Access last night attended the lavish opening ceremony of One Young World, which was organised by Private Drama Events.

MCI [UK and the Netherlands] is collaborating with On Young World in delivering the event. For the second consecutive year, MCI Group was chosen as the core events agency for the One Young World Summit with 2019 set to be the biggest since it began in 2010.

The 10th Anniversary Summit will benefit from MCI’s international standards of excellence and local approach with event talents resourced from MCI The Netherlands and MCI UK’s offices. The global events agency will provide full event management services, from volunteer, transportation and exhibition management to fully producing the summit programme at the QEII Centre.

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle was joined onstage by her fellow One Young World counsellors who include Bob Geldof and Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury.

One Young World is billed as a forum for young leaders from every country in the world that provides a platform for their stories to be told in international, regional and local media.

The One Young World Opening Ceremony marks the official beginning of the One Young World Summit 23 – 25 October and was hosted at the Royal Albert Hall, built at the behest of Queen Victoria for her late husband, Prince Albert.

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The concert hall hosted 5,000 guests and welcomed One Young World Delegates to London. The Opening Ceremony is a celebration with cultural entertainment, keynote speeches from global figures, and the Flag Bearing Ceremony featuring Delegates representing 190+ countries and sets the tone for the rest of the Summit.

Tracy Halliwell MBE, director of tourism, Conventions & Major Events at London & Partners, said: “We are delighted that One Young World is returning to London for its 10th year. London is a top destination for global events with a huge range of venues, hotels and experiences, and we look forward to welcoming so many young leaders to our city for this remarkable event.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London remarked at the Opening Ceremony at Royal Albert Hall, “As Mayor can I say we’re privileged not only for our city to be hosting this Summit but to have the opportunity to address a group of young people who are so passionate about building a better future for us all”.

He added, “London is and always will be outward-looking, international and open. Open to trade, talent and partnerships”.

“It’s fitting that a global forum like One Young World is being held in a truly global city like London: the most diverse city in the world.”

Read Private Drama’s event story in Access later this year…