funds to attend the summit.

Attend on a scholarship: A range of scholarships are available to enable individuals who are not supported by partners to participate in the Summit. Visit our Scholarships page to see if you are eligible for any current opportunities.

What is the delegate fee?

Please visit the Pricing page for more details.

What is included in the fee?

Please visit the Pricing page for more details.

How can I check the status of my application?

If you have nominated yourself to attend the Summit independently, applied for a scholarship or are part of a partner delegation and have any questions about the status of your application please get in touch with us at [email protected].

What is the age limit?

Most delegates are between the age of 18 and 30. The One Young World team will consider applications from those who are older than 30, pending demonstration of appropriate personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage. We are not able to accept applications from those who will be aged under 18 at the time of the Summit.


Who are One Young World Ambassadors?

Following the annual Summit, all delegates become One Young World Ambassadors, joining a network of more than 10,000 young leaders from 196 countries.

One Young World Ambassadors work on their own initiatives or lend the power of the network to exiting projects. Those in the private sector return to their companies to create change from within, energising their corporate environment.

Since 2010, 17.5 million people have been impacted by initiatives, businesses and campaigns led by One Young World Ambassadors.

Learn more about Ambassador impacts here.

The One Young World Ambassador Community is run by young leaders, for young leaders. A team of Ambassadors are selected each year to take on the role of Coordinating Ambassador, to lead on community activity at a regional level.

Through the year, Ambassadors gain access to unique One Young World opportunties that allow them to scale the impact of their work, expand their networks and gain great visibility.

Learn more about what it means to be a One Young World Ambassador here.

How can I connect with other Ambassadors?

Ambassadors can make use of our Ambassador Community page to identify fellow Ambassadors they would like to connect with. If you have found Ambassadors you would like to collaborate or share ideas with, please get in touch with us at [email protected], and we will try to make an introduction. 
Ambassadors may also organise and attend regional meetings to stimulate collaboration at a local level. If you are interested in organising or attending a regional meeting, whether physical or online, please contact [email protected] or get in touch with the Coordinating Ambassador for your region.
Lastly, there are several groups on Facebook you can join to get in touch with other Ambassadors; the most prominent one being the One Young World Ambassadors Group.

How can I contribute to the One Young World blog?

The One Young World blog and One Young World Huffington Post blog are platforms for Ambassadors to highlight their impact or contribute to thought leadership on a wide range of national and international issues. If you would like to submit a blog post please contact [email protected] with your proposal. 

How can I attend a Summit if I am an Ambassador?

Ambassadors are automatically eligible to attend each One Young World Summit as a Returning Ambassador for the fee of £2,355,- (plus applicable VAT) including accommodation or £1,655,- (plus applicable VAT) excluding accommodation.

If you are an Ambassador and would like more information on how to attend the 2018 Summit in The Hague, please get in touch with us at [email protected].



Who can apply for scholarships and where can I apply?

In order to apply for a scholarship, you must show the following skills and traits:

- Be between 18 and 30 years old

- An evidenced commitment to effecting positive change. This commitment can come in many forms; ranging from a high level of involvement in community initiatives to social entrepreneurship or from leading responsible business practices to public service

- Leadership ability

- Concern for local or global issues

- Ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas

- Teamwork

You can find any new Scholarship opportunities to attend the Summit on our Scholarships page. These will be added on a rolling basis during the months before the Summit. Please keep an eye on this page and our social media channels for any updates on Scholarships. The application process, including specific application criteria, will be listed with each individual Scholarship.

How do I know if I received a scholarship?

After the deadline for Scholarship applications has passed, please allow three weeks for all applications to be reviewed. We will contact applicants shortlisted for the Scholarship directly. If you haven't heard from us in the three weeks after the application deadline, your application for a Scholarship has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Can I get a sponsorship appeal letter?

Once your profile has been approved to attend the One Young World Summit, you will automatically receive a sponsorship appeal letter signed by our Founders. You can find this letter in your One Young World profile by logging in on our website and navigating to the Summit booking tab.


Who partners with One Young World?

Since 2009 One Young World has partnered with more than 500 of the world’s leading organisations, many of which are listed by Fortune 500 or FTSE 100. Partners include AB InBev, Accenture, AstraZeneca, Audi, BMW Group, BNP Paribas, BP, Citi, Coca-Cola, CP Group, Deloitte, DSM, EverTron, Google, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, L'Oréal, McKinsey & Company, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever, Verizon, Western Union. For many of these organisations, sending delegates to the annual Summit has become an integral part of their leadership development, human resources and sustainability programmes.

One Young World partnerships begin with sending a delegation to attend a Summit (delegate fee of £3,555 plus applicable VAT). Delegates can be employees or other impactful young leaders from outside the organisation.

How can my organisation partner with One Young World?

We welcome the partnership of companies, agencies, government departments, foundations, NGOs and individual philanthropists. If you are interested in learning more about how to partner with One Young World please download our 2019 Partnership Summary or get in touch with a member of the partnerships team at [email protected].


How can I change my password?

When logged in click on the Settings link in the top right menu. You will then come to your user edit page where you can change your password, main email address and username.

What do I do if I have forgotten my password?

Click here for instructions on how to reset your password via email. If you have forgotten which email address you used to create your account please email [email protected] for assistance. 

How can I update my profile information?

After logging in you should see your profile page. Underneath your name you will see two buttons View and Edit. Click on the Edit button to make changes to your profile. You can also click on the My Profile link in the top right menu to view your profile or make edits.

How can I delete my account?

When logged in, click on the Settings link in the top right menu. You will then come to your user edit page.  At the bottom of this page you will see the button Cancel Account. Clicking this will delete your account and all your information.


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What support do you offer for visa applications?

As soon as you have confirmed your place at the Summit by paying your independent Delegate fee or have been selected for a Scholarship, we will provide you with an official Letter of Invitation (LOI) to support your visa application, as well as an informative guide on how to submit your visa application.

If you need any further assistance or information during the application process, please email the Visa Team at [email protected].

Delegate Speaker Application

How long should my application be?

For the written application each question has a word limit, please keep to these guidelines. If you are submitting a video with your application this should be no more than 2 minutes in total. 

When will I hear whether I have been selected for interview / shortlisted / chosen to speak?

More information on this to follow at a date closer to the 2019 Summit.

Will I be able to use visual aids?

No, there are no visual aids.

Will the video I attach to my application be shown at the conference?

The video will not be used at the conference. We may use the video to promote the work you are doing before or after the conference.

Can I apply for more than one session?

Yes, you can apply for more than one session if you wish. If you do decide to apply for more than one session you will have to submit a completely new / separate application so please ensure each submission is tailored to answer the specific plenary session topic.

Do I have to submit a video? I don’t have a video camera

If you want to submit a video with your application to illustrate your work, please do, although it is not required for the application process.

What if my project doesn't perfectly fit in any of the sessions, can I still apply?

Please do apply, and try to tailor you content to address the content of the plenary session.  

What format should my video be?

Whatever format will enable to you load your video onto YouTube.

How long will the final speech be if I am selected to be a delegate speaker?

The delegate speeches are a maximum four and a half minutes long.