Live Agenda 2019

This is only a skeleton agenda and will be updated closer to the Summit.

Tuesday 22nd October

9.30am - 4.00pm
Queen Elizabeth II Centre


An opportunity to network with fellow One Young World delegates in the Exhibition areas Fleming and Whittle, Floor 3

Exhibition Opens

Exhibition Area at 10.00am

12.00pm - 4.00pm
Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Stage Content Open

Content will run consecutively across three QEII stages on the ground and third floor from midday until 16:00hrs.

Queen Elizabeth II Centre


5.30pm - 8.00pm
Royal Albert Hall

Opening Ceremony

The One Young World Opening Ceremony marks the official beginning of the One Young World Summit 23 – 25 October and will be hosted at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, built at the behest of Queen Victoria for her late husband, Prince Albert. The concert hall will host 5,000 guests and will welcome One Young World Delegates to London. The Opening Ceremony is a celebration the with cultural entertainment, keynote speeches from global figures, and the Flag Bearing Ceremony featuring Delegates representing 190+ countries and sets the tone for the rest of the Summit.

8.00pm - 11.00pm
Natural History Museum

Delegates Dinner

Opening Dinner will take place on 22 October in the Natural History Museum, one of London’s most iconic buildings and a centre of pioneering scientific research, education and conservation.
The purpose of the dinner is to provide One Young World Delegates with the opportunity to network and to celebrate the start of the Summit.

Wednesday 23rd October

Central Hall Westminster

Lead2030 - working towards the SDG's

In 2015, 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious road map to create a better world by 2030. From ending extreme poverty to protecting our oceans, the Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious plan to create a sustainable future. To make this future a reality, we need a generation of young leaders who are meaningfully engaged with the Global Goals and are working purposefully to achieve them.

One Young World partners have committed $500,000 to support and scale the world's most impactful youth-led initiatives. This initiative launched in The Hague and formed by One Young World, Lead2030 is the first coalition of global businesses working together to support youth-led innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake introduces the effect of this initiative after its first year. 

Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof is a singer, songwriter, author, and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats, and today is widely recognised for his activism, particularly his anti-poverty efforts in Africa. Friend to One Young World and one of our very first Counsellors, attending the Summit in London in 2010. Bob delivers his impactful opening address.​


Feike Sijbesma, DSM

Too little, too late, can we save the Ocean from plastic?

The oceans are our life support system and if they fail we fail. The oceans are in critical condition. They are being exploited from over fishing , polluted with plastic and warming from carbon emissions.
We cannot solve the climate crisis without solving the ocean crisis first.

Entrepreneur and Marine Conservationist, Chris Gorell-Barnes talks about how we can solve this crisis through marine protection and restoration and in doing so secure global goal 14. Chris introduces Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch, who shares his incredible journey of the Sky Ocean Rescue plan - #PassOnPlastic

Responsibility in times of transformation

At last year’s summit, Peter Schwarzenbauer argued that that a company’s long-term right to exist depends on the ability to reflect on the role of business and the authentic articulation of purpose to actively shape the future we want to live in. This year, he takes purpose to the next level: What are the main trends that are challenging todays economy? How can big companies help to solve todays problems and simultaneously shape their profile to exist also in the future?

The Rapid Transition scenario: Meeting the goals of the Paris agreement

Oneness of Humanity - an Interfaith discussion

Moderated by One Young World Counsellor Mohamed Amersi, the One Young World Interfaith Dialogue will convene global leaders from a wide range of faith communities around the world. Addressing our global audience of young leaders, all from different beliefs, religions, cultures and traditions, the faith leaders will share their insights on the significance of interfaith cooperation and the strength of unity. This session will also explore achieving pluralism in our incredibly diverse but interdependent world and how accepting the oneness of humanity is key to just, peaceful and inclusive societies.​

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Catering Starts

Central Hall Westminster

Amnesty International

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General, Amnesty explains why they must campaign for climate justice, SDG 13. Putting people’s fundamental rights at the core of solutions to the climate emergency


Bram Schot, Audi

How saving the most endangered species on earth can help save the planet?

SDG 15 - Life on Land and the protection of the species of our planet. Supermodel and philanthropist Doutzen Kroes introduces primatologist & anthropologist Dame Jane Goodall who speaks about her lifelong career working with some of the most endangered species on earth and the balance between the treatment of animals and the health of the planet.

