The Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2023 on 28 July at the Parliament House in Melbourne promises to be an exciting and engaging event. The Summit brings together a diverse youth population from Shepparton, Regional Australia, urban Australia and Asia-Pacific to create a group of connected future leaders of the region and Australia.
Born in Shepparton, the COVID lockdowns took the Summit online and allowed us to share the 2020 and 2021 summit experiences with young people and leaders spreading from New York to Africa. Young people chose the topics, and they were designed to assist them in growing into leading community players and act on the immediate most pressing challenges.
In 2022, the historic Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne allowed the young leaders to experience speaking in the chamber used by the Australian Parliament before the construction of Canberra's Houses of Parliament and still in use by the Victorian Parliament. In 2023 we will make use of the same majestic building to provide the platform the for the young leaders.
Our confirmed 2023 speakers will be led by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp AO, the Leader of the Opposition, John Pesutto MP, and representing the Premier, Daniela De Martino MP with Nazer Nazir of the Afghan Australia Initiative, Tané Hunter, Cofounder Future Crunch and Mason Interlandi of DFAT.
We will commence in the Chamber at 9.45 am on 28 July and conclude at 2 pm.
Draft Agenda: Details to Come
- 9.45 Introductions and Acknowledgement of Country with Rashidi Sumaili and Margaret Hepworth.
10 am Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp AO leads the conversation
- 10.20 am Leader of the Opposition, John Pesutto MP leads the conversation
- Morning Tea
- 10.40 am Daniela De Martino MP representing the Premier leads the conversation
- Morning Tea with St Paul's Lutheran Church Choir
- 11.30 am Nazer Nazir, Afghan Australia Initiative leads the conversation
- 11.45 am Mason Interlandi, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade leads the conversation
12 pm The Future: Tané Hunter, Cofounder Future Crunch, leads the conversation
- Youth Participants on their Optimism , Hope and the Future
- 1 pm Lunch in the Parliament's Queen's Hall including St Paul's Lutheran Church Choir
"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward."
A Short History of the Summit
The 2022 Summit Proceedings
Young People's Optimism at the Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit
The Australian Governor General at the 2020 Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit
Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2021
Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2020
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