Hargey begins countdown to One Young World Belfast

  • Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has begun the countdown to One Young World (OYW) Belfast at an official handover ceremony in Manchester.

    The annual summit, which connects young leaders working to affect change globally, will take place in Belfast in October 2023. Over 2,000 young people are expected to take part, both in-person and digitally.

    Addressing the closing ceremony at One Young World Manchester, which hosted delegates from over 190 countries, the Minister welcomed the opportunity the global summit would bring to young people locally.

    Minister Hargey said: "One Young World Belfast presents a brilliant opportunity for our young people to engage with leaders from across the globe to learn and develop.The Belfast summit will celebrate the culture, arts and languages of our communities and will celebrate our voluntary and community and youth sectors.”

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    The Minister added: “In a year that marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, there will be a focus on those grassroots activists that make an impact every day in areas such as anti-poverty, disability, gender equality and peace building.”

    The Department for Communities’ Young Leaders Training and Ambassadors programme, which engages young people between 16 and 24 in enhancing good relations, reflects the ethos of OYW.

    The programme, which is part of the Uniting Communities through Sport and Creativity scheme, aims to create highly motivated, skilled and socially responsible young people who can drive positive change in their communities and beyond.

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    Minister Hargey continued: “With 43% of our population under 30, we’ve a generation of talented and civically-minded citizens who are driving positive social change in their communities. I am proud that their energy, passion and ideas will now be shared and showcased on a global platform.”

    Delegates who take part in the Belfast OYW summit, organised by Belfast City Council, will have the opportunity to be mentored by global figures and to make lasting connections. The organisation also runs a year-long programme working to fund young leaders making an impact within sustainable development goals.

    Minister Hargey concluded: “One Young World Belfast will be a truly unique opportunity for young people from every country in the world to meet and engage with our own young leaders and community representatives to help share our learning and experiences. We have resilient, proud communities who will make their home, a home for One Young World in 2023.”

    Source: Written from press release.

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