One Young World

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One Young World
One Young World Logo
Founded 2010
London, England
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 that provides opportunities for young adults to join in a global network of socially committed people with leadership potential. Its primary activity is an annual One Young World Summit, which gathers together young people from several nations.[1]


Since One Young World’s founding in 2010, there have been four Summits, the first in London, England, on 8-10 February 2010. Subsequent Summits were in Zurich, Switzerland, 2011; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012; Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013. and Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

At the One Young World Summit, which has been referred to as a “Young Davos,”[2][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 counselors who have been politicians, activists, chief executive officers, musicians, models and chefs.[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 include teamwork, leadership skills, concern for global issues and a track record of volunteer activity.[7]

Once attending the Summit, delegates graduate[clarification needed] to ambassadors. One Young World ambassadors have had an impact on almost four million people through their work, according to a press release. Some of the projects and initiatives[8] founded by the ambassadors include the Schoolbag, which provides 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 and sells FEED bags, stuffed bears, T-shirts and other accessories in which a set donation is built 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


City Nation
Pittsburgh USA
Johannesburg South Africa
Melbourne Australia
Dubai United Arab Emirates

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

Former President Bill Clinton of the United States was the keynote speaker.[13]

Pittsburgh was the first U.S host city[14] and the first to host smaller breakout sessions for delegates in offsite locations throughout the city.[15][16]


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 China

The 2011 Summit was held in Zurich, Switzerland on 2011 September 1–4. It was opened by Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, who spoke on the 2011 massacre in Utoya, Norway, and on his Global Dignity initiative.[17]

Plenary topics were global business, media, global health, interfaith dialogue, environment and leadership.[18]


One Young World 2010

The first Summit was held in London on 8–10 February, 2010. Topics were environment, interfaith dialogue, global business, media, global health and politics.[19] It drew 823 young people from 112 countries.

One Young World 2010


  1. ^ "One Young World - Where Young Leaders Start Leading". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh is a finalist for young leaders Summit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Jay Fitzgerald, "Ready for 'Young Davos' Summit," Boston Herald, January 28, 2010
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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. 
  16. ^ "Clinton To Address One Young World in Pittsburgh". 
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