Concern/NYCI Youth Summit on migration is the flagship event of this year’s One World Week
Naval Services and UN Delegate share experiences of rescues on Libyan coastline and of working on the UN migration summit in New York
Up to 200 young people from around Ireland met at a Youth Summit in Blackhall Place, Dublin today (17th November) to look at the issue of migration. Organised by Concern Worldwide and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the event followed on from the UN agreement last year where 193 world leaders committed to 17 global goals (known as the Sustainable Development Goals or ‘SDGs’) to end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by 2030.
Those attending heard from young people about their personal experiences; as well as from Leifteanant Cagney of the Irish Naval Services who recently served onboard L.É. ROISIN which was deployed to the Mediterranean earlier this year and involved with the rescue of over 2,300 persons north of the Libyan coastline and from UN Youth Delegate, Samantha O’Brien O’Reilly on her experience of addressing the United Nations and attending the UN migration summit.They also had the opportunity to meet people and organisations taking action on the issue of migration and to bring away ideas for their own communities, schools and organisations.
This year’s event focused on Goals 1 and 2 (Poverty and Hunger); Goal 10 (Inequality); Goal 13 (Climate Action) and Goal 16 (Peace and Justice).
Speaking at the event Valerie Duffy of the NYCI said: “Young people are key to achieving these goals. We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change. This is a really important time.”
Michael Doorly, Head of Active Citizenship in Concern said: “Now more than ever we need ‘bridge builders’, we need young people with passion and skills to meet the SDG targets, and that’s what this annual youth summit is all about.”
One World Week is a nationwide week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year to coincide with Universal Children’s Day (the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) on November 20th and the Council of Europe Global Education Week. This year One World Week takes place from the 12th to the 20th November.
Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
NYCI One World Week One World Week is a nationwide week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year to coincide with Universal Children’s Day (the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) on November 20th and the Council of Europe Global Education Week. This year One World Week takes place from the 12th to the 20th November.