Trinity Hosts One Young World Summit Sessions

Posted on: 22 September 2014

The One Young World Summit taking place in Dublin next month will see 1,100 young leaders from across the world debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces including the topics of Sustainable Development, Youth Entrepreneurship, Climate Justice and Peace and Reconciliation among others.

One Young World is a non-profit organisation that gathers together the brightest young people globally, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change. Their annual Summit is attended by young leaders from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations as well as world leaders, acting as the One Young World Counsellors. Counsellors confirmed to attend this year’s Summit from 15 – 18 October include Bob Geldof, Mary Robinson, Ellen MacArthur, Kofi Annan, Paul Polman and Martin McAleese.

As one of the official partners of the Summit, Trinity has played a key role in assisting Dublin become the successful host city for 2014.  The Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, was involved in the initial bid to bring the Summit to Dublin and is now represented on the One Young World Advisory Board.

Over the course of the Summit, Trinity will host two break-out sessions: one on youth entrepreneurship and one associated with the Science Gallery.  The College is also sponsoring four delegates to attend the Summit from a range of disciplines and a number of students have signed up as volunteers at the Summit.    

As part of the One Thousand Welcomes Tour, delegates will be brought on a tour of the campus and given the opportunity to visit the Science Gallery and Book of Kells in Old Library. The Trinity Orchestra is also confirmed for the closing ceremony which should make for an upbeat and lively closing to the Summit. 

After each Summit, the delegates, known as One Young World Ambassadors, work on their own initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those initiatives already in existence. Of those in employment, many return to their companies and set about creating change from within, energising their corporate environment.

To mark the launch of the One Young World Summit in April, an iconic mural was unveiled by Francois Pienaar above Trinity College Dublin's Nassau Street entrance.