One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, has announced Belfast and Montréal as the host cities for its 2023 and 2024 global summit.
The One Young World Summit identifies, promotes and connects the world’s young leaders, from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact.
It annually convenes over 2,000 delegates from 190+ countries for a three-day event. Delegates are joined by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders, who include Sir Bob Geldof, president Mary Robinson, prime minister Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman and Emma Watson amongst many other global figures.
Following a competitive host city bid process, which included eight candidate host cities from across five continents, Belfast and Montréal have been confirmed as the two winning cities to host the 12th and 13th Summit, respectively.
David Jones, co-founder, One Young World said: “Belfast and Montréal are vibrant, youthful cities, and we’re really looking forward to hosting our next Summits in these important cultural hubs. The world has faced more than a year of incredible disruption, yet we have also seen inspirational moments of activism, strength and commitment. The young leaders of the world are well-placed to help lead us out of the crisis and into a brighter future.
“Similarly, our next host cities Belfast and Montréal share a passion for attracting global talent and being committed to the acceleration of the kind of ambitious, innovative ideas that we will need. As we look to the future of One Young World, we are thrilled to announce that Belfast and Montréal will be our next host cities.”
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Frank McCoubrey, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the prestigious One Young World to Belfast in 2023. The timing is significant as it will coincide with our city’s ambitious new cultural strategy and an unparalleled programme of immersive cultural activity during the year 2023.
“We will proudly showcase to over 2,000 young people from more than 190 countries around the world that Belfast is brimming with talent, potential and youthful optimism – an energy that is driving our city’s resurgence and regeneration. The fact that these young people will take such hugely positive experiences of Belfast home with them will create a long-lasting, global legacy for our amazing city.”