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Minister launches ‘One World Week’ on Universal Children’s Day

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:00

One World Week – ‘The World Young People Want’

Young people gather in Dublin city centre today (20.11.13) to celebrate the launch of One World Week 2013, a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues organised each year by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).


This year One World Week runs from November 16th to 24th. It invites groups to respond in their own way to the question ‘what world do young people want’? Youth groups all over Ireland run activities, public events, quizzes and debates, invite guest speakers, have intercultural evenings or express themselves through drama, art and music.


Officially opening the event Joe Costello, TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development said:
“I am delighted to launch One World Week. Educating young people on the importance of development issues is a vital part of Irish Aid’s efforts to tackle poverty and injustice, to promote peace and democracy and to safeguard human rights.


“This is borne out in our new policy for international development, One World, One Future, which expresses Ireland’s vision of a sustainable and just world and outlines how development education provides a unique opportunity for Irish people to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as global citizens.”

Also speaking at the launch Mary Cunningham, NYCI director, said:

Despite the current recession, young people continue to show a deep commitment to action in solidarity with other young people around the world.  They are increasingly aware of global issues such as recession, trade and relations between countries, and how they impact on young people’s lives and opportunities.

“Today’s event is a powerful showcase of the innovative ways in which young people are tackling this important issue and working constructively towards the ‘world young people want’” continued Ms Cunningham.


A visual representation of the most common responses sent by young people to the NYCI to the question ‘what world do young people want’ has been installed in a prominent Dublin City Centre location, at the entrance to Dublin Castle, on Castle Street, Dublin 2.

The launch date was chosen to coincide with Universal Children’s Day, which marks the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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


Notes to Editors:

National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 55 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.


One World Week

One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year in November and coincides with the Council of Europe Global Education Week and Universal Children’s Day. This week One World Week takes place from Sat, November 12th to Sat, November 19th.

Groups taking part in the event include:

  • Celtic Youth Bray

  • Crosscare

  • Ballyfermot Youth Services

  • ECO-UNESCO, Dublin

  • YMCA

  • Manor St John Youth Service, Waterford

  • Swan Youth Service, Dublin

  • The Snakes Drumming Group, Mayo

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