For the first time, Hong Kong hosted hundreds of students from around the world for the third Global Issues Network (GIN) conference.
The conference aimed to bring together teenagers to discuss some of humanity's most daunting problems and come up with practical ways to solve them.
More than 600 students from various countries gathered at the Chinese International School for the event, which was organised by the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools.
'GIN is based on the belief that people of all ages can be effective agents of change in civil society,' says Ted Faunce, the school's headmaster. Faunce hopes the theme of this year's conference, Know-Care-Act, will help students use their learning to become 'people of action' in the world.
What is special about GIN is that it is a conference for students, led by students. One of 14 core leaders was 15-year-old Danielle Lay at Chinese International.
'We're so young and there's so much we can do. As the future generation, we can start early and make our world a better place in the future,' Danielle says.
'My passion is education for all as I believe education is crucial in breaking poverty.'
In the 'solution map' workshop, participants gathered to share their knowledge on various global issues such as illegal drugs, water shortages, poverty and human trafficking. They then brainstormed and discussed possible solutions. A special giant map of the world, laid on the floor, helped them keep the big perspective.
Elizabeth Kang was one of the students who flew in for the conference. She is a Grade 8 student at Jakarta International School. 'It's really motivational to learn from different students from different countries,' Elizabeth says. 'I know I can't change the world just by myself. But by sharing my knowledge with other people, we can act together and cause a change in the world.'
Amber Boekhorst, 16, from United World College of South East Asia, Singapore says: 'This is a very powerful experience. You just want to do more when you see what other people are doing [in their countries].'
Prominent people were invited as keynote speakers. They included Efren Penaflorida, founder of Dynamic Teen Company, which offers education to street children in the Philippines, and Chung To, founder and chairman of Hong Kong's Chi Heng Foundation, which helps to prevent Aids on the mainland.