PEACE Ambassadors striving for One Young World!

Thursday, 28 September 2023
One Young World Ambassadors with SEUPB CEO Gina McIntyre, Declan McGarrigle, and Eimear Bush Development Support Officer

One Young World Ambassadors with SEUPB CEO Gina McIntyre, Declan McGarrigle, and Eimear Bush Development Support Officer

A group of fourteen outstanding young people have been selected by the SEUPB as “PEACE Ambassadors” to attend the One Young World Summit which is taking place in Belfast next week. 

The young people, who are aged between 18 and 29, come from across Northern Ireland and the border counties and have all previously participated in developmental projects funded by the SEUPB “Peace4Youth” programme or youth projects funded under the Local Authority Peace Action Plans.

The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young leaders from 190+ countries and 250+ organisations, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates participate in four transformative days of speeches, workshops and networking. This year the event will take place in Belfast with events at various iconic locations across the city including the SSE Arena and ICC Belfast.

The PEACE Ambassadors are: Stephen O’Donnell, Naseer Sherzad, Jack McLaughlin, Katie Curran, Eve Bell, Dillon Stanley, Aoife Lafferty, Jamie McAdoo, Alexandra Pelan, Stephen McCrystall, Stephen Campbell, Faith Drummond, Chloe Marks, and Rory Sloan.

This diverse group of young people are really looking forward to the event,

Eve Bell from Newtownabbey told us:

“I am really excited to be a part of the One Young World summit in Belfast next week. My role as a PEACE Ambassador has already given me the opportunity to speak at the launch of PEACEPLUS earlier this month and I am really looking forward to hearing from the incredible speakers at the summit. It is brilliant that this is happening in Belfast and I am delighted to be able to welcome the other delegates to our city.”

Stephen O’Donnell from Donegal agrees saying:

“I am really looking forward to attending the summit and am delighted to have been selected as a PEACE Ambassador through SEUPB. I am excited to have this  opportunity to meet the other delegates and get involved in the discussions.”

Stephen McCrystall from Carrickmore in Omagh added:

“I’m very grateful to SEUPB for the opportunity to attend the One Young World Summit in Belfast, and really looking forward to an intense but highly rewarding few days. The Summit will allow a positive spotlight to be placed on the place we call home, recognise the progress we have made in the 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement, and seek to tackle the local and global challenges we face together with influential leaders from around the world.”

The PEACE Ambassadors project is an initiative of the Special EU Programmes body.

Gina McIntyre, CEO SEUPB said;

“We are delighted to be supporting these incredible young people on their One Young World journey. It is vital that we recognise the role that young people have to play in ensuring a peaceful and inclusive future.”

Co-Founders of One Young World, Kate Robertson and David Jones said;

“We are thrilled to welcome the SEUPB Scholars to the One Young World Summit in Belfast to work alongside like- minded young leaders in their communities who continue working towards achieving peace. They are an exceptional cohort and we look forward to seeing their growth over the course of the programme."

PEACEPLUS represents a partnership between the European Union, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , the Government of Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Executive.

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