One Young World Summit 2020 in Munich
International congress for young leaders
(Oct 9, 2018) Munich will host the One Young World Summit in 2020. This highly regarded global forum for young leaders and talents debates economic, social and political issues. VIPs such as Bob Geldof, Emma Watson, Muhammad Yunus, Hope Solo and Justin Trudeau are all part of the One Young World network, for which they serve as ambassadors.
This year, the four-day conference will be held in The Hague. In 2019, it will celebrate its tenth anniversary in London. From October 14-17, 2020, the eleventh One Young World Summit will then take place in the Bavarian capital.
Today, Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid, who also heads the city's Department of Labor and Economic Development, unveiled the plans for One Young World 2020 in Munich together with Kate Robertson, co-founder of the non-governmental organization, Sabine Eberth, head of communication strategy and issue management at the BMW Group, and Alexander Lange, head of transport analytics at Telefónica Germany Next.
“I am pleased that the One Young World Summit is coming to Munich. This congress brings different worlds and contrasting views together in a unique way,” Schmid noted. “Munich stands for a high level of vigorous civic engagement, for new initiatives to mitigate climate change and promote sustainable development, and for a potent economy, high technology and the technologies of tomorrow. The Summit gives Munich the opportunity to show itself as an innovative, modern, liveable city to an international audience.”
Around 1,800 young leaders from 196 countries are expected to attend the One Young World Summit in Munich. Delegates from international corporations and talents from around the globe will meet here to explore challenging issues from new angles.
Year after year, the number of applicants is many times higher than the number of places actually available. Subjects such as leadership culture, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, education, human rights and topical economic and socio-political issues will be addressed at the congress. Supported by “counsellors”, young delegates will present graphic examples in all these areas. Representatives of those companies that send delegates will also showcase their activities and visions. Past counsellors have included Nobel prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, musician and activist Sir Bob Geldof, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, actress Emma Watson and former Irish President and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Recently deceased Nobel prize-winner and former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan likewise supported the network for many years.
Motto and partners
Each Summit has its own motto. For the One Young World Summit 2020 in Munich, talks with partners identified “Innovation” as the focal topic. The reference is not only to technological and economic innovation, but also to innovation in society and in the field of sustainability.
On March 21, 2018, Munich's City Council ratified a decision to contribute funding of EUR 200,000 to the congress. The remainder of the budget has not yet been fully sourced, and further partnerships with companies are welcome. The partners who have so far committed to supporting the City of Munich as it hosts the One Young World Summit 2020 are BMW AG, Siemens AG, ProSieben Sat1 Media SE, Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG, Bayerische Staatskanzlei (the Bavarian State Chancellery), Deloitte GmbH, TDK Electronics AG, FC Bayern München AG, Flughafen München GmbH, Munich Re, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Süddeutscher Verlag GmbH, Serviceplan GmbH & Co. KG, Vereinigung der bayerischen Wirtschaft (the Bavarian Industry Association), Motel One GmbH, ARRI AG, KPMG AG, DB Regio AG and McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Munich's local government believes that hosting the One Young World Summit will bring the city's profile more sharply into focus as a forward-thinking, innovative business hub with an enviable quality of life. Companies resident in Munich and Bavaria will be able to raise the visibility of their innovations, values and potential. Delegates and counsellors alike will go away with positive impressions and will thus become ambassadors and multipliers for Munich. The congress also guarantees global media attention.
A joint Advisory Council set up by the City of Munich and One Young World will oversee the content and organisation of all preparatory measures. The partners, local government, the business community, the academic community and civic society will all be represented on the Advisory Council.