Amal Clooney and Kofi Anan present at the 2018 One Young World The Hague summit

June 26, 2018 4:52 pm

One Young World, the global forum for young leaders,  announced that Amal Clooney will host a far-reaching discussion with Kofi Annan, the Seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, to mark his 80th birthday at this year’s Summit.

Taking place on the 18th October 2018, international human rights lawyer Mrs. Clooney will shine a light on Mr. Annan’s remarkable career and celebrate the work he has led to make the world a better place.

Together, they will reflect on Mr. Annan’s achievements with the UN, as well as his career spanning 60 years, from winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, to building the Kofi Annan Foundation that promotes better global leadership for a peaceful world. The Kofi Annan Foundation, with the support of One Young World and the European Commission established Extremely Together, an initiative bringing together young people against violent extremism.

Mrs. Clooney worked closely with Mr. Annan following her appointment by the United Nations as his legal adviser on the Syrian crisis in 2012.

This year’s One Young World Summit will bring together more than 1,500 young leaders from over 190 countries to The Hague from 17 to 20 October. The city is home to major international institutions, NGOs, and UN agencies which makes it a perfect setting for this year’s agenda, which places human rights at its heart.

Mrs. Clooney: “I am honoured to be invited by One Young World to join Kofi Annan in a discussion to mark his 80th birthday and the tenth anniversary of the Kofi Annan Foundation. I look forward to hearing Kofi’s expert insights on the global challenges we face and to engaging our young audience of future leaders”.