One Young World

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One Young World
One Young World Logo
Founded 2010
London, United Kingdom
Type Non-governmental organization
Key people
  • David Jones, Global CEO Havas Worldwide/ Euro RSCG Worldwide, One Young World Co-Founder
  • Kate Robertson, Group Chairman, Euro RSCG, One Young World Co-Founder

One Young World is a not-for-profit organization which provides opportunities for young adults to join in a global network of socially committed individuals with leadership potential. Its primary activity is an annual One Young World Summit. The One Young World Summit brings together the young generation’s brightest and best to ensure that their concerns, opinions and solutions are heard. From there, they take action, driving positive change in their communities, companies and countries.[1] More countries are represented at the annual One Young World Summit than any other global youth event other than the Olympics.[2] Since One Young World’s birth in 2010, there have been four Summits. The inaugural Summit took place in London, UK on February 8–10, 2010. Subsequent Summits were held in Zürich, Pittsburgh and Johannesburg. The 2014 Summit will be held in Dublin, Ireland from 15 - 19 October.

Year City Nation
2010 London United Kingdom
2011 Zurich Switzerland
2012 Pittsburgh United States
2013 Johannesburg South Africa
2014 Dublin Ireland

At the One Young World Summit, which has been referred to as a “Young Davos” by CNN,[3] delegates discuss global issues and develop solutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century.[4] Topics are chosen by a survey of former delegates.

The Summit is facilitated by high profile counselors who have excelled in their various fields and range from politicians, activists, founders and CEOs to musicians, models and chefs. They advise, inspire, and celebrate the achievements of the forum's young ambassadors.[5]

Young leaders interested in attending a One Young World Summit must submit an application. Interested candidates must be 18 to 30 years old and have demonstrated leadership potential. Most approved applicants have already made an impact in their home country regarding a certain issue of importance to them.[6] Selection criteria includes teamwork, leadership skills, concern for global issues and a track record of volunteer activity.[7]

Once attending the Summit, delegates graduate to ambassadors. One Young World ambassadors have directly impacted almost four million people through their work. Some of the most notable projects and initiatives.[8] founded by One Young World ambassadors include The Schoolbag, which enables children to pursue an education by providing basic school supplies to young people in need;,[9] the Hall Pass Tour, which uses music to advance access to higher education;[10] and the FEED project which creates products that help feed the world. This is done through the sale of FEED bags, bears, T-shirts, and other accessories by building a set donation into the cost of each product.[11]

Opening Ceremony of the 2014 One Young World Conference in Dublin, Ireland
Kofi Annan at the 2014 One Young World Conference

2012 Summit[edit]

City Nation
Pittsburgh USA
Johannesburg South Africa
Melbourne Australia
Dubai UAE

The 2012 Summit was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 18–21, 2012. The Summit plenary topics are education, global business, health, human rights, leadership, sustainable development and transparency.[12]

Former President Bill Clinton is the keynote speaker.[13]

The Capitol Summit will set precedence as the first US host city,[14] and by hosting smaller breakout sessions for delegates in various off site locations throughout the city.[15] 1,500 delegates are expected to attend the Summit.[citation needed]

2011 Summit[edit]

One Young World 2011 announcement
City Nation
Zurich Switzerland
Paris France
Pune India
Cape Town South Africa
Washington D.C. United States
Vienna Austria
Hong Kong Hong Kong

The 2011 Summit was held in Zurich, Switzerland on September 1–4, 2011. It was opened by Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, who drew on the experiences of Utoya and his Global Dignity initiative, to promote bridge-building between young people.[16]

The 2011 Summit plenary topics were global business and its role in shaping society, global business, media, global health, interfaith dialogue, environment and leadership.[17]

The Summit drew more than 1,000 young leaders from over 170 countries.

Inaugural Summit 2010[edit]

One Young World 2010

The One Young World Inaugural Summit was held in London February 8–10, 2010.

The 2010 Summit plenary topics were environment, interfaith dialogue, global business, media, global health and politics.[18]

The Summit drew 823 young leaders from 112 countries.

Cities did not begin bidding to be selected as OYW host location until after the Inaugural Summit.[19]

One Young World 2010


Alongside the delegates, the One Young World Summits feature distinguished guests who act as Young World Counselors. The Counsellors include: • Archbishop Desmond Tutu (2010, 2011) • Sir Richard Branson (2013) • Francois Pienaar (2013) • Muhammad Yunus (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) • Bob Geldof (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) • Clarence Seedorf (2010, 2011) • Oscar Morales (2010, 2011, 2012) • Nick Haysom (2010) • Tony Fernandes (2010) • Elio Leoni-Sceti (2010) • Richard Sambrook (2010) • Carole Stone (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) • Alejandro Toledo (2010) • Jennifer Corriero (2010, 2011) • Martin Davidson (2010) • Zoya Phan (2010) • John Kerry (2010) • Paul Polman (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) • Crown Prince Haakon (2010, 2011) • Wyclef Jean (2010) • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (2010) • Mohamad Ibrahim (2010) • Eberhard von Koerber (2010) • Andy Ansah (2010, 2011) • Christine Ockrent (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) • Fatima Bhutto (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) • Doug Richard (2010, 2011, 2012) • Don Tapscott (2010) • Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish (2010) • Alexander Toledo (2010) • Mark Lovell (2010) • Flavia Pansieri (2010) • Patrick Chalhoub (2010) • Nick Haysom (2010) • Richard Earnst (2010) • Joachim Schoss (2010) • Ken Costa (2010) • Roger Federer (2011) • Crown Princess Mette-Marit (2010, 2011) • Antony Jenkins (2011, 2012, 2013) • Graeme Sweeney (2011) • Jean Paul Agon (2011, 2012) • Pekka Himanen (2011) • Bernard Kouchner (2011, 2012) • Guler Sabancı (2011, 2012) • Wael Ghonim (2011) • Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2011) • James Chau (2011, 2012, 2013) • Shang Wenji (2011) • Waris Dirie (2011) • Joss Stone (2011, 2012) • Jamie Oliver (2011, 2012, 2013) • Rahul Gandhi (2012) • Arianna Huffington (2012, 2013) • Jimmy Wales (2012) • Natalia Vodianova (2012) • Pete Cashmore (2012, 2013)


  1. ^ "One Young World - Where Young Leaders Start Leading". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "President Bill Clinton To Attend". 
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh is a finalist for young leaders Summit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 4 June 2011. 
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  12. ^ "One Young World Summit 2012 Pittsburgh, USA". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Former President Bill Clinton coming to Pittsburgh for One Young World Summit". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pittsburgh Becomes First U.S. City to Host One Young World Summit". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Kate Robertson, One Young World Co-Founder and Group Chairman, Euro RSCG". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 

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