I’ve been given all the means necessary to grow up happy and carefree. I am very aware of the fact that most people in the world haven’t received the same opportunities as I have. I find it my moral obligation to act on behalf of people who cannot advocate or provide for themselves. This raises all kinds of global challenges, ranging from ensuring education for everyone to combating climate change. The bottom line is that the people who are most affected by global challenges aren’t the ones with the right resources to tackle them. So that’s where I see a role for young leaders, like myself, to act and apply their education, position, and network to start solving the challenges or start empowering the ones who are affected. This is precisely why I feel so connected and passionate about One Young World which is a gathering of people who are doing that exact thing.
I especially see an important role for a modern metropolitan city like The Hague. The expertise of the city doesn’t stop at the international justice institutions, but expands to universities, independent policy and science institutions, regional and national government and ministries, and innovation and entrepreneurial centres. The Hague lays at the centre of the Dutch society with vast amounts of knowledge and networks at the disposal of the One Young World’s delegates. I hope that The Hague fulfills a role in connecting resources and knowledge through its networks with those who need them to start building a better world.
1. Campus The Hague Leiden University: This beautiful campus is located in an old ministry building of the national government.
2. Embassy Borough: Near the Peace Palace lays a borough where many countries have their embassy buildings, which are beautiful old buildings. You might even visit your own embassy and meet your ambassador here in the Netherlands. It’s a must see!
3. The National House of Parliament: You cannot visit The Hague without seeing the centre of our national government – the Binnenhof. Both Houses of Parliaments have their seat in here, and it is one of the examples of terrific Dutch architecture. Take a tour or just walk around the Hofvijver.