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Ireland's Youth Delegates addess United Nations in New York

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 16:45

We're delighted and proud that two young people Aisling O’Boyle (22) from Dundrum, County Dublin and Jamie Moore (26) from Dungarvan in County Waterford addressed the 3rd Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on October 3rd.

In the context of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit and the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Peace Agreement in Ireland, their speeches highlighted:

  • Achieving full gender equality by 2030.
  • The threat of climate change, particularly its impact on young people.
  • Unacceptable numbers of young people not in education, employment or training.
  • Young people make up 25% of the world’s population today but they make up 100% of the future.

[Read speech transcript here]

    This amazing opportunity to represent the youth of Ireland during 'Third Committee' -  one of the six main committees of the General Assembly, the UN committee dealing with human rights issues - is part of the UN Youth Delegate programme we run in partnership with Irish Aid and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The role also involves wide ranging consultation and engagement with young people by the delegates upon their return.

    Consultation - get in touch

    Those holding youth events in Ireland can contact unyouth@nyci.ie to invite the Irish UN Youth Delegates to attend. Or book into one of our regional Meet your UN Delegate events in Athlone, Cork, Waterford or Dublin.

    The delegates will also address a Youth Summit as part of One World Week organised by the NYCI on November 21st 2018.