Kilmore girl Sophie McNeill has joined 250 young campaigners from all G7 countries taking part in the ONE Summit, which will run alongside the G7 Summit in Germany.
Sophie (25) travelled to Munich yesterday (Thursday) for several days of concentrated action hosted by The ONE Campaign.
The ONE Campaign is an international, non-profit organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support effective policies and programmes that are saving lives and improving futures.
At the summit, Sophie and the other young campaigners will be part of a public rally – aiming to bring thousands of people out in support and featuring high-profile celebrities and politicians.
She said, “I want to show that young people do care about politics, and we believe we have the power to change things, especially in this important year for international development.
“The G7 begins a series of significant summits that will shape the global agenda for the next 15 years.
I want to show that young people do care about politics, and we believe we have the power to change thingsSophie McNeill
“The ONE Summit is a great opportunity for young campaigners from across the world to come together and be heard by our leaders.”
Sophie, who graduated from English literature with Film in University College Dublin in September, was selected to be a Youth Ambassador for the anti-poverty organisation from hundreds of applicants across Europe,
She added, “Being selected as a ONE Youth Ambassador has allowed me to help a cause which is dedicated to eradicating global poverty through lobbying decision makers, using social media to raise the profile of important campaigns and raising awareness amongst the public to sign petitions through online activity and local events.
“As a ONE advocate, I believe it is imperative to demand transparency from decision-makers concerning development goals. The Youth Ambassador trip to the G7 will be the perfect opportunity to show world leaders how committed we are to demanding a better world for those afflicted by extreme poverty.”