We at Global Links are extremely proud that Kristina Dellinger, our Volunteer/Inventory Coordinator, has been chosen as one of the Pittsburgh delegates for the upcoming One Young World Summit, October 18 – 22.
This global youth leadership summit brings together 1500 delegates ages 18 to 30 from 196 countries in a four-day event that addresses and finds solutions to the issues world leaders tackle every day. One of only eight or ten delegates from Pittsburgh, Kristi’s background includes an internship at the United Nations Association of the United States of America during her college years, and a year at Global Links in 2008-2009 as a Health Corps member.
“To sit and discuss these subjects with individuals with different backgrounds and experiences, to hear what they have to say on the topic and contribute what I have learned and experienced can only result in learning more and, therefore, being better prepared to step into a leadership role,” Kristi wrote in her application for this life-changing experience.
“I would like to make new friends with other young leaders from around the world. Going forward, it is the ability to understand that we can find common ground even though we come from different countries, cultures, and religions that will allow us to solve some of the greatest crises facing this world. If we can sit and enjoy dinner together at Heinz Field despite speaking different languages now, then when we are leading it will be those moments we look back on as we move forward.”
One of the summit activities that, according to the One Young World website, made Pittsburgh’s application appealing was the break-out sessions tackling such issues as human rights, sustainable business and global health, among many others. Global Links’ Program Officer Marisol Wandiga Valentin will be taking part in a panel discussion, “Unintended Consequences of Aid.” The session is designed to lead to a conversation on what aspects of aid are more complicated than they initially appear to be, and what sort of new approaches might lead to better outcomes.
Last year’s One Young World Summit was held in Zurich, and the 2013 summit will be in Johannesburg.
Kristi has promised to share her impressions and experiences in an upcoming blog.