Friday 19 April 2019

The brightest and the best jet in for One Young World Summit

Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

GLOBAL leaders from the worlds of politics, technology, business, charity and the arts will arrive in Dublin today for the start of the One Young World Summit.

The Who's Who of global delegates will join 1,400 young leaders from 190 different countries in Dublin's Convention Centre over the next four days to allow young people to discuss how to change the world for the better.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle

It's estimated that the event will be worth up to €3m to the local economy. Dublin City Business Association Chief Executive David Brennan said that the influx of young people to the city would help raise extra revenues during what is usually a quiet period.

"There is an immediate benefit, a [future] tourism benefit with people coming back and it will benefit our reputation as a city. The event should raise between €1.5m to €3m and that is a great pick up," he added.

Failte Ireland director Paul Keeley said that such events play an important economic role. In the year to date, 60,500 international delegates have travelled here, raising €85m.

"An event such as One Young World not only contributes to the local economy but provides a great 'shop window' to showcase Dublin and Ireland's ability to host further world class events," said Mr Keeley.

There will be increased security in Dublin with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and five former and current Latin-American Presidents in attendance. Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, actress Meghan Marklel and entrepreneur Michelle Phan due to speak to delegates.

Peace and conflict resolution, global business, human rights, sustainable development, education and government will also be discussed.

Independent.ie is the media partner for the One Young World Summit 2015, with extensive coverage on independent.ie.

Michelle Phan
Michelle Phan

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