Ireland represented at the UN
Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mohammad Naeem of Co. Mayo, and Alicia Joy O’Sullivan of Co. Cork, have been selected to join Ireland’s official delegation to the United Nations for the UN General Assembly in New York this September. With key interest areas spanning climate justice/action/finance, online safety and privacy, and peace & security, their work in New York will be in close coordination with Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN. Mohammad and Alicia will represent the youth of Ireland during sessions of the UN Third Committee, which deals with human rights issues.
On Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2023/24, the Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD said:
“I am delighted to announce Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2023-2024. The UN Youth Delegate Programme is an avenue for young people to become more involved in international cooperation while championing change and representing the voices of the millions of young people in Ireland. The programme offers a wonderful opportunity to build their networks, engage with other UN Youth Delegates, and advocate on matters that concern young people globally through UN meetings and events. It is essential that young people are equipped to be effective global citizens, contributing to policy and decision making at local, national, and international levels. This is what we achieve through the Programme. It is my pleasure to support the UN Youth Delegate Programme in its ninth year and I look forward to engaging with Alicia and Mohammad in the future.”
Now in its ninth year, the UN Youth Delegate Programme is run by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Aid, and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people each year. The aim of this public diplomacy initiative is to provide a platform for young people in Ireland to be represented at the United Nations, and to facilitate greater engagement with young people on national and foreign policy issues. This is a unique opportunity for those selected to get involved in developing policies that affect young people.
Valerie Duffy of the NYCI said: “The UN Youth Delegate Programme provides an exciting and unique opportunity for young people in Ireland. After a competitive selection process which saw applications from all over the country, we are delighted to have selected two dedicated young people in Mohammad and Alicia, who we know will work throughout their 2023-2024 mandate to draw attention to issues affecting young people in Ireland at local, national, and global levels.”