Ireland represented at the UN
Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs
“Climate action and gender equality are our key priorities as we represent and amplify the voices of Irish youth on the international stage. We hope to engage meaningfully in consultation with young people and act as a strong connection between the youth, policymakers and institutions at domestic and global levels”, that was the message from Jessica Gill and David Giles from Co. Cork, who have been selected to join Ireland’s official delegation to the United Nations for the UN General Assembly in New York this September. While there, they will work closely with Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN and will have the opportunity to represent the youth of Ireland during sessions of the UN committee dealing with human rights issues.
On Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2022/23, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, said:
“It is a pleasure to congratulate Jessica and David on their selection as Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2022 – 2023. It is important that young people have the opportunity to contribute to global policy discussions that affect current and future generations, and the UN Youth Delegate Programme aims to reflect this. During their term as UN Youth Delegates, they will have an opportunity to work on issues most affecting young people in cooperation with fellow youth delegates from around the world. They will work to bring about policy change and impact decision-making in important areas including human rights, sustainable development, and climate change through their advocacy and engagement.”
Now in its eighth 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 from Ireland to be represented at the United Nations, and to facilitate greater engagement with Irish youth 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 opportunity for young people in Ireland. After a competitive selection process which saw applications from all over the country, in Jessica and David we are delighted to have selected two impressive young people who will work throughout 2022 and 2023 to highlight youth issues at local, national, and global levels.”
“It will be a great honour to join the Irish delegation at the United Nations”, said Jessica and David, “and we welcome the forthcoming opportunities and challenges as Ireland’s incoming UN Youth Delegates.”
The delegates will be engaging in extensive consultation throughout the year. Those holding events in Ireland can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to invite the Irish UN Youth Delegates to attend. You can also follow their journey on Twitter: @UNYouthIRL and @nycinews; Instagram: unyouthireland; and Facebook: UNYouthDelegatesIreland.
Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail email@example.com