Johannesburg will welcome 1,250 young leaders from 190 countries as the One Young World Summit 2013 kicks off on Wednesday.

The Opening Ceremony at the FNB Stadium will see representatives of the world’s youth joined by a host of One Young World Counsellors: global figures who are committed to promoting youth issues. Counsellors attending the Opening Ceremony include Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof, Lily Cole, Ahmed Kathrada and sports stars Ashwin Willemse and Boris Becker.

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Sir Bob Geldof is one of the leading figures attending the Summit

Soccer City – the stadium where the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final was played – will host not only the One Young World participants but also 8,000 students from schools in Soweto. The students will all have the opportunity to meet with One Young World delegates and ask them questions about their countries which range from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Key-note speeches will be delivered by Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof and Professor Muhammad Yunus. The Soweto Gospel Choir and South African soul-sensation, Lira, will also perform.

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One Young World Ambassador and TV talk show host, Katlego Maboe will act as the master of ceremonies, helping co-founders David Jones and Kate Robertson welcome the world during the Flag-Laying Ceremony. The Ceremony will see delegates present their countries’ flags to the One Young World Counsellors, symbolising that world coming together to work towards positive change.

The Summit will wrap up on Saturday after a whirlwind of panels, Plenary Sessions and workshops that will address Education; Global Business; Human Rights; Leadership & Government; Sustainable Development, and Youth Unemployment.

You can watch a livestream of the conference in the video above and also get involved through The Great Debate.

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    Bob Geldof addresses the opening ceremony of the summit

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    Bob Geldof takes the microphone in the education plenary session

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    Delegates ahead of the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit

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    Kofi Annan speaks at the opening ceremony for the One Young World Summit

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    Speakers from the floor during the education session

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    The six young delegates who spoke at the Education plenary session

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    Bob Geldof talking at the human rights plenary session

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    Kofi Annan and Bob Geldof with selegates at the special ambassadors session

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    Francois Pienaar recalls his first meeting with Nelson Mandela at the special session on the former South African president

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    Ahmed Kathrada recalled his time with Nelson Mandela imprisoned on Robben Island

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    Celebrity cook Jamie Oliver is beamed into the Summit's discussion on The Food Revolution

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    Arianna Huffington speaks to delegates about The Third Metric