The 2021 Young Activists Summit entitled ‘New generation, new solutions’ was held on 18 November 2021 in Geneva and online. This third edition honoured six young leaders and their solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Through their ground-breaking initiatives, innovations, or inventions, the 2021 laureates demonstrate that young people are paving the way for a more sustainable and equal world.

Against a backdrop of global health, economic and social crises, the achievements of those young change-makers are an inspiration and a beacon of hope. They deserve to be recognized and promoted globally, as these solutions could be replicated in other places around the world.

#YAS21 brought together youngsters from at least 140 countries and gave them a platform to discuss, rally and act together – thus fostering peace, cultural tolerance and international cooperation. The hashtag reached over 15 million people on social media. 


The Summit was held on 18 November 2021 in Geneva (Switzerland) at the Palais des Nations and a live stream enabled participants from all around the world to join the event. UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will addressed youth from all around the world on this occasion.

Official Summitmoderated in French by RTS journalist Tania Chytil and attended by young people.

Global live conversation with the activists – moderated in English by UN Global Communications Chief Melissa Fleming. It will allow young people from all around the world to interact directly with the activists.

The Summit launched the ‘One Right, One Action, One Tree‘ initiative, click on the link below to find out more!

On 19 November 2021, a screening of the film ‘Bigger than us’ was held at the Graduate Institute, in collaboration with the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) in Geneva. It brought together some of the Young Activists Summit laureates, honoured in 2021 and in previous years.

As part of the Summit, private strategic meetups and a VIP dinner with decision-makers also enabled young activists to connect with prominent experts and key stakeholders from International Geneva and elsewhere. They offered the laureates strategic contacts, as well as skills and knowledge which are relevant to their projects.

The Young Activists Summit partners with youth movements and organizations empowering young people, such as Step into Action, Eduki Foundation and the Geneva Youth Call (GYC).