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About One Young World

09-14-2011 14:32 BJT

One Young World 2011 was hosted by the city of Zurich, Switzerland where over 1200 young leaders from 170 countries, the most countries represented in any global event other than the Olympics.

One Young World 2011 was hosted by the city of Zurich, Switzerland where over 1200 young leaders from 170 countries, the most countries represented in any global event other than the Olympics.

Since the 2010 summit the One Young World ambassadors have been effecting change on a global level, with the presentation of The Missing Millennium Development Goal to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the first ever African Student Leaders Summit and the launch of over 100 environmental and education projects.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said: "I was inspired by the energy, ideas and dynamism of the wonderful young people I met at One Young World in London last year and I am delighted to be attending the second gathering of these exceptional individuals in Zurich this year. Young people are changing the world in which we live at an incredible pace and it is important that we listen to the young leaders of tomorrow and encourage them to address the problems in the world today.”

One Young World delegates are selected for their leadership potential; many have already had an impact in their home countries on a range of issues, including the role of business in society, transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change, global health and hunger relief.

One Young World is the game-changer where tomorrow's leaders start leading and acting to create the world they want.

New Counsellor Paul Polman, CEO Unilever said: "The world is facing a number of enormous challenges over the next fifty years as it tries to evolve from a consumption-driven economy, to a new, sustainable economy. The leaders of today are just starting to grapple with the challenges; it will be the leaders of tomorrow who have to deliver the solutions to overcome them. Our job is to inspire these new leaders to seize the opportunities these challenges present.”

Pittsburgh will host the third annual One Young World Summit October, 2012. The announcement came late Saturday in Zurich, Switzerland at this year’s conference. Johannesburg, South Africa will host in 2013.

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