Press release – HOPE XXL finalizes global vision on the future in Costa Rica

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 12:00

HOPE XXL finalizes global vision on the future in Costa Rica

From 27 to 30 January 2015 HOPE XXL organizes the Global Summit in Costa Rica. During an interactive four-day program, young people from all over the world together develop their vision on the future. Directly after the conference this vision will be presented to the United Nations in New York.
The Global Summit is organized in close cooperation with the United Nations mandated University for Peace and takes place on their campus in Costa Rica. Around 75 young people from dozens of countries take part in the event. HOPE XXL director Chris van de Ven: “Costa Rica is the happiest country on earth. With HOPE XXL we want to increase wellbeing worldwide. To us, Costa Rica is the perfect place to organize the Global Summit.”
HOPE XXL started in 2009 in The Netherlands. Ten young people from the Liemers region together developed the first version of the Liemers List: a long term vision on the future. Ever since, HOPE XXL has grown into an international movement with thousands of young people joining and sharing their ideas. During a series of international events, including the 2012 European conference with Kofi Annan, the Liemers List was developed further.  At the Global Summit in Costa Rica it will be finalized by young people from all over the world.
Directly after the conference a HOPE XXL delegation will travel to the United Nations in New York. There, Yama Akbari (24) will present the global Liemers List at a UN conference on February 3rd. He is invited by UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi who was mandated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the task of bringing the voices of young people to the United Nations System. Yama grew up in the Liemers region and involved with HOPE XXL from the very beginning: “We have always wanted to present the Liemers List to the United Nations. I’m thrilled it is now happening.”
The Global Summit is supported by the vfonds (www.vfonds.nl).
Photos and contact details:

Ambassador Yama (24) presents HOPE XXL at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on February 3rd, 2015 (photo credit: Amrah Schotanus).
Kofi Annan speaks at the European HOPE XXL conference, Leiden 2012 (photo credit: Amrah Schotanus).
More information:         Chris van de Ven, HOPE XXL Foundation
E-mail:                            chris@hope-xxl.com    
Phone number:             +31 6 – 22 087 780