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Dublin set to host world's young leaders

BRIGHT young business leaders from across the globe are preparing for a Dublin summit in October that will bring €2m to the city's coffers.

Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn has briefed the Irish business community about the One Young World Summit which will attract 1,200 young delegates from more than 190 countries for the five-day event.

Representatives of Google, Dell, Diageo and HSBC were all in the Mansion House yesterday to hear plans for the summit and to be briefed on how they can become involved.

The Lord Mayor told them that the summit, from October 15 to 19, will be "one of the most exciting events to ever be held in this city".

"We have been trusted with making this an unforgettable event for some of the world's brightest young leaders, and it is our responsibility to inspire them," he said.


The summit will take place in a range of venues across Dublin, including the Convention Centre and Croke Park, with breakout sessions also planned.

Its aim is to create positive and lasting change in areas including youth unemployment, education, sustainable development, leadership and government.

The first summit took place in London in 2010, and since then it has visited Zurich, Pittsburgh and Johannesburg.

Richard Branson, Kofi Annan, Arianna Huffington, Bill Clinton and Winnie Mandela have all spoken at or acted as counsellors in previous years.

Uniphar chairman Maurice Pratt said: "Now that we have secured a massive global youth event for Ireland the possibilities are endless."

He called on all Irish and international businesses here to support the summit in whatever way they could.

Bob Coggins, a member of the Dublin Bid Committee, said; "The idea of 1,000 welcomes is really what we want to create here in Ireland for the event.

"We want everyone to feel like they are a part of this extraordinary occasion and to give the best possible welcome to the visiting delegates."

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 existing schemes.