Weekly Roundup: Ambassador delivers inspirational keynote speech at ECOSOC & much more


Yolanda Joab gives impassioned keynote statement at ECOSOC

Yolanda gave an inspiring speech on empowerment, inclusion and the fight for equality at the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum. She pushed the necessity of the participation of young people, and stressed the role of the Pacific decision-making on climate change. Watch the stirring speech below.

Tabata Amaral calls out the failures of the Brazilian Education Minister

Parliamentarian and OYW Ambassador Tabata burst into the national consciousness in Brazil as she held the Education Minister to account during a heated discussion in Congress. She lambasted him for his failure to understand, let alone manage and improve the Brazilian education system. In a BBC Brazil article, Tabata also criticised the regressive political culture and her experience of being harassed and patronised as a young congresswoman. Read the full article here.

Brazilian Ambassadors start campaign to fund emergency housing in Sao Paolo

On behalf of the organisation Teto Brazil, ten OYW Ambassadors have launched a campaign to raise funds for 100 new houses to will replace dangerously uninhabitable accommodation in the slums in Sao Paolo. To donate and help this essential mission, please follow this link.

Sinéad Burke appointed to Council of State by Irish President

President Michael D. Higgins appointed Sinéad as a member of the Council of State, along with six others. The disability activist and OYW Ambassador joins the Council which is consulted by the President of Ireland on constitutional issues and advises on the use of the President’s discretionary powers. Read the announcement here.

Amanda Nguyen launches Rise Justice Labs – the 1st accelerator for civil rights movements

In an article publicised by Forbes, Amanda announced the launch of her incubator for civil rights movements. The first of its kind, Rise Justice Labs will scale the lessons learnt from Amanda’s successful lobbying campaign Rise, creating an incubator with coaches and a curriculum. It is founded in her belief that “leaders of social campaigns should think more like startup CEOs”. Read the full article here.

Fast Company publish article on the project of Irina Fedorenko 

Irina’s startup Biocarbon Engineering produces drones which plant trees, using technology in the race against climate change. The drones have operated all over the world, and are now being used by a non-profit in Myanmar called Worldview International Foundation. To find out more about the project enabled by the innovative work of Irina, read the full article here.

Rumaitha Al Busaidi sits on Environmental Leadership Panel at World Economic Forum

Rumaitha spoke at the 10th World Economic Forum on the Middle East & North Africa. She was part of the Environmental Leadership panel discussing the essential skills that are needed to produce more environmental leaders and entrepreneurs.

Ambassadors addressed by Obama at Town Hall Session

Costas Georgiades and Jerome Jarre were honoured to have been invited to participate in the Obama Town Hall session in Berlin. The event convened over 200 young leaders from across Europe, and President Obama himself inspired the attendees.

Prakash Koraila selected as Nepalese NEWSMAKER 2075

Prakash was chosen by renowned national newspaper, Nepal Magazine, as a NEWSMAKER of 2075 (this Nepalese year). He has been recognised for his impactful work promoting financial literacy and inclusion across Nepal.

Ambassadors attend forums at Ibrahim Governance Weekend

Sesame Mogotsi was refreshed to interact with young leaders and professionals from across Africa and the diaspora, engaging in frank, factual and African-led discussion on mobility and migration. Also in attendance were fellow OYW Ambassadors Julius Fieve and Emmanuel Gasore. Julius wrote an insightful article on the forum, issues facing the continent of Africa, how to achieve good governance and the role of young African leaders. Read the full article here.

Koka Kapanadze represents Youth Delegates at the Council of Europe

As Georgia’s Youth Delegate to the Congress of Council of Europe, Koka delivered a speech during the Council of Europe debates on social rights of young people. He represented the views and recommendations of the youth delegates, and placed special emphasis on the protection of labour rights of young people. 




Adam Matan presented with OBE by the Duke of Cambridge

Adam travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive one of the highest honours available in the UK, an OBE, bestowed upon him by Prince William in a ceremony which also honoured England football captain, Harry Kane.

Two Ambassadors recognised by Forbes 30 under 30

Tamana Asey (Afghanistan) and Eva Mackinley (Australia) were featured in the recently released list of young leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. Tamana was included amongst the top 30 young leaders in "Healthcare & Science" for her integral role in the criminalisation of hymen testing in Afghanistan, and continued campaigning against the inhumane practice. Meanwhile, Eva can be found in the "Media, Marketting and Advertising" list, celebrated for co-founding "The Last Straw" campaign, a project whose mission is to reduce the use of plastic straws and single-use plastics across Australia. See the full list here.

Gregory Rockson wins valuable Skoll Award and expands startup to East Africa

Gregory's Ghanain health startup mPharma is the proud recipient of the 2019 Skoll Award, rewarding their incredible impact fixing the drug supply chain for African healthcare. Awardees will receive $1.5 million investment or core support grant to scale their work and increase their impact. Additionally, mPharma recently acquired Kenya's second largest chain of pharmacies, breaking into the East African market.


