In 2020, the second edition of the Young Activists Summit ‘The world we want, time for change’ will shine a spotlight on seven young activists who have made a real difference towards building a better future.

The event will be 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) will bring together seven young activists who are advancing climate action, biodiversity, human rights, sustainable & ethical fashion issues.

#YAS20 is 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.



Download teaching resources on the activists and their causes to prepare for the Summit:

The Young Activists Summit will also launch a series of web-documentaries in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, which will feature activists, international experts, and other public figures around a number of themes, such as climate, biodiversity, human rights, sustainable and ethical fashion. These videos will be released in the context of a digital campaign which will start on 20 November, World Children’s Day, and will culminate on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Any questions? Contact us at



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.

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


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

UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund


Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour

Fondation pour Genève


George Couri

Sisley Initiative


TV5 Monde


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

Yan Luong digital communication

Zoein Foundation

Donna Reitano, em4

House of Ocean

Les Jeunes IHEDN

180 Grad Wende