In 2020, the second edition of the Young Activists Summit will shine a spotlight on young individuals who have led outstanding initiatives to advance a better world.

The #YAS20 event will be held on World Children’s Day (20 November).



On World Children’s Day, this edition will bring together some young men and women from around the world in Geneva and online on 20 November 2020.

Following up on the global conversation initiated by the UN in the context of its 75th anniversary, #YAS20 will facilitate a dialogue across generations and showcase the essential values which should be at the core of the post-COVID-19 era: sustainability, solidarity and resilience.

Some young activists – who have led outstanding initiatives to advance a better future – will outline concrete proposals and solutions to shape a society advancing the well-being of both today’s and tomorrow’s generations. Some key public figures will also take part in this  conversation to demonstrate their support and contribute their expertise.

A wide online campaign will amplify these key messages to raise awareness, not only among the general public, but also decision-makers around the world.


The 2020 edition of the Young Activists Summit will be held at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva, in Nairobi and online.

  • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. CET – Youth Session: In the morning, a youth session will be open to 15 to 25-year-olds from the Geneva region. This youth session will feature a discussion between the activists and the audience, which will be moderated in French by Swiss TV RTS journalist Tania Chytil. French/English live- captioning will be available.
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. CET – Award Ceremony:In the afternoon, an award ceremony will bring together a panel of young activists and experts with a special focus on climate. Moderated in English, this session will bring together Decision-makers, Diplomats, Foundations, NGOs, UN agencies, Private sector actors, Experts and Graduate Students. French/English live-captioning will be available.


The coronavirus crisis has had seismic implications for populations and economies, and highlighted our current systems’ inconsistencies. But this massive disruption is an opportunity to rethink the world we want for tomorrow.

This unprecedented crisis has also shed light on some communities who have demonstrated a high level of solidarity and resilience. All around the world, young people have been at the forefront of solidarity initiatives and campaigns. Some remarkable projects to advance the well-being of today’s and tomorrow’s generations have emerged.

Photo credits: Bill Dickinson (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The youth has a key role to play in shaping a more sustainable, solidarity-based and resilient world.

In 2020, a global conversation of the world’s future was initiated by the UN on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. #YAS20 will promote a similar approach and foster a dialogue across generations around the following question: “Which world do we want for today and tomorrow?”.

Achieving progress towards the values and causes advanced by the activists requires the support of adults, who have the skills and leverage to deliver change.

Young activists, decision-makers, and experts should work together to design and shape tomorrow’s world, a world which is respectful of and enabling for both current and future generations.

2020 could foster a drastic system change and provide a gateway towards a more sustainable, peaceful, fair, and inclusive future.


Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

United Nations Office at Geneva

RTS, Radio Télévision Suisse, non-profit NGO of media professionals



Swiss Confederation

Canton of Geneva

City of Geneva

Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva

Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in Geneva

Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations in Geneva

Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in Geneva


Sisley Paris

Fondation pour Genève

Fondation Barbour

Fondation Migros