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The Hague shortlisted to host Global Youth Summit in 2017 and 2018

One Young World has announced the shortlist of Candidate Cities that are competing to host the eighth and ninth annual Summits, taking place in 2017 and 2018. The Hague is competing with Belgrade, Bogota and Paris to host the event. The winning destinations will be announced at the end of September 2015.

The international youth charity One Young World, co-founded by David Jones and Kate Robertson, during her conferences brings together 1,350 young leaders from over 190 countries debating and sharing innovative solutions in the struggle against global challenges. The Summit is the most international gathering of young people in the world, other than the Olympic Games.  

Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague: “The Hague is known as the international city of peace and justice and it is no exaggeration to state that decisions made here affect the entire world and the whole of humanity. The Hague’s unique profile will enable One Young World to create awareness, reach a greater audience of young people from all over the world and to actively contribute towards building a better world.”  

At the Summit, young delegates are joined by global dignitaries who lend their stature to mentor and guide them in their discussions. In previous years these have included: President Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Arianna Huffington and Sir Richard Branson.   

Since the first Summit took place in London in 2010, previous host cities for One Young World have included: Zurich (2011); Pittsburgh (2012); Johannesburg (2013) and Dublin (2014). This year, the Summit will be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand and the 2016 Summit will take place in Ottawa, Canada.  

One Young World Co-Founder Kate Robertson said: “As always, One Young World is honoured that such a variety of world cities want to host this unique event. We believe that hosting One Young World can have a meaningful impact on the young populations of the Host Cities and are delighted that we have four such iconic locations who want to welcome our delegates.”

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