Building Resilience for a Domino Effect of Change

Mental health challenges continue to have a devastating impact on individuals, families, communities and economies globally. Chronic mental illnesses are particularly harmful for youth as effects can last a lifetime, resulting in loss of hope, productivity and economic growth. Yet, varying stigmas and perceptions of mental illness across cultures prevent people from getting the care they need. Mental health is particularly essential to building resilience. And resilience, the ability to adapt, recover and grow in the face of adversity, is what enables change makers to maximize their impact and well-being. As a long-time advocate and expert, Johnson & Johnson is committed to be a leader in the next chapter in mental health and building resilient leaders on the front lines of care. Hear how the Company is building a network of resilient change makers who are the heart of healthy communities, generating a domino effect changing the trajectory of health for humanity.

PLENARY - Planetary Health; how is climate change endangering our health?

Our Planetary Health Plenary Session is themed: “Planetary Health; how is climate change endangering our health?”

Air pollution is killing 7 million a year and harming billions more.

Not only is it fuelling climate change and destroying planetary health, it is creating a public health “time bomb”. Until we stop poisoning the planet, we will continue to make humans ill.

Nine out of ten of the world’s children are breathing toxic air, the World Health Organisation revealed last October. The WHO study found that 600,000 children were dying annually from respiratory infection.

Urbanisation is exacerbating the problem. Unesco predicts that by 2030 5 billion people (61% of the world’s population) will live in cities. This migration is being increased by climate change, which is having a profound impact on human health.

From direct effects caused by floods, droughts, and heatwaves through to indirect effects such as bad harvests and poor water quality, climate change is a major contributor to heart and lung disease, malnutrition and mental illness.

Among the One Young World community, 76% believe this generation will leave the planet in a better state than it is currently. Our Ambassador projects tackle air pollution in Africa, through the use of smokeless briquettes for cooking, to maintaining clean and sustainable water supplies in rural Peru. Schemes have educated 1,674,953,868 on environmental sustainability and impacted 1,342,595 people in getting access to physical and mental health services.

Can young leaders find new ways to protect people from illness by first curing our stricken planet?

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Central Hall Westminster

Michael Møller and Douglas Booth in conversation

UN Perceptions Michael Møller, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the 12th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva in conversation with Actor Douglas Booth who has been a UNHCR Supporter since 2015 helping to raise awareness and funds for refugees and advocating for their rights. In a world increasingly shaped by climate change, poverty and conflict, the SDGs cannot be achieved without taking into account the rights and needs of refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. Michael and Douglas discuss the UN's role in helping these displaced people.

Sharing First Ladies’ Stories: How young leaders can become agents of change?

Politician of the Year

The Politician of the Year Award was established last year to celebrate the most impressive and impactful politicians aged 35 and under. The 2019 shortlist exemplifies the outstanding achievements of young leaders who have infiltrated the old guard of politics worldwide. From that list of 20 exceptional politicians, the expert judging panel have selected five honourees for their outstanding leadership. The winners are Juan Guaidó, Mbali Ntuli, Thórdís Gylfadóttir, Hervé Berville and Magid Magid

Thursday 24th October

Central Hall Westminster

Ambassadors in Action

Leading by example, One Young World Ambassadors from various sectors explain the ways in which they used their previous experiences at One Young World Summits to launch these initiatives within their companies and the wider community. The case studies demonstrate the ways in which this year's cohort of delegates can take the inspiration they gain in London and turn it into meaningful impact.


James Quincey, Coca Cola

Linking Business & Education

The majority of the world’s young people are living in developing countries. Many of those young people live in contexts characterized by high levels of job uncertainty and ambiguity, and where formal jobs are scarce and even informal jobs are difficult to find. Addressing these complex challenges requires the identification of innovative and inclusive growth opportunities in an integrated manner. Therefore, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed Tijmen Rooseboom as an ‘Ambassador Youth, Education and Work’. He will address the need for an integrated approach where education is reformed to 21st century needs so that young people become agile for what the future of work might bring and he will address businesses that hiring young people can bring innovation and growth to one’s company. The main way for growth to improve living standards and reduce poverty rates is through rising labor incomes in sectors where skill development and technological learning promote more productivity growth which in turn can lead to more jobs. This is particularly important if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Those global goals aim to end extreme poverty, halt climate change, and fight inequality. And that requires us to address the root causes of socioeconomic issues. Young people’s ideas, innovations and entrepreneurial projects are therefore crucial in order to achieve the SDG’s by 2030.

