One Young World, the global youth leadership forum, has announced Manchester as the host city for this year’s summit.
Originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, the organisers said they made the decision to switch host city to ensure as many delegates as possible from across the globe can attend.
The Summit will take place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex from 5-8th September, with the Opening Ceremony held at the internationally renowned concert venue Bridgewater Hall (pictured) – home of the BBC Philharmonic. Over 2,000 young leaders from more than 190 countries will gather in the city for a variety of speeches, panels, workshops and networking sessions.
Kate Robertson and David Jones, Co-Founders, One Young World said: “We’re delighted to bring the One Young World Summit to Manchester in September. Whilst we are saddened to no longer hold the Summit in Tokyo this year, we send our huge thanks to their team and look forward to Tokyo hosting our Summit in the near future.
“From football and music to innovation, Manchester is known around the world as a city that truly inspires young people, not least in its efforts to become a fairer, greener place to live and work. We know it will be a truly inspirational host for the One Young World delegates and the team is excited to make the Summit in September the best one yet for everyone attending in-person and virtually.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, added: “It’s great news that Manchester has been selected as a host city for this year’s One Young World Summit in September. Our city-region has a proud history of championing equality and justice, and our global community continues to attract people from all around the world to study, work, and thrive here.
“There is no better place than Manchester – the home of ‘deeds, not words’ – for exceptional young leaders, heads of state, activists, and business leaders to come together to find solutions to some of the most important issues facing our world. This is the largest global gathering of young people representing every single country in the world outside of the Olympics, and one of the most significant, and we are proud to be a part of that. I look forward to welcoming all the One Young World delegates to Manchester.”
Paul Black, Head of Events at VisitBritain, commented: “Delighted One Young World will now be in UK for two consecutive years. After the brilliant event in London in 2019, we now look forward to welcome this hugely impactful and prestigious event to Manchester in 2022 and Belfast in 2023.”