Legitimacy of youth leadership

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

At the heart of every global threat is a failure of leadership. This is the underlying message that is conveyed at each and every One Young World summit. To combat this problem, One Young World identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership.

This year’s tenth anniversary summit was the largest ever staged, with approximately 1,500 young leaders from every country in the world coming together in London – the city where it began back in 2009. Delegates were hosted in the evenings by a number of organisations, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). I was delighted to have been invited to take part in the dinner at Chartered Accountants’ Hall, acting as an ambassador for Goal 1. Our work at Social Practice ENT, primarily centres around Goals 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and Goal 8 (Decent work and economic growth). Therefore, acting as an ambassador for Goal 1 was a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate that the Goals are truly interlinked and indivisible.

It was a privilege to speak to the young delegates about the work we have been doing at Social Practice ENT, incorporating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into the very fabric of our organisation. It was also a fantastic opportunity to learn about the bold and impactful work being carried out across the world by all the young change makers that I was fortunate enough to meet.

With 42 percent of the world’s population being under the age of 25 – there is a pressing need for better and more meaningful inclusion of these young leaders in decision making, particularly where their future is concerned.

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