One Young World: Watch this space

2011-09-01 12:06

Young people might only make up 40% of the world today but “we will amount to 100% of the future”.

These were the words of a delegate at the second yearly One Young World conference which kicked off in Zurich this morning.

The South African delegate, Paul Mashegoane, believes this summit is important because it’s “bringing young leaders together in the 21st century, a time where we have reinvented the way business is done through the internet and social media”.

Says Madina Bahretdinova from Tajikistan: “I’m looking forward to getting a new perspective on what’s going on in the world and sharing what I know about it.”

Both One Young World delegates and organisers believe the youth of today are more powerful than ever before. Social media is seen as a powerful tool not only for communication but also in sparking positive social change.

With 1 200 delegates from 170 countries, the summit is the second largest meeting of young people globally. The Olympics come in at number 1.

“There is just so much to be done in building a better future and with the numbers we see today, it is very possible,” says French delegate Delphine Raout.

South African-born One Young World co-founder Kate Robertson’s faith in summit delegates is unwaivering: “I know, and can have it signed in blood, that there are at least three future country leaders among us,” she said.

The summit is taking place from today until Sunday in Zurich, Switzerland.

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