It's so strange to think it's been almost a year ago since Cicely and I attended the One Young World Caucus in London starting our journey as OYW ambassadors and how much has happened since then: the Amazon continued to burn, Australia battled one of its most devastating wildfire seasons ever, Greta Thunberg led an environmental protest in Bristol, the BLM movement has held mass protests across the world, Europe's migrant crisis has escalated, all alongside a global pandemic. Times have been challenging but we have seen some of the best traits of humanity working together to help each other over the past year. It gives me hope that we can tackle the overwhelming number of issues we are facing and young people will have a major role to play in this battle as we fight against institutionalised injustices and outdated practices which need to be scrapped or modified making way for a sustainable and fair future for all.
We were lucky that the One Young World Bath Caucus went ahead at the beginning of March and was attended by almost 150 young people who came to listen to and debate with three main keynote speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders. The day was a real success being described as by one attendee "A truly inspiring day, with so much to take away and think about. It really provoked a profound sense of community that instilled the hope that we can find solutions to the challenges we face in the world." We are so grateful to everyone who attended and took part in the event and hope it was a day during which participants learned and developed their knowledge of the issues we are facing as a global community and how we can start to resolve some of these problems on a local, national, and global scale.
I'm excited to present the One Young World Bath Impact Report 2019/2020. This gives an overview of the work OYW Bath has done since the last caucus. It has been great fun putting together this report with the editing magic of Sophie Fosh and The Student Organising Committee who helped to write different parts of the report.
Take a read here to see what we have been up to for the past year:
I would like to wish Clemence and Ciara good luck as Co-Chairs and ambassadors for the coming year of OYW events and activities. There will be a lot of work to do but I know they will work hard to represent the University at OYW and create a series of OYW Bath events so that students can continue to learn about and discuss some of the most pressing global issues.
I leave you with two quotes from Kofi Annan (1938 - 2018), 7th Secretary-General of the UN which I feel sum up what OYW and our work this year has been all about:
"The World is not ours to keep. We hold it in trust for future generations."
"You are never too young to lead and you should never doubt your capacity to triumph where others have not."