After a full week of talks, speeches, lobby meetings, stunts and songs, what did the #ONEYouth2016 Summit achieve?
On May 29, nearly 250 ONE Youth Ambassadors and ONE Champions travelled to Paris on planes, trains, boats, and buses! On their way they used social media to tell the world why they were heading to to our brilliant ONE Summit.
Our enthusiastic Ambassadors and Champions then gathered together in the evening to kick off an action packed 3-day summit dedicated to ending extreme poverty around the world. Not even the wet weather could dampen their infectious excitement!
— ONE in Africa (@ONEinAfrica) May 31, 2016
Our ambassadors and champions underwent a session of lobby meeting training before engaging in Q&A periods with government officials and attending lobby meetings with OECD delegates, like Erik Solheim, DAC chair, and other government representatives to discuss their ongoing and future commitments to ending extreme poverty! In-between meetings, we were able to sit down with our special guest, Asa (a Nigerian singer and songwriter), to talk about sexism and strong girls!
— Sophie Kwizera (@MsKwizera) May 31, 2016
— ONE Campus (@ONECampus) May 31, 2016
After an informative day, our summit participants capped their evening off with an update on the Poverty is Sexist campaign and a quick rehearsal for the big stunt set to happen the following day!
Our champions and ambassadors were up bright and early to gather at La Défense! The ambassadors formed a ring around a mock football field made of bright green turf and opened a banner that read, “Poverty is Sexist. Level the playing field for girls and women”.
— ONE (@ONECampaign) June 1, 2016
The stunt emphasised the mandate of our ongoing Poverty is Sexist campaign: we can’t end extreme global poverty without the equality and empowerment of women and girls.
After the stunt, we attended meetings with Jean‐Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and André Vallini, French Secretary of State for Development, to talk more about ONE’s goals, participated in a Q&A session with ONE’s Michael Elliot, and got an update (and special vocal performance!) from our Nigerian ONE Champions on our Make Naija Stronger campaign.
— Zainab Ali Khan (@zee_alikhan) June 1, 2016
— ONE in Africa (@ONEinAfrica) June 1, 2016
Later that day, our summit participants got together to brainstorm ideas on how to effectively campaign for the Global Fund and Poverty is Sexist – it was amazing to see all those creative, dedicated minds working together to make a difference!
Although it was the last day of the summit, our ambassadors and champions showed no signs of slowing down! We had a busy morning attending meetings with André Vallini, French Secretary of State for Development, and Pascal Saint‐Amans, Director of Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD.
— ONE (@ONECampaign) June 2, 2016
— Juliane Schmidt (@juleschmidt90) June 2, 2016
The final numbers…
5,812 tweets, 61,038,299 impressions, dozens of sad farewells. Until next time, #ONEYouth2016! ❤️
— ONE (@ONECampaign) June 15, 2016