Monday, July 9, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton Named Keynote Speaker at One Young World 2012 Summit in Pittsburgh in October

Former President Bill Clinton will be keynote speaker at the One Young World Summit of international youth leaders that will be held in Pittsburgh in October, summit organizers have announced.

Clinton joins a growing list of luminaries at this year's Summit, scheduled for Oct. 18-22, including Arianna Huffington, Bob Geldof, Fatima Bhutto, Imran Khan, Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Wales, Joss Stone, Muhammad Yunus, Natalia Vodianova, Oscar Morales, Pete Cashmore, and Rahul Gandhi.

More than 1,500 delegates representing over 190 countries will attend this year's event.

Welcoming the news that President Clinton would address the Summit, co-Founders David Jones and Kate Robertson said: "One Young World Delegates all over the world are honored and thrilled to know that they're going to hear from President Clinton in person. The inspiration and motivation he can deliver is going to be hugely important for these young leaders. We're excited about the impact that his presence will have on candidates and delegates everywhere."

The four-day Summit will serve 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.

In addition to plenary sessions on these important topics, the Summit will feature several special events, which were part of Pittsburgh's bid to host the event. These include an opening ceremony held in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, set to the world-famous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh; breakout sessions held at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms and in several sites around Pittsburgh, and relaxed evenings dining in Heinz Field and with families all over the city, who will open their doors and hearts to One Young World.

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results.

Since 2001, President Clinton's vision and leadership have resulted in more than 4 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 14,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 26,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gases cut or abated in some of the world's largest cities.

One Young World is a global youth leadership summit, bringing together 1,300 delegates primarily under 25 from 190 countries worldwide. Unlike any other event in the world, One Young World gives delegates the kind of media platform and forum afforded ordinarily only to those who lead countries and corporations.

For more information, go to www.oneyoungworldpittsburgh.com.

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