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One Young World takes place in Manchester

More than 2,000 young leaders from over 190 countries have been in Manchester this week for the annual One Young World Summit.

The Summit brings together the brightest young leaders from every country and sector who are working to accelerate social impact across the globe.

The Opening Ceremony, which took place at Bridgewater Hall, featured a host of performances from Manchester-based musicians, dancers and artists, alongside speeches from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Sir Bob Geldof, former President Mary Robinson and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

This year’s Summit explored themes ranging from conflict prevention and gender equality to health, oceans and ethical leadership. Delegates came together to tackle the globe’s most pressing issues including climate change, human rights violations, sexual violence, modern day slavery, violent extremism, and mental health.

Attending delegates heard from global leaders including marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle, Olympian Mark Tewksbury, World Cup winners Francois Pienaar and Tendai Mtawarira, along with singer and campaigner Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

Delegate speakers included Franziska Trautmann, who runs Glass Half Full which collects glass and recycles it into sand to replenish our coasts, Jin Dawod, who founded a multi-lingual therapy app for refugees and Keely Cat-Wells, who founded a talent agency for disabled creatives.

Seven Hills is proud to have led the international press office for One Young World since 2010.

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