A St Albans woman is set to become part of a high-profile international campaign to end extreme poverty.
Siobhan Palmer of Avenue Road has recently been selected to take part in anti-poverty organisation ONE’s Youth Ambassador Programme.
The former Sandringham School pupil will now meet key regional decision makers to highlight how young people in the East of England want their MEPs to publicly commit to helping some of the world’s poorest people.
The 21-year-old said: "I can’t wait to start working as a Youth Ambassador with ONE. Our politicians in Europe have a duty to do all they can to work for a fairer world, with less people living in conditions of extreme poverty in the next EU Parliament, and we want them to say this publicly, proudly and loudly.
"In the last 20 years extreme poverty around the world has halved. Eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 is possible, but only if our MEPs show their commitment to helping some of the world’s poorest people and fight to support developing countries in the next EU Parliament."
Ms Palmer has always been engaged in wider politics as well as the St Albans community, fundraising for causes including Menengitis Research UK and the Foyer Federation and volunteering with MediaTrustUK, and last year’s St Albans Film Festival.
She joins 24 other young people from around England and Scotland, who will campaign locally, nationally and online to persuade incumbent and candidate MEPs to publicly pledge their support to boosting agriculture, healthcare and access to energy for the world’s poorest.
At the launch of the Youth Ambassador programme last month, Ms Palmer visited 10 Downing St, to take their cause to the top. After a tour of the heart of UK politics, they spoke to Minister in the Department of International Development Lynne Featherstone.