One Young World Summit begins in Jozi

The opening ceremony to the world’s biggest youth summit kicks off at Soccer City today.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is among the global leaders attending the One Young World Summit 2013. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The world's biggest youth summit kicks off in Johannesburg today with former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, businessman Sir Richard Branson and activist Sir Bob Geldof descending on Johannesburg to facilitate discussions.

The One Young World Summit 2013 will tackle social issues such as education, youth unemployment and the role of global business.

The summit, being held between 2 and 5 October, will be attended by 1,300 young leaders from 190 countries.

It's the first time the event is being held in Africa.

The summit's co-founder Kate Robertson has told Eyewitness News she's thrilled the global event is being hosted in Johannesburg.

She says the young leaders will lead the conversations, draft resolutions and then face the task of transforming them into practical work in various communities.

"The delegates select the topics, they make the speeches as well as pose the questions and resolutions on which they vote."

The summit kicks off today with an opening ceremony at Soccer City, while talks will begin tomorrow and continue into the weekend at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Young people across the globe are able to join the conversation at the summit through the Great Debate, an integrated chat platform that connects social media platforms with Mxit and standard SMS services.

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