Ireland set to host young leaders of tomorrow at summit
KOFI Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Bob Geldof and Mary Robinson are set to lead the One Young World Summit in Ireland later this year.
The global event for the young leaders and business chiefs of tomorrow will take place in Dublin in October and will see an influx of almost 2,000 delegates into the capital.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is set to be one of the star names to address the summit, which previously enjoyed such high-profile guests as Bill Clinton and Natalia Vodianova.
One Young World is the only youth-dominated organisation outside the Olympic Games to bring together individuals from 190 nations to openly discuss and debate international issues in a formal setting.
Venues including the National Convention Centre, Croke Park and Trinity College will be swarming with delegates over the course of the conference and a security operation of military precision will be put in place as men and women excelling in fields such as business, politics and entertainment fly in to contribute and inspire the next generation of thinkers.
The Irish bid committee beat off stiff competition from Hong Kong and Edinburgh to host the 2014 summit. With Dublin proving a successful base for a string of multinational corporations including Twitter and Facebook, as well as being the home of 25pc of Nobel Laureates awarded for literature, there were considerable pull factors in securing our chances on the grand stage.
Clara Kelleher, Valerie McGrane and Bob Coggins led the Dublin bid, highlighting the city's youth, creativity and innovation, and spoke of the importance of the conference, which attracts young delegates aged between 18 and 30.
"The event is incredibly well represented and over the course of the event everyone thrashes out ideas and ways to make local and national change in their areas," Ms Kelleher told this newspaper.
"Human rights, gender equality and sustainable development are among the issues looked at."
In addition to the rousing talks, the city will be buzzing as an eclectic entertainment programme is being lined up to showcase the best of Irish culture.
While the main conference will be held in the Convention Centre, 'Breakout Sessions' will be held in more than 30 different venues across the city.
"It's crucial that the welcome to Dublin is very apparent and we're appealing to businesses, the City Council and the people to get involved; that can be by volunteering, putting forward delegates from our own country or just to reach out and give the visiting delegates a proper Irish welcome and live up to our reputation," Mr Coggins told the Irish Independent.
"What I really noticed when attending two summits, one in Pittsburgh and one in Johannesburg, was that the cities really got behind the event, from taxi drivers to shopkeepers and restaurant owners.
"The Irish are spectacular for that and we're known internationally for our kindness and generosity, so that's what we want people to leave here with."
One Young World 2014 will be launched on April 3 by World Cup-winning retired rugby player Francois Pienaar, who will officially hand over the mantle after last year's successful event in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The application process for delegates is currently open.
For more information, go to www.oneyoungworld.com.