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EICC is shortlisted to host One Young World Summit

One Young World Summit, the Junior Davos event, has shortlisted Edinburgh in its bidding process for host city 2014. Dublin and Hong Kong have also been invited to refine initial bids with the winner set to be announced on 6 May 2013.

One Young World co-founder Kate Robertson says: "We are very pleased with what is an exciting shortlist of host cities for the One Young World Summit 2014. All three cities have submitted strong initial bids and demonstrated that they share the core beliefs of One Young World on the importance of youth leadership."

Welcoming the news Edinburgh International Conference Centre Chief Executive, Hans H Rissmann OBE said: "There could not be a better year for the youth of the world to convene in Scotland for this event appreciated worldwide as the Junior Davos. 2014 promises the Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup, a Year of Homecoming and a referendum on an independent Scotland and bringing One Young World to Edinburgh would add a respected forum for young leaders grappling with the issues that face our global community. Our initial bid was enthusiastically supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Ministers, VisitScotland and a wide cross section of our civil society and we must now redouble our efforts to extend Scotland's welcome".

Sue Stuart, Operations Director of Marketing Edinburgh says: “The One Young World summit is a particularly dynamic and exciting event and we are pleased that Edinburgh has been shortlisted as its potential host city. Since April last year, more than £74.6million of economic benefit has been brought to the local economy by international conventions won for Edinburgh, which is fantastic news, and we anticipate that figure will grow yet more in the following weeks.

Previous One Young World Summits have taken place in London, Zurich and most recently Pittsburgh USA. This year, the Summit will make its first appearance in Africa, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2-5 October.

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