The global forum for young leaders coming to the city of peace & justice this october

The Global Forum for young leaders | MCI The Netherlands | EN

Amsterdam, September 13th 2018. One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, today announces MCI Amsterdam as its events agency for the 2018 Summit, which is taking place in The Hague from 17 to the 20th of October.

Considered to be the world’s most impactful youth leadership summit, the award-winning forum inspires young leaders to drive change, take action and tackle today’s most pressing issues. Since launching in 2009, One Young World has built a network of over 9,000 Ambassadors – young leaders whose work projects have impacted 17.5 million people worldwide.

Delegates are joined by a distinguished line-up of high-profile leaders – known as Counsellors – who work with the young delegates, sharing their experiences of making a positive social impact.

In previous years this group of Counsellors has included Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, campaigners and activists including Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Mary Robinson, Justin Trudeau, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Emma Watson and Meghan Markle.

In 2017 alone, 2.9 million people were impacted as a result of the work undertaken by Ambassadors and, for every $1 invested, the One Young World community delivered a social return of $13.

Peter-Willem Burgmans, MCI Amsterdam’s Managing Director, comments: “We are very excited to be working with the One Young World committee to bring the 2018 Summit to The Hague; the home of prestigious international political and financial institutions which strive to promote peace, stability and prosperity all around the world.

“Our country is known for its innovative approach and for involving the youth in successfully addressing various social issues, and we look forward to helping to deliver the best Summit to date, using our unique capabilities in the key areas of exhibition and registration management, creative design and event production, volunteer management and overall project management and support.”

Ella Robertson, Managing Director at One Young World, said: “We are thrilled to be taking One Young World to the International City of Peace and Justice this year and we are delighted to be working with MC AmsterdamI on this year’s Summit. The whole team is looking forward to welcoming young leaders from over 190 countries to The Hague in October as they collaborate to tackle the word’s most pressing issues.”

Some of the main highlights of the 4-day Summit:

  • 1,800+ young leaders representing 190+ countries
  • 200 Observers
  • Various main stage & workshop activities, including over 50 luminaries (to be announced soon)
  • Media coverage from international outlets. Last year’s Summit saw 150+ media outlets including BBC, SABC, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Reuters, Press Association, Quartz and more.
  • 15 globally acclaimed exhibitors

You can find more information about the 2018 summit here and view the video here.


For any press inquiries please contact:

Maria Kriva 
Content & Marketing Coordinator MCI | Amsterdam  

+31 (0)20 305 35 68

Sophie Poston 
Seven Hills, London

+44 207 199 2200

Notes to Editors 


MCI is the global leader in engaging and activating audiences. Our business is founded on a simple human insight: When people come together, magic happens. This magic is called community. Since 1987 we have been bringing people together through inspiring meetings, events, congresses and association management. MCI helps organizations harness the power of community by applying our strategic engagement and activation solutions to build unforgettable online and offline experiences that foster change, inspire, educate and enhance business performance. MCI is an independently owned company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and boasts a global presence with +2,300 professionals in 60 offices and 31 countries work with clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa. Find out more at 


One Young World was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. We are a UK-based charity that gathers together the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change. We stage an annual Summit where the most valuable young talents from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations are joined by world leaders, acting as the One Young World Counsellors. At the Summit, delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. After each Summit, the delegates, who are then known as One Young World Ambassadors, work on their own initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those initiatives already in existence. Of those in employment, many return to their companies and set about creating change from within, energising their corporate environment. Find out more at  

Quotes from influential Counsellors and media outlets include: 

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada: “An unparalleled network of forward-thinking, progressive leaders from every corner of the world.”

Bob Geldof, Activist and Musician: “It’s not small this, it’s not a talking shop … At One Young World the delegates get to share the problems of their own countries and together, through social media and throughout the year, they engage with their governments and their own leaders to try and resolve the problems. It’s very effective” 

Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General: “Meeting tomorrow’s young leaders and hearing your solutions to today’s challenges is always a highlight of my year.” 

Yeonmi Park, One Young World Ambassador, North Korea: “I am here at One Young World because I believe that sharing my story is the first step to changing my country.” 
CNN: “The junior Davos” 

VICE: “The world’s largest & most impactful youth leadership summit” 

SABC: “At the One Young World Summit leaders old and young come together to say, ‘enough – let’s make the solutions to tomorrow’s problems today.”