Here is Meghan’s full speech at the One Young World Summit: “It’s great to be back in the UK and it’s great to be back with you all at One Young World.
“As you will probably hear many times this week, you will hear all kinds of things: some very heavy, some very uplifting, but the resounding spirit I believe you will hear is that you are the future. But I would like to add to this that you are also the present.
“You are the ones driving the positive and necessary change needed across the world right now and for that, I am so grateful to be in your company today.
“It was many years ago, in 2014, that I was first asked to be a counselor at One Young World, and in many ways at the time, I was probably a lot like everyone else. between you: young, ambitious, defending the things that I have deeply and deeply believed in.
“And also looking around and thinking, ‘How the hell did I get here? Have any of you today had that feeling, that “pinch me” moment, where you’re so, “How am I here?” And at that dinner, there were 28 to 30 of us, the advisers, and I was this Suits girl and I was surrounded by world leaders and humanitarians and prime ministers and activists that I had a respect and such a deep and longstanding admiration. And I was invited to pull up a seat at the table.
“I was so overwhelmed by this experience, I think I even kept my little paper place card that said my name on it – just proof, proof that I was there. And proof that I belonged.
“Because the truth was I wasn’t sure I belonged. I was so nervous. I was doubting myself and wondering, wondering if I was good enough to be there – which I was doing in the world, however important and significant as I saw it, deserved to have a place at this table?
“But One Young World saw in me what I wanted to see fully in me. They saw in me, just as I see in you, the present and the future. And I reiterate that point because often when we speak to the young adults of the years to come, about what you will do, what you will need to adopt to fix previous generations and also about the legacy you will leave, but too often we overlook the fact that you are doing it now. this present moment is where it all begins.
“The first year I joined the delegation in Dublin, I worked with a young woman from Eritrea and she described how she fled her home country, fleeing with bullets fired over her head I still remember it so well I remember my shock and also remember her courage My appreciation for all that continues to happen every day with so many people closing their eyes, and yet despite all the obstacles, she, like so many others, always persevered.
“I continued this journey by joining a delegation in 2016 in Ottawa. I was very lucky to have a day of filming specifically to take a quick flight from Toronto to Ottawa and to be able to participate in this work again for One Young World, being with some of the people I admired the most, including former President of Ireland Mary Robinson I joined you in London in 2019 and at that time it’s fair to say that my life had changed quite significantly. I was now married and I was now a mum.”
At this point, the audience cheered before Meghan continued.
She said: “My worldview had expanded exponentially, seeing the global community through the eyes of my child and asking, what is this world that he would come to embrace? And what can we do, what can I do to make it better?
“I am delighted that my husband can join me here this time…”
“To be able to see and witness firsthand my respect for this organization, this incredible organization and all that it provides and accomplishes. One Young World had been a huge part of my life for so many years before I met, so to meet once again here on British soil, with him by my side, let’s make sure we come full circle.
“And just as a sidebar, earlier this afternoon we sat down with a few of you delegates and it was incredibly inspiring, the resounding themes that came up. About the representation, inclusion, access and trying to change the global perspective for all of us as a global community to one of curiosity versus criticism.
“My husband has long advocated for a big and necessary impact in the world, focusing much of his life’s work on youth. So for both of us, witnessing the power you hold in your hands and the enthusiasm and unbridled energy that you have to see things come to fruition – it’s just an absolute privilege. I’m incredibly honored to not only stand in front of each of you, but to stand beside you.
“We often hear people say that now is the time, but I’ll double that by saying your time has come. Important work can’t wait until tomorrow.
“And this week, the world is watching as you cement your place in history by showcasing the good you are doing today in the moment as we embrace the present moment to create a better tomorrow.”