Global Youth Forum 2013 has started!

With more than 200 participants from over 50 countries from all around the world, the 19th IDEA Global Youth Forum has started. This year’s forum is hosted by the Literary and Debating Society at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

At the opening ceremony, which was held in the O’Flaherty Theatre, several speakers addressed the participants. On behalf of the International Debate Educational Association (IDEA) the Forum Director, Mr. Steven Nolan, welcomed the participants alongside the Executive Director of the IDEA UK office, Mr. Marcin Zaleski. They both wished the participants to have a pleasant stay and very productive two weeks of workshops and debates.

Ms. Marian Harkin, member of the European Parliament, spoke of the importance of debate skills, of Digital freedoms to active citizens, and of the value of volunteering in society. Dr. James Brown, President of NUI Galway welcomed all participants to NUI Galway and spoke about the importance of the Literary and Debating Society in the life of the University.

More than 200 participants will be accommodated by the River Corrib in Galway, in the dormitories in Corrib Village, with the debates taking place on the main campus of NUI Galway. For the past 3 days, the staff and the trainers have been preparing the site for the arrival of the participants and doing an excellent job in making their stay as valuable as possible.

Today on the schedule there was a demo debate and the first two rounds of the WKPDC. You can watch the past debates here.