Daily Roundup: top moments from #OYW2018, Day 2

Day two of the One Young World Summit kicked off today with inspiring sessions on human rights issues, ranging from the refugee crisis to standing against sexual violence. Check out the  top 10 moments from today’s discussions.

1. Bob Geldof challenges delegates to create a new world

To help solve issues impacting today’s world around the environment, human rights, health, poverty and politics, the next generation must take action, urged Bob Geldof.


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2. OYW launches Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence

Rosario Dawson urged delegates to pledge to not only raise awareness against sexual violence but to take action and change culture. “We are no longer going to protect the victims and the violators. We are going to protect the victims and the voiceless,” said Dawson. Several delegates and Ambassadors shared their truth and vowed to continue sharing their stories and causes.

3. Amber Heard shines a light on the refugee journey

Many refugees have experienced sexual violence in the conflict they fled or en route to the refugee camp. Providing care and protection for survivors of sexual violence is immensely challenging. Panelists discussed how they have taken actions and how other young people can support refugees’ rights.

4.  Alongside OYW delegates, Counsellor Kumi Naidoo puts human rights at the center of the SDG agenda

Kumi Naidoo spoke on the need to design a society that puts respect for human rights at its core. Several delegate speakers shared testimonials where they suffered a human rights violations in their own communities.

5. OYW Counsellors urge investment in education

Currently 260 million children are not going to school. In a tribute to Kofi Annan, former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown urged delegates to be a part of the first generation in history where every child enjoys the right to education and to sign up for the global network for education.  

CEO, Tidjane Thiam in conversation with Marisa Drew discussed how investing in education drives economic empowerment and social mobility. “Knowledge is the way you deal with any problem or challenge,” said Thaim.

6. Returning Ambassadors share programming to address 17 SDGs

The inspiration and excitement that ignites at One Young World extends far beyond the four day Summit. Ambassadors from around the world are working on initiatives to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Case studies from returning Ambassadors Bernard Dingemans, Morgan Hewett and Gero Joks highlighted how this year's delegates can take the encouragement they gain in The Hague and turn it into meaningful impact.

7. OYW Counselor Richard Branson reflects on Kofi Annan’s humanitarian efforts

“Crucial to Kofi was the idea to involve everyone in the United Nations, central to this was business as not the problem, but part of the solution,” said Branson

8. Rt Hon Sir John Major announced winners of Young Politician of the Year Award

This award honors the work young politicians are doing to make a difference and improve youth engagement in politics.


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9. Business leaders step up as change makers

Counsellors Bob Dudley, John Roberts, Rakesh Kapoor and Ben van Beurden spoke on how a company’s mission should go far beyond creating products.

10. Returning Ambassadors focus on how to run an effective election campaign

Ambassadors Kenny Imafidon and Tabata C. Amaral de Pontes shared key lessons learned from their election campaign in São Paulo, Brazil.

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