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The search for Ireland's next UN Youth Delegates

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 16:00

Young people from every county invited to apply for chance to represent Ireland at UN

Applications close June 8th

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – is calling on young people aged 18 to 25 from around Ireland to apply to become Ireland’s UN Youth Delegate for 2018/2019.

The United Nations Youth Delegate Programme, coordinated in Ireland by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will see two young people join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York in September and October 2018 and February 2019.

Valerie Duffy of the NYCI explained: “We are looking for applicants from all around the country, so I would encourage any young people aged 18 to 25 to apply for this amazing opportunity to represent Ireland at the highest international level, and to work on important issues including immigration and the new Sustainable Development Goals. Young people in Ireland have a vital role to play in shaping the Sustainable Development Goals, and they are part of the first generation that can end extreme poverty and fix climate change.

“If you, or a young person you know, think you have what it takes to be Ireland's next UN Youth Ambassador you have until June 8th to apply.”

Those interested can find out more and apply on

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, said of the UN Youth Delegate Programme:  “I’m very pleased that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are once again working with the National Youth Council of Ireland on this initiative. The engagement and involvement of young people in informing our understanding of the issues that affect young people is increasingly becoming a priority across governments both here and internationally. Since becoming Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, it has been incredibly encouraging to see the level of insight and understanding that young people have on issues both at home and abroad. Both Lauren Flanagan and Paul Dockery have been exceptional ambassadors for Ireland as UN Youth Delegates and it’s been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with them. I look forward to continue working with Ireland’s future UN Youth Delegates in bringing the issues closest to the heart of Ireland’s youth to the attention of the international fora.”


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.