The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, T.D., today held a virtual meeting with Ireland’s incoming United Nations Youth Delegates.
Tara Grace Connolly from Belfast, and Conn McCarrick from Dublin, have been selected as Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2020-2021.
Throughout the next year, they will work closely with the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. They will have the opportunity to represent the young people of Ireland at a number of UN events, and to engage with young people across Ireland about foreign policy issues.
Speaking after the meeting, the Minister said:
“I was delighted to meet with Tara Grace and Conn and to congratulate them on their selection as Ireland’s new UN Youth Delegates. During their term, they will have an opportunity to work on issues affecting young people in cooperation with fellow youth delegates from around the world. Their contribution, whether virtual or in person, will be vital over the coming year in ensuring that young people are represented in Ireland’s engagement at the UN. As Ireland prepares to take its seat on the UN Security Council in January 2021, they will also play an important role in building awareness of the work of the UN and the role Ireland plays on the global stage.
I look forward to engaging with Tara Grace and Conn in the year ahead.”
Since 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and NYCI have partnered to provide the opportunity for young Irish people to participate in the UN Youth Delegate Programme, which seeks to empower young people to be agents of change and foster active global citizenship through engagement with the UN.