This morning I travelled with 20 ‘ONE Youth Messengers’ to Bellevue Schloss, the official residence of the German President, to meet with President Wulff and Bill Gates and launch a new programme to Share the Proof with other young people in Germany.
ONE Youth Messengers
The Youth Messengers are a truly inspiring group – many have travelled to Africa and seen first-hand the impact smart aid is having on the ground – and Bill encouraged them to use their long-term vision, to be creative and to get the word out. I can’t wait to see how they get on in the days and weeks ahead.
I also want to continue on a theme I began last night, about the unexpected. This morning I was reminded that there are people who work in politics who care just as passionately as any of us about the injustices of extreme poverty. Take Georg Schmidt, the German President’s Head Africa Development Policy. Now, at this point I have to admit that my German is a little sketchy, but he really was extremely compelling – sharing his own experience of Africa, having lived in Mali for three years, and the positive progress he had seen on the ground. He wasn’t jaded and he still had the fire in his belly (in a buttoned up way), which we hope he will continue to use to fight on behalf of the world’s poorest people.
Bill Gates and ONE members in Berlin
After the meeting it was on to Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate for the unveiling of my favourite Living Proof artwork yet. It was great to see such an important message flanked by ONE members who will ensure other people get involved and that together we share the proof.