An Introduction to Professor Muhammad Yunus and Achieving the Three Zeros

Hans Reitz and Lamiya Morshed introduce Nobel Peace Laureate & Founder of the Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus and introduce his mission to eradicate three unintended and harmful after effects of unrestrained capitalism and how he intends to improve prospects for everyone

Plenary Session- Poverty Alleviation Can innovation solve economic inequality?

The global economy is projected to grow by 3.5% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund, while the number of people officially living in poverty has tumbled to a record low of 655m, around 9% of the world’s population. y

Despite this, the World Bank believes that the United Nations sustainable development goal of eradicating poverty by 2030 is unlikely to be met. The UN set the target in 2015 but the World Bank warned in December that 480m - 6% of the global population - will still be living on less than $1.90 a day when the deadline arrives.

Yet while many go without, the rich get richer. By 2030 the richest 1% of the world’s population will control almost two-thirds (64%) of global wealth, according to research conducted by the British House of Commons released last year. Their combined assets are set to rise from $140 trillion in 2018 to $305 trillion 12 years later.

One Young World Ambassador initiatives have given employability and entrepreneurial skills training to 652,500 students. Our projects have helped 202,970 people to overcome poverty and giving access to affordable energy, clean water and sanitation.

How can young entrepreneurs ensure a more sustainable and inclusive path to economic growth that benefits the poor as well as the wealth creators themselves?

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Catering starts

Central Hall Westminster


Dame Vivian Hunt, McKinsey


Vismay Sharma, L'Oreal

Plenary Session - Media Freedom Media Freedom; how can we protect the truth?

The subject of our Media Freedom Plenary Session is: “Media Freedom; how can we protect the truth?”

News is in crisis. While the Internet has provided the digital native generation with unprecedented opportunities for communication, it has also unleashed a tsunami of fake news and propaganda.

The Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report of 2018, found that 54% of people agree or strongly agree that they are concerned about what is real and fake on the Internet. This figure rises to 85% in Brazil, 69% in Spain and 64% in the US. Fewer than a quarter (23%) of respondents globally said they trusted news they found on social media.

More journalists are being killed, with 94 media workers dying in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire during 2018, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

One Young World Ambassador projects are fighting back for freedom of speech. Noorjahan Akbar’s Free Women Writers scheme in Afghanistan provides a platform for 130 contributors and over 100,000 monthly readers. Saeed Atcha’s Xplode magazine project has given media skills to 2,500 schoolchildren aged 10-11 and supported 90 children in creating their own magazines. Nyus Alfred created the Sporte Avis platform for young sports journalists in the Eastern Caribbean.

How can young leaders create new models for online news that we can trust?


Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Central Hall Westminster

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was created to identify and promote the world’s most revolutionary young entrepreneurs. The award honours five leaders – aged 35 and under – who have been judged on the positive social impact of their business ventures and how they are inspiring others with their leadership. The winners are Severin Hacker, Catherine Mahugu, Kathryn Minshew, Srikanth Bolla and Silas Adekunle. One Young World Trustee Elio Leoni Sceti, who is also Chief Crafter & Co-Founder of The Craftory, introduces the session reflecting on the evolution of Purpose-driven business, FMCG 2.0, and delivering righteous causes brand by brand

The Kofi Annan Lecture

Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), Nobel Peace Laureate and the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, was a one of our original Counsellors and a cherished friend to One Young World. To honour Kofi Annan and his legacy, we are proud to be staging The Kofi Annan Lecture 2019 in London.​

Reckitt Benckiser (RB)


Anjuli Pandit, BNP Paribas


One Young World 2014 Dublin was the first global event to put disability centre stage with the incredible Caroline Casey who followed that with a horseride across Colombia. Arriving at the Opening of One Young World 2018 Bogota, she asked CEO's to join her and #Valuable500 was born with the support of Paul Polman, One Young World's Global Advisory Board Chairman. #Valuable 500 is the leading global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda. Founder Caroline Casey gives an update on the latest companies joining this global movement.

Friday 25th October

Central Hall Westminster

SPECIAL SESSION - Ambassadors in Action


Marisa Drew & Scilla Elworthy, Credit Suisse

The Elders interview: Grace Machel & Ernesto Zedillo interviewer Jon Snow

Future of Business

This session will see Unilever Leaders - Alan Jope, Chief Executive Officer, and Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer, join One Young World to share their thoughts on the future of business. Anchored on their experiences and insights, Alan and Leena will be covering a wide range of topics that are critical to ensure that businesses delivers a positive impact for society, the economy and the environment. As passionate advocates for the power of youth, Alan and Leena will also share their perspective for how youth leadership can play a role in shaping the future of business

The Unbossed Generation

An unboss is not concerned with titles, power over others, and the corporate ladder— they serve, empower, and amplify the voices of their people. What if we could build a generation of unbosses? What if we unbossed the world?

