Space Shuttle Lifts Dublin’s Youth Capital Status into Orbit

Kofi Annan Headlines Europe’s Largest Youth Leadership Event in Dublin

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke met with a group of young Dublin leaders at City Hall today ahead of the largest youth leadership event ever held in Europe.One Young World Dublin 2014 will take place at the Convention Centre, Dublin from Wednesday, 15th to Friday 18th October, 2014.

The participation of the Dublin group of nine youth leaders is sponsored by Dublin City Council.  They will join 1400 young leaders from 190 countries to debate the key issues facing the world today.  There will also be an international ‘whose who’ list of speakers, delegates and observers striving to achieve positive change on a global basis. ‘Counsellors’ speaking at this year’s summit will include Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof and Mary Robinson. The summit will also be attended by Sol Campbell, Boris Becker and many more young achievers such as Mark Pollock.

Bob Geldolf’s Space Shuttle will be on display beside the Convention Centre.

Topics on the agenda include Human Rights, Transparency and Integrity, Education, Global Business, Health, Leadership and Governance, and Sustainable Development.

“It is important that as this event is in Dublin, that Dublin enables leaders in social change to take part” remarked the Lord Mayor. “The eight individuals who carry the Dublin flag in the arena of global leadership were chosen because of their work in addressing key issues affecting peoples’ lives.  Dublin City Council is organising two of the Friday break out sessions, on Start-Ups with the new Dublin Start-Up Commissioner, Niamh Bushnell and one on social Justice with campaigner and Freeman of Dublin, Fr. Peter McVerry. “Leadership” observed the Lord Mayor, “is about making a difference in people’s lives.  It is not about what money you earn, or the power you hold but rather what justice and fair play you create for the most vulnerable and marginalised in our cities” he said.

Peter Finnegan, Dublin City Council’s International Relations Director laid claim for Dublin on the title of being Europe’s Youth Leadership Capital.  “We have the youngest population of any European city and a long and proven history of innovation and leadership that makes the world a better place.  The fact that Dublin is the city of choice for this event allows us fair claim to be European Capital for Youth and Leadership. I am confident that the actions after the event across the globe by this new generation of leaders will justify our claim” he said.

The Dublin bid to host the Young World Summit 2014 was submitted by Clara Kelleher, Bob Coggins and Valerie McGrane, a team of Dublin based youth leaders. The team overcame stiff competition from Edinburgh and Hong Kong last year to win the bid. The group was presented with a Lord Mayor’s Award in 2013 for their tireless efforts to bring Dublin to the forefront of the global community.

Further information on the programme for this global event can be found on


Photos issued to picture desks this afternoon by Conor McCabe Photography.

For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
Peter Finnegan,  Director of International Relations, Dublin City Council, T. (01) 2222159.
M. 086 2341494