One Young World, the World's Greatest Youth Gathering, Was Held in Johannesburg

18.10.2013
  • VIRGIN'S FOUNDER RICHARD BRANSON GREETED TURKISH DELEGATES FROM THE STAGE
  • EFEHAN DANIŞMAN FROM TURKEY HAD A SPEECH, ADDRESSING THE WORLD YOUTH

The world's greatest youth gathering, the One Young World Summit was held in Johannesburg, South Africa; sponsored by Sabancı Holding. More than 1300 young people from 190 countries joined the One Young World event, which boasts the highest number of represented countries only second to the Olympics. Among the speakers at the summit, reputable entrepreneur and Virgin's founder Sir Richard Branson started his speech by greeting the young Turkish people he met before the session.

Besides Richard Branson, among the speakers of this year were world-renowned figures including the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, musician and activist Bob Geldof, Nobel-winning economist Muhammed Yunus, Nelson Mandela's former wife and politician Winnie Mandela, Huffington Post's founder and CEO Arianna Huffington, famous tennis player Boris Becker, Barklays CEO Antony Jenkins and Unilever CEO Paul Polman.

The opening ceremony of the summit was held at Soccer City, which had hosted 2010 FIFA World Cup games, including the final.

At the "Youth Unemployment" panel of the summit, Efehan Danışman from the Turkish delegation had a speech.

In his speech, Efehan Danışman said: "If we have the required skills, we can create new employment opportunities. The most significant one is taking initiative. By taking initiative, young people can create new platforms to fight and cure unemployment. The education system should also have a nature that encourages taking initiative, is based on learning by experience and teaches about entrepreneurship."

The One Young World Summit will be held in Dublin in 2014.

-TURKISH DELEGATION-

Sponsoring the summit for four years, Sabancı Holding facilitates participation for young Turkish people. Young people successfully completing a two-stage process consisting of video and group interviews carried out by Sabancı Holding become eligible to take part in the Turkish Delegation.