Preparing young people with the skills to succeed in the workplace

Education is the cornerstone of sustainable development, yet there are over 800 million young people (aged 10-24) worldwide who will not have the skills necessary for the workforce of the future. The shifting nature of work means rethinking the skills and opportunities needed for success. There are clear gaps emerging in countries all over the world between what is learnt in school, the skills people have, and the jobs and industries that will drive sustainable growth in the future.
Michele Parmelee, Deloitte Global Chief People & Purpose Officer will discuss how businesses are collaborating and making an impact in preparing young people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, so that prosperity and progress are shared, and no one is left behind.

Candid Conversation With Ronan Dunne and Rose Kirk: Purposes of Education When Knowledge Won’t Stand Still

Modern technology requires a lifelong-learning mentality – and not only for people in what we commonly call "technical" professions. We don't have a lot of structures for facilitating that kind of lifelong learning – and we need them urgently.
We also need to face the fact that our technological development is outstripping our ability to manage it, or to even think about it constructively. This has already had dire implications for our political systems, for our families, for consumer confidence, and for much else.
In other words, we don't just need better tech – we need better ways of developing, using, and understanding tech. After all, tech is here to serve humanity – not humanity to serve tech. If we can reorient our approach to education to reflect these realities, we could make this century a turning point toward an entirely better vision of the future.

PLENARY - Education : Does the future of learning need to be reimagined?

This year’s Education Plenary Session will address the question: “Does the future of learning need to be reimagined?” 

From electric cars to smartphone apps, many everyday features of modern life would have been inconceivable to most classroom professionals when they were school students themselves.

The world is evolving so fast that the school curriculum often struggles to keep pace. Digital native schoolchildren can be bewildered by classroom teaching methods that shun the online resources at their fingertips.

SDG 4 pledges to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. But how much quality exists in lessons that are stuck in the past?

Instead of learning about environmental sustainability, changing demographics, and the potential of artificial intelligence, children around the world learn from textbooks that would have been familiar to their parents and grandparents.

One Young World Ambassadors have utilised online tools and innovative teaching methods to impact 108,150 students, including child refugees in Malaysia and Myanmar. Our projects have taught 30,000 students and 200 school teachers how to code.

What more can young leaders do to ensure education systems evolve with our changing world?


Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Central Hall Westminster

Sports panel - Peace & Sport

World class athletes discuss the unique role sport can play in bringing people together and promoting tolerance and understanding. Sharing their personal stories, these athletes reflect on the ways in they have overcome obstacles, responded to pressure and how their experiences and careers have influenced their fans and supporters and the extent to which the Olympics and other major sporting events can alter public opinion.

A new order of Global Leadership:

Richard Branson in conversation with Jaha Dukureh and Uzo Iweala will talk about fighting inequality and injustice, exploring how the rising global leaders from The NewNow are changing their communities right now, using their agency in some of the world’s toughest places and tackling global challenges in the process.

Plenary Session - Peaceful future: In a polarised world how can we build peace?

Peaceful Future will be addressed in a Plenary Session headed: “In a polarised world how can we build peace?

“There is an ongoing deterioration in global peace,” said Steve Killelea, head of the Institute for Economics and Peace on the publication of its 2018 Global Peace Index, which found that conflicts have increased in the past decade. It recorded a deterioration in peace in six of the nine regions of the world and in 92 countries. Terrorism and internal conflict were the biggest threats to peace.

Climate change is destabilising communities, fuelling poverty and conflict. The rise of social media has seen a surge in hate speech and intolerance. The FBI reported a 17% rise in hate crimes in the United States in 2017, the third consecutive year of increase.

One Young World Ambassador projects have educated and engaged 207,774 people in peace building projects. Almost two-thirds of Ambassadors actively lead change in their communities to bring about lasting peace and justice. One Young World co-founded Extremely Together, a unique initiative in which young leaders enable their peers to tackle extremism of all kinds.

What is the role of young people in tackling intolerance and building a peaceful future?


Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Networking break

Central Hall Westminster

Closing ceremony