"The Global Threat of White Terror" - Bjørn Ihler article published by the Khmer Times

In light of the tragic terrorist attack in New Zealand this week, Bjørn wrote an article exploring the platforming of far-right extremism and the normalisation of dangerous rhetoric. Read more here.

Begonia Randhav’s film BLATTEN a winner at Women International Film Festival 2019

The festival aims to select films from around the world that engage and inform people about women rights related to gender issues, child abuse, sexual harassment, and stories of remarkable men and women who lend a helping hand in the struggle for equality and empowerment. Begonia's film placed as runner-up at the competitive event in Islamabad. 

TechInAfrica promote Ambassadors' initiative "TukAid"

The initiative, TukAid, which was established by OYW Ambassadors Jamie Boon and Edwin de Wit, was featured in an article on the website TechInAfrica. The article publicises the imminent launch of TukAid in Kenya and Nigeria. Read more here.

Kehkashan Basu attends UN Environment Assembly with Green Hope

Along with a delegation from her organisation Green Hope, Kehkashan attended the UNEA in Nairobi. Whilst there, Green Hope conducted a sustainability workship for children of prisoners. They also engaged with over 150 young people in Kisumu, donating water storage containers and solar lamps as well as educating them about the sustainable development process. In addition, Kehkashan was recently the youngest person ever to feature on the cover of CREDO magazine, and was introduced by an editorial from HSH Prince Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein. Read the online edition here.

Ioanna Demosthenous selected for Expert Working Group on Youth Rights

Ioanna was chosen by the European Youth Forum as a member of the Expert Working Group on Youth Rights. She is currently attending a capacity building training in Geneva.

Karen Carvajalino is talks women in tech on International Women's Day

It was a busy day for Karen, who participated in a conference at Microsoft Latam with a girls programme in tech and entrepreneurship. She was then interviewed on the importance of women in ICT, and increasing participation. Finally, she spoke at the Telefonica conference on women’s empowerment and the future.

Ambassadors selected as 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation's Entrepreneurship fellows

Fatoumatta Kassama was selected from over 200,000 applicants for the fellowship, receiving access to mentorship, training and $5,000 seed capital for her organisation Eye Care for All. Dr Isaac Olufadewa, founder of the Slum and Rural Health Initiative Network Africa, was also named as one of the as 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundations Entrepreneurship fellows, receiving the same support.

Emmanuele Marie Parra featured on Light TV radio show 

Emmanuele Marie was a guest on the radio show as a representative of "Powerful Ladies in the Philippines". In an in-depth discussion, they explored her advocacy for human rights, leading CSR at Thomson Reuters Manila, and her role as an Ambassador at OYW. She was also humbled to receive the Women Who Rock: Corporate Social Responsibility Award, and honour bestowed for her relentless and impressive work at Thomson Reuters and beyond in our community.

Wilbur Tupua joins the High Court of New Zealand

Wilbur was ecstatic to officially qualify as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. 

Charif Hamadi attends the Global Education and Skills Forum

Charif attended the inspiring event hosted by the Varkey Foundation. Whilst there, he shared research insights from his organisation Ed 4.0 and their new, innovative solutions to democratise access to quality education.

James Thuch Madhier delivers keynote speech at UNICEF Canada Gala

At the fundraising Water for Life Gala, James was invited to give the keynote speech by UNICEF Canada. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Rainmaker Enterprise, implementing solar-powered, water infrastructure to support sustainable agriculture and consumption in remote, rural regions.

Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE tackles the topic of racism on Sky Sports 

In light of recent events and a concerning trend in the world of football, Rimla participated in a panel discussion on Sky Sports on the issue of racism in football, wider society, and potential solutions. Watch the extended feature below:

Luciana Vilar Denardi speaks at CFO Summit ANZ

Luciania, CA for Oceania, spoke to the audience of senior business leaders about CSR, its targets and its costs. She also touched upon the role of One Young World as a driver for positive change. 

Julius Fieve hosts Women Rising Summit

Julius hosted the 2nd Annual Women Rising Summit in the Mafi Zongo Electoral Area. The summit focused primarily on promoting gender equality and empowerment of women.


Events & Caucuses

Hong Kong Caucus

In partnership with One Young World, the HKFYG Leadership Institute hosted a two-day caucus in Hong Kong. Five ambassadors were flown over to give speeches and host workshop events on their fields of expertise: Caritta Seppa, Brighton Kaoma, Nicole Fagan, Karan Jerath and Heidy Quah. 

Finance & Business 2030

One Young World, Chartered Accountants Worldwide & City of London hosted Finance & Business 2030 at Mansion House, London. #FinanceBiz2030 is an initiative to unite the finance and business community to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Over 100 young professionals from the world's biggest firms took part.

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