London has been announced as the host city for the celebrity-luring One Young World Summit in 2019.
One Young World, a global forum for young leaders, has announced London as the host city for its global Summit in 2019.
The summit will take place in central Westminster, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre and other venues, from October 22 to 25 and will mark the tenth anniversary of One Young World.
Over 1,500 young leaders from more than 190 countries, including dozens from the Nordic countries, will gather in the UK capital, making it “the most international gathering other than the Olympics to ever take place in the UK”, according to the city’s promotional company London & Partners.
Since launching in 2009, One Young World has built a network of over 9,000 ambassadors – young leaders whose projects have impacted 17.5 million people worldwide.
London will also host high-profile leaders who work with these ambassadors and delegates, “sharing their experiences of making a positive social impact”.
In previous years, this group has included Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, campaigners and activists including Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Mary Robinson, Justin Trudeau, Emma Watson and the soon-to-be-bride of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle (pictured).
The ambassadors’ work and projects include areas such as fighting social injustice, tackling extreme terrorism and raising the issue of mental health.
The forum “inspires young leaders to drive change, take action and tackle today’s most pressing issues”, London & Partners says. In 2017, 2.9 million people were impacted as a result of the work undertaken by the ambassadors, so that every $1 invested the One Young World community delivered a social return of $13.
Prime Minister Theresa May, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and others praised the efforts to take the events back to the UK capital. To date, summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014), Bangkok (2015), Ottawa (2016) and Bogota (2017).