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Welsh young leaders to attend One Young World for the first time

Young leaders from all over the world will come together in London this week to discuss some of the biggest global issues facing future generations. From climate change to education inequalities, the future of work and media freedom.

Now in its 10th anniversary, One Young World will convene the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman and Meghan Markle, amongst many other global figures.

The One Young World Summit 2019 will take place in London, United Kingdom from 22 to 25 October 2019. This year the speakers include Ban Ki Moon, Bob Geldof, Mary Robinson, Ella Goulding and Sir Richard Branson.

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales has convened 10 young leaders to represent Wales at the annual One Young World Summit. This will be the first time a delegation from Wales will attend.

They are;

  • Dan Tram (Arup)
  • Molly Palmer (Wales Millennium Centre)
  • Rebecca Brown (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales)
  • Emily-Rose Jenkins (Transport for Wales)
  • Bethany Roberts (Public Health Wales)
  • Chris Roscoe (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Chloe Winstone (Principality)
  • Hayley Rees (National Assembly for Wales)
  • Mishan Wickremasinghe (University of South Wales)
  • Helen Atkinson (Scouts Cymru)

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe said;

“I’m very excited to announce the delegation representing Wales at One Young World. In Wales, we have a message to share with the world, that we are the only country in the world to have legislated on behalf of future generations and that Wales values the views and ideas of our young leaders. One Young World provides us with an opportunity to contribute to the global challenges we face, to share ideas and build a stronger movement for change.

“The delegates have been drawn from across all sectors in Wales, in partnership with a range of organisations. I am grateful for their support in developing the Future Generations Leadership Academy, which I will launch later this year.”

Welsh Government Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt, said:

“One Young World is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Wales, and our dedicated young people, to the world. Last month I met with the Welsh delegation who will pursue action on a range of important matters on behalf of our current and future generations.

“We’re proud of our Well-being of Future Generations legislation but we need to ensure we continue to develop new leaders who have the right skills to take legislation forward and create a better future for all. Wales’ voice must be heard at this international stage; sharing with the world our journey on leadership, sustainable development and well-being.”

Graeme Farrow, Artistic and Creative Director at Wales Millennium Centre said:

“As the national arts centre and as a charity, we are committed to investing in the future of Wales through our young people. We do this by providing creative and practical learning opportunities – such as our youth-led radio station and training programme Radio Platfform. We also collaborate with a range of organisations who have the same aspirations as us, and therefore we are very proud to be part of the Future Generations Leadership Academy.

“I’m thrilled that one of the Radio Platfform team, Molly, will be representing us at the One Young World summit in London this month. I am sure that she will embrace this opportunity, making a valuable contribution to the discussion and gaining experience, inspiration and ideas which she can bring back to share with us all”.

For the first time, the Welsh flag will be flown as part of the Opening Ceremony. The flag bearer for Wales will be Helen Atkinson.

Helen Atkinson of Scouts Cymru said;

“I’m really excited to be given the opportunity to represent Wales at the One Young World Summit this year, and even more delighted to have been selected to carry the Welsh flag at the opening ceremony! We can’t wait to get out there and show everyone what Wales can bring to the table internationally. At Scouts Cymru we actively promote leadership skills and in particular how we prepare our young people for the future. This experience is going to benefit the Scouts movement, and my personal skills will be enriched too.”