The 2012 Summit in Pittsburgh held Plenary Sessions on the following seven themes. The delegation voted on a Pledge associated with each session as a sign of their commitment to take action aligned to that Pledge.
Please click on the session titles for more information.
Focus: Why can’t every child read?
Pledge: We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to take personal responsibility for improving literacy in our communities
Global Business ▸
Focus: What is the new CSR?
Pledge: We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to create employment opportunities for young people.
Focus: Why do we allow the physically disabled to be socially disabled?
Pledge: We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to improve facilities in our environment so that those with disabilities have access to equal opportunities.
Human Rights ▸
Focus: Who is responsible for upholding human rights?
Pledge: We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to take personal responsibility for improving the rights of an oppressed minority in our community.
Focus: Why will this generation do a better job?
Pledge: We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to take personal responsibility for the development of other young leaders in the organisations in which we play a part.
Sustainable Development ▸
Focus: What is the new green?
Pledge: We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to personally contribute to the One Young World Global Statement in order to create consensus on the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies.
Transparency & Integrity ▸
Focus: Why is corruption so hard to fight?
Pledge: We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to take personal responsibility for educating children, communities and corporations about the damaging effects of corruption and the need for transparency.
How the Plenary Session topics and PlEdges are created
Delegates and Ambassadors drive Summit content and there is consultation with the One Young World community at every opportunity. In order to draft the 2012 Pledges, Ambassadors participated in a polling process to establish which issues they most cared about. Then a full survey among Ambassadors was carried out to establish which aspects of those issues were of most concern and should be focused on. Pledges were then created around the principle of actionable but scalable activity that could be carried out in any country.
The Transparency & Integrity Pledge was created at the first-ever One Young World Caucus in London. Ambassadors from all around the world sent in ideas and the attending Ambassadors were from a wide range of countries: Brazil; China; India; Iraq; Turkey; and the UK to name a few.