In 2020, the second edition of the Young Activists Summit ‘The world we want, time for change’ honoured seven young activists who have made a real difference towards building a better future. The event was held online on 20 November 2020 to mark World Children’s Day.



The coronavirus crisis has been a massive disrupter but also an opportunity to rethink the world we want for tomorrow.

Young people have the right to demand that the recovery plans they will fund be spent on rebuilding sustainable societies that protect the interests of present and future generations.

On World Children’s Day on 20 November, the Young Activists Summit (YAS20) brought together seven young activists who are advancing climate action, biodiversity, human rights, sustainable & ethical fashion issues.

#YAS20 was co-organised by the NGO, the United Nations Office at Geneva, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) and its GenèveVision label, and by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.


On World Children’s Day, the Young Activists Summit launched a series of web-documentaries featuring activists, international experts, and other public figures around a number of themes, such as climate, biodiversity, human rights, sustainable and ethical fashion. These videos are being released in the context of a digital campaign which will culminate on 10 December, Human Rights Day.


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To support the 2020 Activists in advancing their cause, Sisley Paris generously committed to granting a donation to each laureate, thus enabling the Young Activists Summit to have a concrete and long-lasting impact on the ground.


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.

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 served to 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.

CO-ORGANIZED BY, non-profit NGO of media professionals

United Nations Office at Geneva

RTS, Radio Télévision Suisse

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour

Fondation pour Genève


George Couri

Sisley Initiative


Swiss Confederation

Republic and State of Geneva

City of Geneva

European Union

Permanent Mission of Canada

Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Geneva

Permanent Mission of Finland

Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom

Fight for Humanity

UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund




Act on your Future

Philantropic Adventures


Chantal Bernheim media consultant

Kofi Annan Foundation

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UN Information Centre Beirut

UN Information Centre Panama City

Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

Yan Luong digital communication

Zoein Foundation

Donna Reitano, em4

House of Ocean

Les Jeunes IHEDN

180 Grad Wende