The annual OYW Summit gathers together young leaders (aged 18-30) from across the globe, empowering them to make positive change for a better future by providing them with a platform to share, debate and formulate innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The theme of this year’s Summit was ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ and the Summit opened with world leaders such as Kofi Annan and Professor Muhammad Yunus calling on the 2017 OYW delegates to stand up and take action in a world that is facing increasing uncertainty.
The 2017 Summit
J&J has partnered with One Young World since 2013, sending over 90 J&J young leaders to the annual Summit to date. This year, saw a significant scaling in J&J presence, both in terms of J&J delegate numbers, but also in terms of J&J visibility at the Summit.
This included a J&J Change Maker booth which featured a four-step interactive change maker journey with a quiz to identify leadership attributes; J&J’s Donate a Photo (with $1 donated by J&J to Save the Children’s famine cause in Yemen, Nigeria and East Africa for every photo taken); a living art wall to create a symbolic image of peace and, finally, the opportunity for delegates to share their presence, including their Donate a Photo, on social media.
In addition, there was a J&J plenary sessions on the main stage with global partner Save the Children focusing on resilience building for Syrian refugee children and their families; a J&J best practice break-out session presented by two returning OYW J&J ambassadors and J&J OYW Scholar Charles Akhimien participating in the Poverty Alleviation plenary on the main stage – plus many more activities that highlighted the impact that J&J is making across the globe.