25 September 2015
The Hague selected to host One Young World Summit 2018
One Young World, the most important international forum for young leaders, announced on 24 September that the annual summit in 2018 would take place in The Hague. The Hague beat off strong competition in the bidding process, which also included submissions from Paris and Belgrade.
The summit brings 1,500 future world leaders from more than 190 countries to The Hague. They discuss global issues such as justice, peace and the environment and develop solutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century. According to the organisation, ‘The Hague put forward an impressive and passionate proposal, which, coupled with its standing as the International City of Peace and Justice, caught the attention of the One Young World bid committee.’
‘Building a better world’
Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said, ‘The Hague looks forward to hosting One Young World in 2018. Our city is known as the international city of peace and justice and it is no exaggeration to state that decisions made here affect the entire world and the whole of humanity. The Hague’s unique profile will enable One Young World to create awareness, reach a greater audience of young people from all over the world and to actively contribute towards building a better world.’
During the summit, often referred to as a ‘Young Davos’, delegates are facilitated by a distinguished global leaders like Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Mary Robertson and Kofi Annan.
The Dutch Bid Committee consists of 8 young adults who are One Young World ambassadors and represent Siemens, Unilever and McKinsey. The Dutch government and different international organisations also support the Dutch candidacy with The Hague as host city.
The Hague Convention Bureau (THCB) identified One Young World more than a year ago as ‘dovetailing perfectly with the profile of The Hague as a convention city’ and over the past year appointed a project manager to bring in the summit. The city has proved its worth as a conference destination in the past by hosting the Nuclear Security Summit and the Global Conference on CyberSpace.
About One Young World
One Young World offers a unique platform to young leaders to network with delegates from all different countries and sectors and to debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. Since the first summit in 2010, more than 6.6 million people have been influenced by the work of the One Young World ambassadors. The annual One Young World Summit brings more nations together than at any other major event other than the Olympics.
To date, One Young World Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013) and Dublin (2014). The 2015 Summit will be the first hosted in Asia, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 18 to 21 November. The 2016 Summit will be held in Ottawa, Canada, and the2017 Summit was awarded to Bogotá, Colombia.
More information at www.oneyoungworldthehague.com.