Today, it was announced that Belfast has won the bid to host One Young World in 2023, a global summit that brings together over 2000 young leaders from over 190 countries with the aim of tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time.
This landmark opportunity will put the City of Belfast on the global stage as a place to visit, live, work and invest.
The Education Authority Youth Service have worked closely with One Young World and the Belfast bid board to help secure the event for the city and will be working with the planning team for 2023 and how to involve our young people throughout the summit.
Sir Bob Geldof, who will be one of the summit’s counsellors told a virtual launch event that Belfast had “so much to tell” attendees that would bring a unique perspective. Other counsellors for young delegates include Sir Richard Branson, the Duchess of Sussex, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Irish President Mary Robinson.
Assistant Director for Youth Services, Arlene Kee said:
“This is an amazing opportunity for our young leaders to engage with peers from around the world on important global issues whilst reflecting on their personal experiences and passions.
“We look forward to welcoming One Young World Ambassadors into our communities and to share in the rich stories of resilience and innovation leading to positive change within Northern Ireland. The Education Authority is excited to sponsor 60 young adults to share in this journey.”
There will also be an opportunity soon released to allow young people to apply to attend the 2022 One Young World Summit in Tokyo. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people from across Northern Ireland to get involved with One Young World and become part of a network of leaders from across the world representing companies, NGOs and universities.