In 2019, the first edition of the Young Activists Summit shone the light on world-famous young female activists.
The event was held on Human Rights Day.
The second edition of the Young Activists Summit will bring together a panel of young men and women in Geneva and Nairobi end of 2020.
In line with the global conversation marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, #YAS20 will focus on the intergenerational dialogue and essential values of the post-coronavirus era: sustainability, solidarity and resilience.
Young activists and key figures who played a distinctive role during the crisis will outline concrete proposals on how to rebuild a society that cares about the well-being of future generations.
A massive public awareness campaign ahead of the summit will spread these messages to the general public and target decision-makers in Switzerland and around the world.
The coronavirus crisis has wreaked havoc among populations, undermined economies and highlighted the inconsistencies of the current system: the shutdown of human activity is a catastrophe for our economies but a (temporary) blessing for our planet.
This shockwave also brings to light the solidarity and resilience within our societies. From the very start of the health and economic crisis, young people have been at the forefront of acts of solidarity and support campaigns for care workers, and many more projects are emerging as part of this unprecedented reconstruction effort.
Today, more than ever, the young generations want to rethink tomorrow’s world.
2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the dawn of a global conversation about the future of the planet. #YAS20, which fosters intergenerational dialogue, is precisely in line with this approach.
While the values upheld by young activists are legitimate, true change requires the support of adults who detain the skills and are in a position to implement a sustainable society.
Young activists, experts and policy-makers could imagine tomorrow’s world together. They could be the driving force behind this world, which would reconcile the interests of today’s generation, with those of future generations.
2020 could mark a major turning point.