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The Davos Debates 2010 - Your Pitch to the World

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- The World Economic Forum launches the Davos Debates 2010 on YouTube youtube.com/davos
- Searching for a person with a cause worthy of the world's attention
- YouTube users invited to pitch their cause and take part the Annual Meeting 2010 in Davos-Klosters
- The winner to be part of a special panel dedicated to his/her cause

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with YouTube, today launched the Davos Debates 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/davos), which allows one lucky YouTube user to actively participate in the upcoming World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010.

The video contest, entitled "Your Pitch to the World", is looking for a person with a cause or concern that should be highlighted at the Annual Meeting 2010, held from 27 to 31 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

The independent jury - composed, among others, of writer Paulo Coelho, blogger Arianna Huffington and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus - will shortlist five finalists. The YouTube community will then make the final decision on who should represent the community in Davos. The jury will choose persons who demonstrate knowledge and commitment to a recognized cause or concern and who have the ability to engage and debate with the participants in the Annual Meeting 2010. The deadline for submissions is Monday 4 January 2010.

The winner will have the unique chance to pitch his/her cause in a special session at 15.30 CET on Saturday 30 January 2010.

This is the third year that the World Economic Forum is opening its Meeting to video submissions from YouTube. In 2008, the Davos Question asked, "What is one thing a government, an individual or a business can do to improve the state of the world?" In early 2009, Pablo Camacho from Bogota, Colombia, submitted the best video to the Davos Debates and won an allexpensespaid trip to attend the Annual Meeting as a citizen reporter.

In the Congress Centre in Davos, a special video corner allows participants to reply directly to the videos submitted by the YouTube community. World leaders such as Henry Kissinger, H.M. Queen Rania, Shimon Peres and Jacob Zuma, and personalities such as Bono, Jet Li and Amitabh Bachchan, among many others, have taken to opportunity to join the Davos Debates.

The Davos Debates video corner allows participants to reach out directly to the general public and discuss a range of topics around the official theme of "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild". The Davos Debates on YouTube is a channel for public debate and direct dialogue with global leaders about the key issues affecting our planet.

Notes to Editors

- More information about the Annual Meeting 2010 at http://www.weforum.org/annualmeeting
- Put your questions to the panellists of the press conferences on Livestream (http://livestream.com/worldeconomicforum). Watch the pre-Davos press conference on 20 January at 11.00 CET.
- See the best pictures from the Annual Meeting on Flickr: http://www.weforum.com/photos
- Watch the plenary sessions live on the Forum's website at http://www.weforum.org/videos
- The Davos Debates on YouTube at http://youtube.com/davos
- Become a fan of the Forum on Facebook: http://facebook.com/worldeconomicforum
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- Follow the Forum on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davos
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