Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Bath students take to world stage at One Young World Summit

Mon Oct 27 15:49:00 GMT 2014

 
Alex Polkey speaks on stage at the One Young Wold conference

Undergraduate, Alex Polkey, speaks at the recent One Young World Summit. (Image courtesy of One Young World)

 

Two of our undergraduates from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies have returned after an inspirational week at the One Young World Summit in Dublin, refreshed and motivated with new ideas on how they can make a positive impact in the world.

At just 19, second-year Politics and International Relations student, Alex Polkey, was the youngest speaker at the event. Alex, from Bangor in County Down, spoke during the Summit’s Peace & Conflict session, reflecting on his experiences growing up in Northern Ireland as well as his recent volunteering at the Corrymeela Community – an organisation concerned with peace and conflict resolution in divided societies.

Talking about the experience of speaking at the event, Alex said: “My time at One Young World was incredible. I had the privilege of meeting many incredible young people, not least Yenomei Park, who gave a moving speech about her escape from the brutal North Korean regime.

“It was also exhilarating to represent the University of Bath and the Corrymeela Community in front of over 1000 delegates. I have been very touched the words of support and affirmation received from a number of the delegates.”

Watch Alex Polkey speaking at the recent One Young World Summit.

Also in attendance mixing with World Leaders and networking with international peers was final year Politics with Economics student, Nipuni Perera. Nipuni, 22, who is originally from Sri Lanka was selected as the flag bearer for her country during the Summit’s opening ceremony.

Reflecting on the event she said: “It was such a great experience to see like-minded people determined to make a difference in the world. Not just students, but employees of leading corporate firms, NGOs, young politicians, all under one roof being inspired by each other and by the world leaders who acted as our councillors.

“As the flag bearer of Sri Lanka, it was a fascinating moment to step on to the stage and walk with pride along with the countries. It felt like it was the whole world under one roof collaborating and cooperating in harmony.”

One Young World is a pre-eminent global forum for young leaders, aged between 18-30, bringing together people from around the world with a view to create lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. At last week’s event over 1,000 young delegates mixed with an array of politicians and activists, from Kofi Annan to Sir Bob Geldof.

This is the second year our Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences has supported students in attending the event. Following last year’s One Young World Summit in Johannesburg, our delegate Jenna Logeais, helped establish the Cube Movement, an international campaign to fight modern day slavery.

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