Central Hall Westminster has announced that it will host the Closing Ceremony of the One Young World Summit 2019.
The closing ceremony will be held in Central Hall’s Great Hall, and will include a ceremonial handover of the One Young World Baton from the Lord Mayor of London to the Mayor of Munich, where next year’s event will be held. This handover will be accompanied by a 17-piece German band. Keynote speeches will then be carried out by Paul Polman, the Chair of One Young World Global Advisory Board, which will then be followed by a symbolic ribbon tying, where delegates write down their pledge to action. The ceremony will then conclude with an aerial performance act.
Co-Founder of One Young World, Kate Robertson, said:: ”London is home to some of the world’s oldest institutions and buildings, with Central Hall Westminster being one of its flagship venues. It embodies every principle One Young World embraces as an organisation – from hosting the very first UN public address in 1946 to welcoming those from all walks of life throughout its rich history, we are honoured to be hosting our Closing Ceremony there. Young leaders representing over 190 countries will be celebrating the end of our 4-day Summit inside its walls; it gives us great pride to be bringing our event to a close in such a culturally significant location.”
The annual four-day event aims to identify, promote and connect the world’s most impactful leaders to ‘create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership’. The Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact.
Delegates from over 190 countries are supported by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders which have historically included HRH, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and world-leading businessman, Paul Polman.
This year’s high profile counsellors include singer and activist, Sir Bob Geldof; Co-Founder of Twitter, Biz Stone; former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon; Channel Four presenter and journalist, Jon Snow; leading businessman, Sir Richard Branson; singer, Ellie Goulding; and Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, among many others.
Over 2,000 delegates participate in four days of speeches, workshops, panels and networking, with all attendees given the opportunity to apply to deliver keynote speeches and share a platform with world leaders, as well as being able to interact with and challenge world leaders, and be mentored by influencers.
The five main themes in the plenary sessions of the event include climate change, poverty alleviation, how to build peace in a polarised world, media freedom, and the future of learning.