International Youth Day should be practical not ceremonial

On December 17, 1999, The UN general Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of ministers responsible for youth calling for August 12 to be declared International Youth Day. The day is celebrated to bring the youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners … Read more

Awakening to Russian Aggression

The invasion of Ukraine must stir the global community to action in support of a besieged nation and the human rights at stake in the fight. I could not sleep on the night of February 24. Something was amiss. I grabbed my phone and checked the news. Then I knew it. Russia had invaded Ukraine … Read more

Experience of a German 2018 YGC

With a background in International Management, German Young Global Changer (YGC) Sebastian Woller currently serves in the Task-Force of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union Council. His life path to date has been interesting, if not a little unusual. Born in Hamburg, he has spent around a decade of his life living … Read more

Reflections of a 2020 Young Global Changer

While disappointed not to be able to attend the 2020 Global Solutions Summit in person, and despite having to start his days at 5am, 2020 Young Global Changer Peter Chauvel has described his virtual participation as a “wonderful experience.” He recently caught up with 2017 Young Global Changer, Ken Fullerton. In an interview he shared … Read more

The Peace We Want – A Healthy Environment for All

My name is Gina Cortés Valderrama and I come from a country where the use of weapons has become a norm for establishing control over its citizens. I come from a country that, despite being the second most diverse in the world in terms of flora and fauna, is not able to peacefully enjoy such … Read more

Beirut Blast: the Tragedy, the Battle and the Imbalance

On August 4 2020, an explosion struck Beirut port and damaged over half the city. The shockwave spread across Lebanon and was even felt 200 kilometers away, in Cyprus. I was getting ready to deliver an online workshop for the MIT Lebanon Challenge Accelerator when everything around me started shaking and ended in two large … Read more

Reflecting on the first entirely digital Global Solutions Summit

Like with many other areas of life and work, the Global Solutions Initiative Summit 2020 was unable to escape the impacts of COVID-19. Rather than cancel the Summit entirely, the organisers and sponsors worked to make it an entirely online event. Having attended the inaugural Summit in person as a 2017 Young Global Changer and … Read more

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