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2012 Summit

The third annual One Young World Summit was held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on
October 18-22.


The four-day Summit served as a platform for delegates, supported by high-profile counselors, to address and identify solutions to the same issues that world leaders tackle every day – including global business and health, education and sustainable development, unemployment, the role of government versus global business, leadership and governance and social business.

Highlights from the One Young World 2012 Summit include:

  • An Opening Ceremony held in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, set to music from the world-famous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, created an inspiring Flag-laying Ceremony. President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker, and answered questions from delegates on pressing world issues.
  • Delegates attended an energetic and festive Welcome Bridge Party with fireworks on the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
  • Among the first-day highlights of the One Young World Summit was the announcement of the One Young World Social Business Accelerator. This new initiative will provide financing to growing social businesses, as well as access to the network of One Young World Ambassadors, to assist their development and expansion into new global markets.
  • Jamie Oliver, chef and founder of the Food Revolution, led a panel discussion about the global obesity and malnutrition epidemic. Oliver reinforced the importance of working within school systems to increase education about healthy eating and cooking. Oliver also inspired the city of Pittsburgh to take on the Food Revolution - announced at a press conference Thursday, Oct. 18 at Phipps Conservatory.
  • Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter and Square, Bob Geldof, KBE and Ken Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, participated in the Transparency and Integrity Plenary Session. Dorsey stressed the urgent need for transparency in business and in politics, adding that Twitter and Square were both built entirely on the foundation of transparency.
  • Saturday highlights included an ethical business panel, led by Antony Jenkins, executive director, Barclays. Panel participants included Will Hutton, author, Them & Us and former Editor-in-Chief, Observer; Sabine Zindera, VP Corporate Legal & Compliance, Siemens; Niel Golightly, VP Communications, Shell Oil Ltd.; and Doug Richard, entrepreneur and founder, School for Startups.
  • Also on Saturday, a Global Health plenary session addressed pressing international health issues, including HIV, AIDS and equality for people with disabilities.
  • On Saturday evening, the delegates spent time out and about in Pittsburgh. Breakout sessions were held at various Pittsburgh hot-spots, including the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, PNC Park, Phipps Conservatory and several non-profits and businesses. Then, they enjoyed relaxing home dinners with families (120!) all over the city, who opened their doors and hearts to One Young World.
  • Kofi Annan helped to bring the Summit to a close, by encouraging the delegates to become good global citizens, and that they should start small, by making positive change in their own communities.
  • During the closing ceremony of the One Young World Summit, delegates tied ribbons symbolic of their collective unity and hopes for the future and passed them onto the stage. Allegheny County Executive Richard Fitzgerald handed the One Young World baton to Chris Vondo, member of the Mayoral Committee of Johannesburg, site of the fourth annual One Young World Summit in 2013.