World Economic Forum - One Young World

For over a decade One Young World has sought to identify, engage and promote the work of young leaders from across the world with the mission of tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. These threats are known to us from the climate crisis and corruption to infringement on civil liberties. The biggest challenges humanity faces are global, so why aren’t our solutions?

One Young World Academy 2020 is the first of an annual event series that offers a unique opportunity for young people to learn how to face and address global challenges from some of the world’s greatest leaders and experts in an inaugural online lecture series.1)

One Young World Academy focuses on three perspectives:

· Business

· NGOs and Supranational Organisations

· Government

When does the Academy launch?

One Young World Academy begins in September, and lectures are released on a weekly basis, and will continue up until the week of December 7th.

All registered Delegates are eligible to gain a certificate of completion or a certificate of participation. In order to receive a certificate of completion, attendees must watch all lectures and submit a minimum of one piece of coursework for each of the three streams.

Who are the lecturers?

The lecturers share their experience, best practice and perspective on tackling global challenges. One Young World Academy offers an unparalleled opportunity to have direct contact and receive advice from these world leaders.

The expert leaders include-

The International Diplomatic Engagement Association [[IDEA]]

The IDEA Network's mission is to unite young leaders from around the world, and to facilitate their involvement in, and impact on, global issues through open dialogue and engaging diplomacy. YDC works with IDEA on the annual Y8 and Y20 Summits.3)

Global Government

When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood. In October, the Economist blared “Liberty Moves North: Canada’s Example to the World” on its cover, illustrated by the Statue of Liberty haloed in a maple leaf and wielding a hockey stick. Infamously, on the night of the US election Canada’s official immigration website crashed, apparently due to the volume of traffic.

Of course, 2016 was also the year – really the second running – when many western countries turned angrily against immigration, blaming it for a variety of ills in what journalist Doug Saunders calls the “global reflex appeal to fear”. Alongside the rise of nativism has emerged a new nationalism that can scarcely be bothered to deny its roots in racial identities and exclusionary narratives.

Compared to such hard stances, Canada’s almost cheerful commitment to inclusion might at first appear almost naive. It isn’t. There are practical reasons for keeping the doors open. Starting in the 1990s, low fertility and an aging population began slowing Canada’s natural growth rate. Ten years ago, two-thirds of population increase was courtesy of immigration. By 2030, it is projected to be 100%.4)

Young Diplomats of Canada

World Bank - IMF Partners

Each Spring, the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint IMF-World Bank Group Development Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the institutions.

Each year, these meetings bring together professionals from different sectors: Investment bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics, in order to discuss world issues

The Meetings are attended by approximately 2,800 delegates from our member countries, 350 observer organization representatives and 800 members of the press. Approximately 550 accredited civil society members also participate in the Meetings. 5)

YDC Summit October 16, 2016

Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) was proud to partner with the 'Global Shapers Ottawa Hub on September 30th to host a breakout session titled “The Power of Tri-Sector Leadership’’ as part of the One Young World Summit. This session, which took place at the United States (US) Embassy to Canada, featured a speech followed by a question and answer session with the US Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Bruce Heyman, as well as group discussions on tri-sector leadership.

From September 28 to October 1, young leaders from 196 countries descended on Ottawa for the One Young World Summit 2016. The most promising talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities, and other forward-thinking organizations were joined by world leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces.6)

COVID-19 Pandemic Messaging

One Young World’s #TogetherApart Series draws on the wisdom, experience and insight of our members, allowing every one to ask questions, tell stories and share best practice.

One Young World is committed to combating Fake News and so we are connecting our community with experts to help people navigate COVID-19. We are also creating conversations with business leaders and policy professionals to create resources to help everyone mitigate the economic impacts they may be facing.7)

Entrepreneurship & Building Back Better after Covid-19

Tjimen Rooseboom: Ambassador for Education & Work for Youth Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Managing a global pandemic

Dr David Nabarro: WHO Special Envoy on COVID-19

Aya Chebbi, Tunisia: African Union Envoy on Youth

Sarah Dsouki: Architect, Designer and One Young World Ambassador.

How businesses will survive COVID-19

Paul Polman: Co-Founder of Imagine, former long-time CEO of Unilever, and One Young World Global Advisory Board Chair

Izzy Obeng, UK: Founder & Director, Foundervine: consultancy specialising in start-up & scale-up acceleration programmes.

Is COVID-19 the great equaliser?

Sinéad Burke: Writer, activist, teacher, Contributing Editor, British Vogue & podcast presenter: As Me with Sinéad

Isra Chaker, USA: Migration & Protection Campaign Lead, Oxfam America

Misinformation as dangerous as COVID-19 itself?

Antonio Zappulla CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation. Founder, Openly

Solomon Elliott, UK: Founder, The Student View a news literacy charity with the goal of creating a newsroom in every school.

