One Young World is the preeminent global forum for young leaders aged 18-30. The annual One Young World Summit brings together the brightest young change 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 and Bogotá. 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.

The One Young World Summit 2018 will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands from 17 – 20 October.

Counsellors: World leaders who participate in each Summit to lend stature and share expertise with delegates. Counsellors include 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.

Observers: 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.

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.

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.


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: partnerships@oneyoungworld.com.

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.

Please visit the Pricing page for more details.

Please visit the Pricing page for more details.

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 info@oneyoungworld.com.

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.


Anyone who attends a One Young World Summit as a delegate becomes an Ambassador. All 2018 delegates will graduate as Ambassadors at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Summit.

In between Summits Ambassadors work on their own independent social and environmental initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those already in existence. Of those in employment many return to their companies and set about creating change from within, energising their corporate environment.

There are currently more than 9,000 Ambassadors around the world and so far over 14.6 million people have been affected by One Young World Ambassador-led initiatives. 

Learn more about Ambassador impacts here.

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 info@oneyoungworld.com, 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 info@oneyoungworld.com 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.

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 safoora.biglari@oneyoungworld.com with your proposal. 

Ambassadors are automatically eligible to attend each One Young World Summit as a Returning Ambassador for the fee of £2,055,- (plus applicable VAT) including accommodation or £1,655,- (plus applicable VAT) excluding accommodation.

Please note that the age limit of 30 years old does not apply to Returning Ambassadors.

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 partnerships@oneyoungworld.com.



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, Barclays, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Facebook, Google, Janssen, Telefonica, Unilever, Volkswagen, OFID and Westpac. 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 £3,255 plus applicable VAT). Delegates can be employees or other impactful young leaders from outside the organisation.

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 2017 Summit brochure or get in touch with a member of the partnerships team at partnerships@oneyoungworld.com.


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Host Cities

One Young World Host Cities are culturally vibrant, youthful in spirit and forward-thinking cities that are already involved with or are looking to invest in sustainable initiatives that empower young people. We select Host Cities through a competitive bid process that analyses a wide range of the qualities and capabilities of potential host cities.

Parties interested in bidding on behalf of a potential Host City must submit a formal bid. For more information please contact the Host City team at ella.robertson@oneyoungworld.com.



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 visas@oneyoungworld.com.

Delegate Speaker Application

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. 

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

Each year, for various reasons, one delegate speaker is unable to attend the summit. We ask one person for each plenary session to prepare to speak so they can be called at a moment’s notice before or at the summit. Those chosen as reserves are people we would choose to speak if we had more speaker slots available. And each year one is chosen to speak.

No, there are no visual aids.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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