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What do London, Zurich and Pittsburgh have in common? As of this October, they will have all hosted a One Young World summit! Founded in 2009, One Young World is a London-based non-profit that “gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.” According to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the goal is to develop a global network and to ensure that the concerns and opinions of the next generation of decision-makers and opinion leaders are heard.

This year’s event in Pittsburgh will take place October 18-23 and will be the third annual summit. More than 1,500 young leaders from 190 countries will be attending — no youth-dominated event outside the Olympic Games brings together more countries. This event was brought to our city by the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership; a consortium of local companies, non-profits, and community organizations. The founding partners include World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR and VisitPittsburgh (you can view their entry video here).

Pittsburgh Wants One Young World, video screenshot courtesy of OneYoungWorldPgh

President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech this year. Other notable attendees will include: 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.

In the following video of “Our Region’s Business,” Steven Sokol, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council — Pittsburgh, Rebecca Lucore, executive director of the Bayer USA Foundation and Neil Karls, a finance staff associate with UPMC Mercy discuss the upcoming summit:

If you’d like to apply for a fellowship to attend the summit, you can download an application here and read more about the requirements here. They are looking for young professionals from Pittsburgh’s not-for-profit community who display leadership potential, have an interest in cultural diversity and global affairs, and who are age 21 to 29. The deadline to apply is August 27, 2012.