08 Sep 2023
Belfast is preparing to host over 2,000 of the world’s brightest young leaders for the prestigious One Young World Summit.
The annual One Young World Summit (2–5 October) convenes the brightest young leaders from more than 190 countries and 250 organisations, who are working to confront the biggest challenges facing humanity and accelerate their social impact.
As Belfast is hosting One Young World this year, the summit will also commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which began the peace process in Northern Ireland. It has been a blueprint for other societies that are navigating their way through peace and reconciliation, enshrining the importance of compromising despite differences and through mutual understanding.
Delegates will participate in four transformative days of speeches, workshops and networking during which they are counselled by influential political, business, and humanitarian leaders. This year’s impressive line-up of speakers includes former Irish president Mary Robinson, Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, footballer Rio Ferdinand and Sir Bob Geldof.
The young audience will also hear from key architects of the Good Friday Agreement, such as former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and Monica McWilliams of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition.
One Young World Launch, ICC Belfast.
Delegates graduate from the summit as One Young World Ambassadors, returning to their workplaces and communities with the means and motivation to make a difference. Since 2010, One Young World Ambassador projects have impacted the lives of over 41.5 million people.
The One Young World 2023 Belfast Summit will be held at various venues across the city as well as digitally on the summit platform.
The venues include The SSE Arena Belfast, Northern Ireland's premier entertainment venue, where the opening ceremony will take place involving the best of local talent. The International Convention Centre on the waterfront will be the main summit venue and will host the closing ceremony.
An evening social programme will take delegates to the city’s lively Cathedral Quarter and across Belfast’s historic Titanic Quarter where the world-leading Titanic Belfast attraction is located.
And if delegates have any free time to explore the city, they’ll find a wealth of things to do from walking the Maritime Mile to viewing Belfast’s famous street art, visiting bustling St George’s Market and browsing the museums and art galleries.
SSE Arena Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Titanic Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Projection Mapping for the One Young World launch event.
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