One Young World 2011 Zurich, Switzerland
One Young World - Where the leaders for tomorrow, start leading.

1278 Delegates from 171 countries makes:

Supported by counsellors including:

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Sir Bob Geldof 

Muhammad Yunus 

Kofi Annan

Delegates tell the world what the leaders of tomorrow think and feel

- and what actions they demand of the leaders of today.  

"The world is facing a number of enormous challenges over the next

fifty years as it tries to evolve from a consumption-driven economy,

to a new, sustainable economy. The leaders of today are just
starting to grapple with the challenges; it will be the leaders of

tomorrow who have to deliver thesolutions to overcome them. Our
job is to inspire these new leaders to seizethe opportunities these 

challenges present.” 

Paul Polman, Global Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Jamie Oliver makes a rare speech at the One Young World summit
in Zurich on September 2nd; it was the first time that the chef and
campaigner has given a public speech since his acceptance of the 

prestigious TED Prize in February 2010.

As with the TED speech, Oliver focused his attentions on the global 

fight against the obesity epidemic and the urgent need for strategic 

action to educate and empower young people and communities so 

that they have the knowledge to make better food choices.

Jamie said: “When I was approached by One Young World to 

address the summit, I knew that it would be one of the toughest 

speeches I would ever give.  These 1,200 delegates, all under 27, 

come from over 170 different countries and they’re the leaders and 

decision-makers of tomorrow.  These guys don’t care about 

formalities or protocol – they want an insight on the global obesity 

epidemic.  I hope that everyone leaves the room with a sense of 

urgency that action needs to be taken.  Now.”

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution link:
Joss Stone Singer Songwriter

"Through One Young World, I will be working alongside some of 

the most inspirational young people in the world today. What One 

Young World ambassadors are doing has the potential to make 

real global change and I cannot wait to meet them all in Zurich in 

The One Young World Summit may be over, but the work has only 

begun. As the hundreds of delegates return to their home countries 

from Zurich, they are relying upon the same social media platforms 

that made the amazing discussions we saw over the weekend 


This is perhaps what’s most unique about One Young World: The 

delegates don’t leave the summit simply with a list of new 

networking contacts, but with a support group of like-minded young 

people from across the globe who are ready to help with each 

other’s projects.

The One Young World Facebook page

in particular, has become a place where delegates are  sharing
specific ideas and promoting worthwhile causes. Many delegates 

have posted not only about the organizations and programs they 

themselves have created, but also about those generated by young 

people who did not attend the summit.

Hans Balmaekers considered starting an online support system for 

young leaders; Sabhanaz Rashid Diya promoted a mentoring 

project that combats youth unemployment in Bangladesh. Calls for 

support for programs addressing everything from women’s health 

initiatives, to climate change, to the right of a free press appeared 

almost hourly, and none without a response. Actions that promote 

the current projects of One Young World delegates have popped 

up on the page as well. Ingrida Kerusauskaite, a delegate from 

Lithuania, alerted followers to the One Young World magazine she 

was creating, a periodical that would allow the leaders to express 

their views openly and without censorship. And her call did not go 

unanswered: responses by the dozens came in to support the 

magazine, and Ingrida assured respondents that the publication 

would use Skype, Facebook, and email to acquire voices from as 

many locations as possible. Meanwhile, the organizers of the 

“Wakeup Call,” a new movement that launched at One Young 

World, already have a Facebook up with some 350 “likes.”

The Return of ArchbishopEmeritus Desmond Tutu as Counsellor at 

the 2011 Summit, Zurich, Switzerland.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu joins other leading figures 

including Muhammad Yunus, Sir Bob Geldof, Crown Prince Haakon 

of Norway and Fatima Bhutto to act as counselors to One Young 

World ambassadors as they address some of the most challenging 

issues facing the world today.  

He said "I was inspired by the energy, ideas and dynamism of the 

wonderful young people I met in London last year and I am 

delighted to be attending the second gathering of these individuals 

in Zurich this year. Young people are changing the world in which 

we live at an incredible pace and it is important that we listen to the 

young leaders of tomorrow and encourage them to address the 

problems in the world today."
Zurich Mayor Corine Mauch welcomes over 1200 Delegates from 

171 countries to Switzerland at the Opening Ceremony.
Siemens Sustainable Cities interactive wall 
“One Young World is an inspiring forum, in which I am proud to play 

a part. Equally inspiring are the stories and ambitions of the One 

Young World delegates – our leaders of the future.” 
Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive of Retail and Business Banking, 

Doug Richard launches SMALL GIANTS at ONE YOUNG WORLD: 

1278 Delegates from 171 countries vote at the end of each 

Plenary, the Resolution on the Role of Global Business is passed.

Resolution: In the belief that global businesses have the power 

and responsibility to relieve poverty and improve working and living 

conditions in the developing world, 

we resolve to: Support companies who transparently demonstrate 

that they are attempting to alleviate poverty through ethical 

employment and training indeveloping nations.
One Young World 2011 Zurich, Switzerland

One Young World 2011 Zurich, Switzerland

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