One Young World – Lina Imran

I am Lina and I am 22 years old. I am a motivated young girl who was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since I was fifteen I have been active in working as a volunteer for various campaigns such as Polio, blood donation and human rights.

I am happy to be part of One Young World Summit, a global platform for young people to express their ideas on issues that affect our world, and also train and empower them for greater leadership in the future. I believe the thematic ideas that are put forward for discussion at the summit are very important issues in which I believe young people should also be part of the ongoing global debates and make their contribution.

I have always been keen to understand the conflicts that arise in Africa. As a result, I am currently working on my Masters degree in Peace and Security at the Institute of Peace and Security Studies. My thesis focuses on Youth and Violence in the Horn of Africa.

I have vigorously campaigned for better sex education and increased sexual reproductive health education as a means to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people.

As young people we do not always want to be out of the picture of what is going on out there. Because the young people face the lions share of problems of illiteracy, disease, susceptibility of violence, environmental effects, drug trafficking and substance abuse, cultural anomie and globalization. We as young people do not always want to be the part of the problem and others prepare policy for us, instead we would like to be part of the solution and start engaging ourselves for the present and future challenges with a global and concerted effort.

9 Responses to “One Young World – Lina Imran”

  1. 1 Jagjit Singh Mukandpuri
    February 1, 2010 at 16:55

    Congratulations Lina having a Global vision of very important issues. Now we all live in a Global Village and we can reach any where in the Globe with in hours. Now our sorrows and happiness are common. My thought is that like minded people from all parts of Globe and work for Global Brotherhood to keep Global Peace and harmony and so many other issues, which are becoming a great challanges to Globe. I am ready to put my rest of life for humanity. Thanks.

  2. 2 TomK in Mpls
    February 1, 2010 at 18:24

    I hope this goes better than the pompous, ego stroking farce we saw at Copenhagen.

  3. 3 Guillermo
    February 1, 2010 at 23:09

    Lina it is amazing what you plan to do. Your country has been the scenario of wars during many years. Peace is the key word for your beliefs. Without peace nobody can be heard. Africa, in general, has been pinpointed as the cradle of many diseases that afflict humanity. War is a local application to Africa. Surely this is wrong. The only solution, as you propose, is education. And if some thousands of Linas would appear, surely Peace would come as a gift.

    • 4 Lina
      February 2, 2010 at 23:06

      well it is true, the Horn of Africa has been one of the most instable sub regions that has been wrecked with war and violence since decades ago. the problems are mainly broad and complex which involves, border conflicts, resource conflicts, ethinic and tribal wars, poor governance and corruption are few amongst the others.
      It is important to focus on addressing the root problems of the region like fulfilling the basic things like education, health and food and so on which can enable us to gain sustainable peace and foster development.
      i hope to share our side of reality at the summit and we as young people we need to sustain the ongoing efforts and i agree with the comment that this should not only remain in the meeting halls instead, young people can play instrumental role in becoming a positive chnage agents in areas of peace building, community development and other areas as well.

  4. February 2, 2010 at 06:36

    Hi Lina,

    I wish you a successful time at the convention and I know that your contribution will be useful.

    God Bless you,


  5. 6 mahir imran
    February 10, 2010 at 18:08

    asslamualicum lina

    Congratulations!! Lina having a Global vision of very important topic.we africans alwayes have Social, economic and political problems for many decade and we need a people who can really bring changes for our Continent africa.we need young people like you who have broad vision for africa then only we can bring change in our continent.i really appreciate your thought

    I am alwayes proude of you having a sister like you.I am very sure that you will bring radical change for africa

    allha bless africa

  6. 7 Azeb Abdella
    February 10, 2010 at 21:22


    As you stand for change, may all your dream come true in every aspect of life.


  7. 8 Lina
    February 11, 2010 at 11:43

    Hello every one,
    Thank you very much for all your support, we have finished our meeting yesterday, and it was a very fruitful meeting and i am looking forward to this, because the work has only started, we have passed all the six resolutions, on media, enviroment and its protection,political leadership, global health, global business and interfaith dialogue.

    All delegates has got the title of Ambassoders of One Young World for the next three years. And we are all going back to our homes to further capitalize and engage in community work in each thematic areas.

    Different other groups have also established, for instance the African network of One Young World, Asian, Latin american… hence ladies and gentlemen we officially start work on this respect.

    i will keep update you on our progress and the passed reolutions

  8. 9 Aminata Bah
    February 22, 2010 at 15:47

    Hi Lina,

    i hope you arrived home save. All ambassadors did well at the summit and i hope by now we ar all in the field to ipliment our plans.

    i really miss you guys and hope to meet you again in 2011.

    Bravo to all oneyoung world Ambassadors.


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