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October 18, 2012, 08:49


A delegation of ten Irish youth will be attending the One Young World Conference in Pittsburgh from the18th – 22nd October. The 10 Irish youth chosen will be amongst the approximately 1,500 delegates from 196 countries expected to attend. Some of the delegates of the conference met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Government Buildings in Dublin ahead of their travels.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said "It is great to see committed Irish youth expanding their horizons by engaging in world forums such as One Young World. I have all confidence that Ireland will be well represented by those that were chosen and I am looking forward to hearing from those youth on their return."

The youth-dominated One Young World Conference brings together more countries than any other event outside of the Olympic Games. The annual Summit encourages the delegates, backed by the One Young World Counsellors, to debate and formulate solutions that they encounter in their own lives.  Delegates will be focussing on areas such as leadership, environment, global business, global health, interfaith dialogue and media.

At this year event, counsellors include Bill Clinton, Muhammed Yunus and Bill Strickland amongst others.

This is the third year that the conference is running, after being in London in 2010 and Zurich in 2011. This year Pittsburgh is gearing up for the international conference.

Pittsburgh has a transformation story and achievements in areas from global health to sustainability to business leadership, and we’re excited that the delegates will learn from the host city as part of their experience this year,” said Kate Robertson, co-founder of One Young World.

The city of Pittsburgh successfully competed to host the One Young World Summit by submitting an exceptional bid, which was spearheaded by the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership, a consortium of local companies, non-profits and community organisations, and supported by political, community and business leaders within Pittsburgh and across the United States.

In 2010 and 2011 delegates were guided by a line-up of Counsellors that included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Professor Muhammad Yunus, HKH Prince Haakon of Norway, Jamie Oliver, Wael Ghonim and Joss Stone.

After each Summit, many delegates return to their companies or organisations and set about creating change from within, energising their workplace environment. Since the 2010 Summit, One Young World has been creating change on a global level. Previous initiatives have included the presentation of The Missing Millennium Development Goal to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the creation of the first-ever African Student Leaders Summit.

 Find out more about the work of the One Young World forum at

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All on route to the conference

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L-R Miss Valerie McGrane, Miss Clara Kelleher Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Mr Noel Rock, Mr Chris Gordon, Miss Rebecca Kilbane, Mr

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