Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017
As part of sustainability in diversity campaign in Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS), students were asked to thank their colleagues or friends in a video, who had made a significant addition in their life, and one among all these was to be sent to One Young World for their contribution. My peers at the school made one such video for me and hence I was nominated.
About 1350 delegates were selected to attend the event. OYW has multiple partner organisations, which select their representatives individually. Upto 100 - 150 delegates are selected through scholarships granted by individual OYW contributors or by OYW itself. For me it was a scholarship offered by my school, SHMS.
Welcome note was delivered by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The extensive sessions were led by experts such as Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Mary Robinson, Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam Foundation, Emma Watson, Mark Tewksbury Olympic Champion Swimmer, Dr. Dambisa Moyo and many other. In between the sessions, we are also given networking breaks, where we could actually connect with people supporting the same cause as us.
The programme was divided into various topics, such as mental health, climate change, refugees, extremism, gender equality, human rights, Transformation, innovation, unemployment and inequality. OYW ambassadors select the topics they want to discuss during the summit.
The programme was an eye-opener, I met people under the age of 30 from across the world who are actually changing the world by far bigger measures than I have ever witnessed. They all have a vision in common "Make a better world". Something so impactful and immense tends to change a person for forever. It is something I cannot define in words, but it does affect all my decisions and actions.
I was mostly there to observe and network, we also had an option of joining an active cause of our choice by collaborating with the fellow attendees. Attendees directly invested in a cause/topic were given an option of being a delegate speaker as well. To be selected as a delegate speaker one has to go through a screening process as a lot of us applied for it.
Someone during the summit quoted "We cannot help everybody, but everybody can help somebody". A powerful message, I carry with myself always.
Presently, my focus is to learn all about events industry. In future I want to use these skills to organise events like OYW which gives a platform to the youth, a place where their voice is recognised and appreciated. ---EOM
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