The speakers included Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General 2001-2007, Leif Johansson, President and Group CEO of Volvo, and Marie Reinicke, Chair of the World Scout Jamboree 2011.
In his opening speech, The King said that:
"The Scout Movement meant a great deal to me during my childhood. Leadership in the Scouts has always been based on values. All people have equal value, and there is no substitute bench. Everyone has a place in the team. The basic values are the same, regardless of whether the context is global or local, although the frames of reference may differ.
"In the Scouts, young people prepare to take responsibility for themselves, for others and for the common good. We as leaders and adults have an important role to play in supporting and providing a good example. Young people need both good examples and mentors."
The King's Young Leadership Foundation exists to promote training for young people in leadership skills based on the values of the Scout Movement. This is done by awarding scholarships, support to the Scout Movement's leadership training, and support to young people's development and leadership training within trade and industry, the public sector and voluntary sector.