Why you need to get your sources straight

Ilia Calderón Emmy® Award winning journalist & Co-Anchor of Univision Network's flagship evening newscast, 'Noticiero Univision'

Liz Alarcon, Venezuela: Founder & Executive Director, Pulso a social enterprise focused on Latinx news & history.

How entrepreneurs can survive this uncertain period

Elio Leoni Sceti: Founder & Chief Crafter, The Craftory. NED National Endowment for Democracy, AB InBev & Barry Callebaut. One Young World Trustee

Marc Alain Boucicault, Haiti: Founder, Banj: the first & biggest entrepreneur hub in Haiti

The Path to Peace

Scilla Elworthy: 3 x Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Peacebuilder & Founder, Oxford Research Group

Fritz Lensch: Founder, G25 & Neonseeds 8)

IMD - World Bank Canada Delegates

2020 Jaya Raghubir, Head Delegate Grace Li, Communications Coordinator Alexander Parsalidis Emma Huang Sami Issa Farah Kammourieh

2019 Michael Fawcett Sarty, Head Delegate Niki Kashefi, Communications Coordinator Émanuel Grenier-Benoit Shannon Hazlett Maha Ali Khan Catherine Nicole Bialas Giles

2018 Aysha Nesbitt, Head Delegate David Boroto, Communications Coordinator Corinna Ha Anumeet Toor Pierre-Alexandre Renaud Simon Lavoie Perusse

Sohaib Ahmed, Head Delegate Jordan Storozuk, Communications Coordinator Matundu Loic Veza Claire Robbins Carolyn Gaspar

2017 Adam Moscoe, Head Delegate Dalia-Elena Tejeda-Alix, Communications Coordinator Sarah Marion Vanessa Adams Sarin Boivin-Picard

Sabrina K Grover, YDC Executive Representative, Business Development Coordinator 9)


YDC is jointly producing the 2014 Y20 Compliance Report as an undertaking of the 2013 Y20 Summit, working with the G20 Research Group of the Munk School of Global Affairs, part of the University of Toronto. Click here to read the 2013 G8 Lough Erne Publication produced by the Munk School's G8 Research Group.

Global Voices is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy both at home and abroad. YDC and Global Voices delegations have participated jointly at various global events.

YDC's official European partner at the annual Y8 and Y20 Summits, the OECD Forum, Nuclear Knowledge Summit, and other international diplomatic events. If you're a Canadian studying in Europe, check out YEL's opportunities.


Geneva, switzerland

The World Trade Organization’s forum gives participants the platform to discuss problems facing the multiple trading systems. With over 1500 representatives each year coming from different fields including NGOs, media, government and academia, this Public Forum allows participants to break down barriers and bridge partnerships in the field of trade. Delegates

Diego Reyis Jennifer Gedeon Petros Kusmu Lucia Fiestas Navarrete 10)

Young Diplomats of Canada

The Ottawa Hub was proud to partner with the Young Diplomats of Canada to host a breakout session titled “The Power of Tri-Sector Leadership’’ as part of the One Young World Summit. This session, which took place at the Embassy of the United States to Canada, featured a speech followed by a question and answer session with the US Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Bruce Heyman, as well as case studies discussions with Canadian tri-sector leaders. In this discussion, we brought together a number of young entrepreneurs, and business sector stakeholders, to discuss their experience in navigating pandemic life for young business owners. Our panelists will discuss the trials and tribulations of operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as the resources available during these challenging times.11)

YDC Canadian Youth Organizations Database

The Young Diplomats Youth Organization Database is our way of democratizing youth engagement across Canada. Young Diplomats of Canada.png A database that is publicly available for anyone with an internet connection is how the Young Diplomats of Canada hopes to democratize engagement across the country.

As of 2015, young voters have surpassed all other groups to become the single largest voting block in the country. However, young people are not represented proportionally in political discourse or leadership. Connecting with local youth-led civil society organizations is often the first step to empowering young people to play progressively larger roles in the representation and decision-making systems of their communities. By democratizing access to data, Young Diplomats of Canada intends to help the momentum necessary to bring more young people into civil society to help ensure decision-making at the local, municipal, provincial, and federal levels begins to reflect the priorities of youth.

As part of the Youth Parkour Project funded by Erasmus+ and the European Union, the Young Diplomats of Canada has conducted a comprehensive landscape analysis to create a database of youth-led organizations in Canada that work with federal, provincial and municipal levels, complete with their contact info, topic area and opportunities available for youth in the organizations.

The aim is to be able to connect young people with organizations that may be of interest and for people or projects looking to engage youth in Canada to have readily available information on a wide range of groups This is meant to further democratize youth engagement and to ensure people are engaging with young subject matter experts.12)

If you're looking for organizations to get involved with, take a look below13)

YDC Database

Let us know what you think of the database! If you have any comments, suggestions or recommendations, please don't hesitate to reach out. Organizations wishing to be featured can email Nicolette Addesa, Young Diplomats of Canada’s Director of Communication here- 14)