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International Youth Day 2017:

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 08:30

Ireland’s next UN Youth Delegates unveiled
as Lauren Flanagan from Wicklow and Paul Dockery from Leitrim

Ireland’s two UN Youth Delegates for 2017/2018 have been announced today (12.08.17) to coincide with UN International Youth Day 2017. Lauren Flanagan from Kilquade, County Wicklow and Paul Dockery from Dromod in County Leitrim have been selected to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this Autumn. Their first official engagement will be at a ‘Young Voices’ consultation event organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people each year. The event will bring up to one hundred young people together in Dublin next Tuesday, as part of the UN International Youth Day celebrations.

Now in its third year, the UN Youth Delegate programme is run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, and the NYCI. It aims to ensure that young people are more involved in decision making at the UN, and that the views of young people in Ireland are taken into account.

Valerie Duffy of the NYCI said: “We are making this announcement to coincide with International Youth Day (12.08.17) to remind young people of the importance of participating in decision making on issues affecting their lives, today and every day. The UN Youth Delegate Programme provides an exciting opportunity for young people in Ireland. After a competitive selection process which saw applications from all over the country, in Lauren and Paul we are delighted to have selected two very impressive young people who will work throughout 2017 and 2018 to highlight youth issues at local, national, European, and global levels.”

While in New York, Lauren and Paul will speak on behalf of young people in Ireland at the UN Third Committee at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September and October 2017. As part of their role, the delegates will be attending youth events and consultations in Ireland before and after the UN General Assembly in order to consult with young people and take what they hear and research to New York.

Those holding youth events in Ireland can contact to invite the Irish UN Youth Delegates to attend. The delegates will also address a Youth Summit on Peace and Justice, as part of One World Week organised by the NYCI, which will take place on November 23rd in the Aviva Stadium.



Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail

National Youth Council of Ireland

NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.