PITTSBURGH, Penn. – Pittsburgh will host the third annual One Young World Summit, Oct. 18-22, which will bring together nearly 1,500 future leaders from 190 countries, making it one of the largest representations of countries other than the Olympics and United Nations.
In addition to President Bill Clinton’s opening keynote address, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and musician and social activist Bob Geldof KBE will speak to the delegates about the challenges they face and the positive change and impact they can provide.
The Summit will serve as a platform for delegates, supported by world-renowned counselors, to address and identify solutions to the same issues that world leaders tackle every day – including global business, global health, education, sustainable development, leadership and governance, human rights and social business.
Delegate debates on global issues and resolutions for change, along with the results of an international survey of 20-29 year olds, will shed light on the views and attitudes of young people from around the world on issues ranging from obesity to education and politics.
Confirmed counselors, who will help guide delegates through three days of plenary sessions, are:
• Arianna Huffington –founder and CEO, Huffington Post
• Bernard Kouchner–doctor, humanitarian, co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde
• Bob Geldof KBE –activist and musician
• Fatima Bhutto –author
• Imran Khan – politician
• Jack Dorsey –Twitter co-founder
• Jamie Oliver –chef, broadcaster and campaigner
• Jimmy Wales –founder and CEO, Wikipedia
• Joss Stone –musician
• Muhammad Yunus–founder, Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
• Natalia Vodianova–model
• Oscar Morales –campaigner, founder of One Million Voices Against The FARC
• Pete Cashmore–founder and CEO, Mashable
• Rahul Gandhi – politician and general-secretary of the Indian National Congress
The Summit will also feature several special events, including:
• An opening ceremony held in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, set to the world-famous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh
• A symbolic and culturally celebratory “Bridge Party” on Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge
• Breakout sessions held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms and in dozens of sites throughout Pittsburgh
• A relaxed evening of “Home Dinners,” where delegates will dine with city families, who will open their doors and hearts to One Young World
This is the first time the Summit will be hosted in the U.S. The first two were held in London and Zurich respectively.
While media interviews with counselors may be possible, they cannot be guaranteed.
Opportunities for interviews with One Young World delegates to learn about the interesting projects and programs they have implemented around the world can be arranged.
Thursday Oct. 18, 2012
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
Bridge Party for Delegates
Friday Oct. 19, 2012
Special Session: The Food Revolution with Jamie Oliver
Special Speaker Session with Joss Stone
Plenary Session 1: Education with Pete Cashmore, James Chau and Elio Leoni-Sceti
Special Session: One Young World Social Business Fund with Muhammad Yunus
Plenary Session 2: Transparency and Integrity with Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus, Jack Dorsey, Jan Peter Balkenende, and Paul Polman
Special Session: Women Up with Fatima Bhutto, Carole Stone, Natalia Vodianova, and Carolyn Miles
Saturday Oct. 20, 2012
Plenary Session 3: Global Health with Natalia Vodianova, Doug Richard, and James Chau
Plenary Session 4: Human Rights with Fatima Bhutto, Hans Reitz, and Christine Ockrent
“Home Dinners” with more than 120 Pittsburgh Families
Sunday Oct. 21, 2012
Plenary Session 5: Role of Global Business with Doug Richard, Carole Stone, Michael Hastings, Glenn Manoff and Will Hutton
Plenary Session 6: Leadership and Governance with Carole Stone, Michael Hastings, Bill Strickland and Kal Penn
Plenary Session 7: Sustainable Development
Closing Ceremony: Mayor of Pittsburgh presenting Host City Baton to Mayor of Johannesburg