DUBLIN Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn shared the stage with Winnie Mandela as the baton of the 'One Young World' summit was passed from South Africa to Ireland.
Ms Mandela was a surprise guest at the closing ceremony of the event in Johannesburg, which brought together 1,300 young delegates to debate world issues.
Dublin has been selected as the host venue for next year, with organisers hoping to secure appearances from former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Virgin boss Richard Branson, rocker and activist Bob Geldof and possibly even Bill or Hillary Clinton.
As the 2013 summit drew to a close, Mr Quinn issued an open invitation to delegates for next year.
"Dublin is a cosmopolitan city, blessed by young people from every corner of the globe, enriched by their energy, their ideas, and their creativity," he said.
In her speech to the summit, Ms Mandela said that her generation had failed young people.
"We could have done better. Comrade (Nelson) Mandela says there can be no greater reflection of a society than how it treats its children."