The Forum of Young Global Leaders accelerates solutions to global challenges through new models of public-private cooperation. We build bridges across sectors, regions, and ideologies to establish trust that transcends current divides. We invest in learning to help leaders deepen their understanding of key challenges facing our planet and humanity. We share their stories to illuminate what leadership could, and should, look like across the world. For over 15 years, the YGLs have inspired and mobilized change throughout the world.

Our commitments

YGLs collaborate across boundaries and sectors to create tangible and innovative solutions to tough challenges. With support from the YGL Secretariat and in partnership with the World Economic Forum and others, YGLs have accelerated impact through a number of initiatives, some of which are featured below:

Realizing the economic potential of refugees
In collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Oxford University, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is generating unique educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for refugees and host communities in Kakuma, Kenya, to connect refugees to the global economy.

Forging new approaches to public sector leadership
A partnership between the Apolitical Academy and the Forum of Young Global Leaders will accelerate innovation in political leadership to unlock the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s promise to build a more sustainable future. Apolitical will equip young leaders with the tools to effectively influence politics and policy by 2021.

Protecting 30% of the Planet by 2030
Today’s 4% conservation of oceans and 15% of land will not preserve the planet. The National Geographic Society and Dynamic Planet will leverage the Forum of Young Global Leaders to secure a “New Deal for Nature” by 2020 and secure government commitments to protect significant portions of land and sea by 2030.

Tackling the Indian sanitation crisis
The Maverick Collective, an initiative of Population Services International (PSI), will drive a coalition of YGLs through a project entitled #AfterTheFlush to address unsafe collection and illegal dumping of sewage in 10 Indian cities. The Maverick Collective was founded by YGLs Kate Roberts and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. #AfterTheFlush will mobilize local governments, private actors and consumers in India to establish a sustainable sanitation ecosystem, ultimately providing healthier outcomes for communities.