International Development Forum G8 Event Stormont, 12 June 2013
On Wednesday 12th June, the University of Ulster will be showcasing some of its International Development work at a major event in Parliament Buildings, Stormont. The event is scheduled to help set the scene for the following week’s G8 summit meeting in County Fermanagh. The G8 summit is an opportunity for world leaders to have frank and open discussions about the important global issues of the day. In 2013, it is the UK’s turn to shape the G8’s approach to these discussions with G8 leaders ‘holding each other to account and agreeing concrete steps to advance growth and prosperity across the world’.
The Stormont event will include some of the University’s most recent and groundbreaking work in International Development, highlighting not only the work of university academics and researchers, but of students as well. We hope that senior politicians, policy makers and representatives of international NGOs will be in attendance to see the depth and scale of the work carried out by the University of Ulster in this crucially important arena.
In order to make this event as democratic and interactive as possible, we would like to hear about your work in international development or on the issues that you feel most strongly about that you think the G8 should be addressing in the field. Whether this is related to your own particular research or as part of a volunteering experience you have had through the university, or just a good idea you think the University could take forward, we want to hear from you.
There are two quick and easy ways to do this – firstly, you can download a short video application (for example www.viddy.com) which can be posted on Twitter, on what you think are the important issues, and how the University of Ulster is making a positive contribution, or secondly, you can simply post a tweet relating to your work with any available links. Use the hashtag #ulsterisgr8 on your tweets to join in the discussion over the next week and also on the night of the event when we will project your thoughts to the gathered guests in Stormont.
We hope that we can create a real buzz around the University’s work in International Development and promote some of the many success stories that we have to share over the next week. Join in the #ulsterisgr8 campaign and help us to ensure that G8 leaders have a full appreciation of the importance of this work and the quality of our contribution to it.