Application Process & Rules

The National Youth Council of Ireland, together with the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications are delighted to announce a call for applications for one young person from Ireland aged between 18-25 years to be part of Ireland’s National Climate Delegation in 2023 to 2024.  The role is intended to run from March 2023 to August/September 2024 and will involve attending international climate change negotiations. 

It is intended: 

  • To provide a platform for young people from Ireland to be represented at international climate negotiations within Ireland’s delegation; 
  • To ensure Ireland’s delegation benefits from perspectives and knowledge from youth in its work;
  • To directly involve young people from Ireland in the international climate policy and decision-making agenda;
  • To hear and include the voice of young people on key climate issues under negotiation at international level;
  • To promote climate, development, and youth policies among young people in Ireland, creating awareness of Ireland climate diplomacy activities sharing information via social media
  • To familiarise young people in Ireland with the UN climate process and opportunities for action;
  • To support climate, global citizenship activities, and development initiatives in Ireland;
  • To strengthen the link between the official delegation and civil society, including by organising a meeting between the Irish delegation and other Irish youth representatives in attendance;
  • To build relationships and networks with others including other youth delegates and civil society from across the world to support the broadening and deepening of insights and understanding of the issues.

Call for Applications

Applicants should:

  • Be between the ages of 18 – 25 years (on March 1st 2023);
  • Be a self-starter;
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to Climate Action; 
  • Have experience in policy making and advocacy work on climate (desirable but not necessary);
  • Have previous experience at similar events, travelling for meetings/conferences/workshops (desirable but not necessary);
  • Have good knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Be culturally competent;
  • Can work collaboratively with others and willing to engage with other youth representatives from Ireland and abroad to exchange knowledge and experiences;
  • Be a good communicator, and willing to use blogs/videos/social media posts/performances and writing articles to inform others;
  • Be able to travel to Germany to international meetings for a number of days in June 2023 and June 2024 (advance notice of specific dates will be provided);
  • Be able to travel to Dubai to attend the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) from 30th November to 12th December 2023;
  • Have a valid and in date passport which may be required to submit to Embassy for visa application; 
  • Be able to attend regular meetings of the National Climate Delegation (approx. once a month);
  • Be able to provide a report and where appropriate present their experiences, learning, insights, and future ideas for action and engagement; 
  • Be a resident of Ireland.

Submitting Application:

All information must be provided through the online form by 2pm on March 13th 2023

Please note: No additional attachments will be accepted or considered as part of assessment process. Requested information only please.