DUBLIN – 13 June 2013 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has been chosen as the venue for the One Young World Summit in October 2014. Dublin fought off intense competition from Hong Kong and Edinburgh to become the host city for the high-profile global event, which comes to Ireland for the first time since its inception in 2009.
Outside of the Olympic Games, no other youth event brings together more delegates from more countries for a single event. Up to 2,000 delegates aged between 18 and 30 from over 180 countries will travel to Dublin to debate and provide solutions on pressing global issues. Discussions will revolve around a number of key areas including education, human rights, health, global business, sustainable development, leadership and governance.
After each Summit, the One Young World Ambassadors continue to work on the initiatives discussed to create positive change on a global level. There are currently 130 projects involving 100 countries in action, and to date, almost four million people have been directly impacted by the work of One Young World Ambassadors.
Dublin Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirísaid of the win “These young people are our future and hosting such a significant and inspiring summit is of key importance, not only for now but for the future”. While The CCD’s CEO Nick Waight commented, “The CCD launched a new vision this year - ‘to be the world’s favourite place for leaders, innovators and dreamers to share, create and celebrate ideas that change lives’. This event is the perfect epitome of our vision, and we are delighted that such a dynamic, inspiring event has chosen The CCD as the backdrop to stimulate positive change on a global scale.”
A line-up of high-profile Counsellors that span a range of political, business, religious and popular culture backgrounds, will help ‘guide’ the event’s proceedings. Past Counsellors include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, HKH Prince Haakon of Norway, Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof, Jamie Oliver and Joss Stone.
Fáilte Ireland estimates that the event is worth €3m to the Irish economy, and comments “with over 40% of the population under 30 years old, Dublin is teeming with youth, overflowing with energy and is the ideal destination for this event”.
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About The CCD:
The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, is situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. The award-winning venue is configured to accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 participants in 22 purpose-built meeting rooms and six spacious foyer levels. Its iconic design includes a 2,000-seat auditorium, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and banqueting facilities for up to 3,000 guests. The CCD offers the latest technology throughout its flexible and delegate-friendly venue, with an experienced and passionate team. The CCD is committed to sustainability and best practices, and has secured ISO Certification for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems, as well as the British Security Standard (BS7499). The CCD has won a total of 22 industry awards since opening, including being named as one of the top four Convention Centres in the World at the AIPC Apex Awards in 2012, winning Gold for ‘Access Excellence’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, and winning Gold for ‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012 and 2013. For more information, please visit www.theccd.ie
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