PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There’s an overwhelming presence of young people in Pittsburgh.

The brightest young minds in the world have all gathered here to discuss everything from global business to sustainable development at the One Young World Summit.

The goal? To learn from each other and make the world better for all of us.

KDKA’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland reports:

For the next several days, Pittsburgh will be solving the world’s biggest problems.

“I work in sustainability services, so we work on issues of the environment and environmental safety, things like that,” said one summit attendee. “So, a lot of the issues here today are about how our generation can improve our interaction with the Earth and how we can sort of treat it better.”

Okay, maybe not the world’s biggest problems, but the 1,500 young leaders from 196 countries are gathered here for the third ever One Young World Summit, a networking event for brainstorming, connection-making and problem-solving of tomorrow’s leaders from around the globe.

“I think this is an opportunity to get together and to put in practice many things related to environment, sustainability and human rights and so on,” said another attendee. “I think young people need to get together on many topics.”

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“I want to interact with people, particularly other guys from Africa that I was not able to meet, some people from [the United] States,” added another young leader. “I want to give a solution back to my home country to our little problems through an interaction with my fellow youths of equivalent age like me.”

The parade of flags and pageantry of Thursday’s opening ceremony illustrate how varied the young people attending the summit are, and Pittsburgh hopes to put its best side forward

After all, it is the first time this summit has ever been to the United States.

“It’s awesome,” one hometown attendee said. “It’s awesome to see many different cultures, many different people from all over the world here in my home city, where I’m from and it’s something that you don’t see every day.”

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