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 gathers young leaders from around the world to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.[1]

One Young World stages annual Summits in different World Cities where delegates from charities, NGOs, corporations and universities are joined by world leaders,[2] acting as One Young World Counsellors.

Since inception in 2009, One Young World has staged 6 Summits for a total 8,000 delegates between the ages of 18-30 from 196 countries.[3]

The One Young World Summit 2016 will take place in Ottawa, Canada on 28 September – 1 October 2016.[4]


Since One Young World’s founding in 2010, there have been six Summits, the first in London, England, on 8–10 February 2010.[5] Subsequent Summits were in Zurich, Switzerland, 2011;[6] Pittsburgh, USA, 2012;[7] Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013.[8] and Dublin, Ireland, 2014.[9]

The One Young World 2015 Summit was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 18–21 November 2015.[10] The One Young World 2016 Summit was held in Ottawa, Canada in 2016.[11]

At the One Young World Summit, which has been referred to as a “Young Davos,”[12][13] delegates discuss global issues and develop solutions "to meet the challenges of the 21st century."[14] Topics are chosen by a survey of former delegates.

The Summit is facilitated by Counsellors who have been politicians, activists, chief executive officers, musicians, models and chefs.[15]


Kofi Annan[edit]

Kofi Annan has spoken to Delegates at 4 One Young World Summits.[16][17][18] He is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations for 9 years. He was a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize with the UN. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as being the Chairman[19] of The Elders.

Muhammad Yunus[edit]

Muhammad Yunus[20] is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize[21] for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. Yunus was a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2010 in London, 2011 in Zurich and 2012 in Pittsburgh.[22]

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu[edit]

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.[23] He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999;[24] and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007. He spoke to Delegates at the One Young World Summits in London[25] and Zurich.[26]

Sir Richard Branson[edit]

Sir Richard Branson is a British businessman and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.[27] Branson was knighted in the year 2000 for services to entrepreneurship.[28] Branson's philanthropic efforts include pledging to donate over half of his net wealth to charitable causes.[29]

Vicente Fox[edit]

Vicente Fox was President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. His term in office marked the end of 71 years of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He joined 4 other Latin American Presidents at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin, Ireland[30] to discuss the Telefonica Millennial Survey. He told those in the audience that eradicating corruption ‘has to start with education’ and that his focus is now on promoting leadership.[31]

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

One Young World Summits[edit]

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.[32]

Former President Bill Clinton of the United States was the keynote speaker.[33]

Pittsburgh was the first U.S host city[34] and the first to host smaller breakout sessions for delegates in offsite locations throughout the city.[35][36]


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


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.[37]

Plenary topics were global business, media, global health, interfaith dialogue, environment and leadership.[38]


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.[39] It drew 823 young people from 112 countries.

One Young World 2010


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  34. ^ "Pittsburgh Becomes First U.S. City to Host One Young World Summit". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  35. ^ "One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  36. ^ "Clinton To Address One Young World in Pittsburgh". 
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