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By Nada Kashkari, J&J OYW Delegate, Territory Manager for Medical Devices, J&J Professional, Saudi Arabia

“We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together we exist, and forever we will recreate one another … We need a world of three zeros: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emission” said Professor Muhammed Yunus in the opening ceremony of the One Young World (OYW) 2017 Summit. OYW is a movement, a step forward, a solution and an amelioration of everything problematic in our world today. We, this generation, play a huge role in solving these issues. This year’s OYW Summit brought together 1,300 young leaders from 196 countries around the world in Bogota, Columbia, to create a positive change and strive to make the world a better place.

The OYW Summit Opening Ceremony stage on Simón Bolívar Plaza. 

I was so grateful to have been selected as one of 34 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) employees to attend the Summit. It was an amazing experience to connect with fellow J&J young leaders who are equally excited about using their foothold in the Company to do good, and to learn how we can contribute to J&J’s commitment to improve the health of humanity. Equally memorable was having the opportunity to connect with some of most influential people and scholars from across the world who shared their visions and journeys to creating change in their community. Last but not least was the opportunity to be the Saudi Arabia flag bearer during the Opening Ceremony. Carrying my country’s flag really hit home the sense of responsibly I feel toward making Saudi Arabia and the world a better place for all.

My fellow flag bearers during the OYW Summit Opening Ceremony. 

The Saudi 2030 Vision believes in change. This is demonstrated by the historical changes that were initiated by the 32-year-old Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. He is an optimistic leader who strongly believes in the potential of Saudi youth to shape the future. Both, the Saudi 2030 Vision and OYW have this in common. Youth should be a driving force for the change we want to see in the world.

Our mandate is easier said than done. We want people to be aware of the suffering in the world, but also of the ability to change this. We are all one, no matter our nationality, religion or race. It is our responsibility as young leaders to develop solutions to the problems facing our world today and for the generations to come. We want to spread love around the world and let fears disappear. OYW is one of the most important gatherings in the world to focus on youth driven solutions to a better, safer and healthier world.

AnnaLynne McCord delivered shared her experiences of sexual violence and the way the mind can help to process and understand trauma

Change is not easy, and does not happen overnight. But I hope that you, just like me, now understand the vast potential if we have to act as one and create a tidal wave of change from one corner of the world to another.

Nada Kashkari, J&J OYW Delegate, Territory Manager for Medical Devices, J&J Professional, Saudi Arabia