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NYCI's Development Education Programme is a partnership between NYCI and Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Young People, 2015 and Beyond

Dublin Castle, Tuesday 10th February, 2015


2015 must be the year the world wakes up and delivers a safer, more just future for children and young people. We all must play our part in ensuring this is the case. Do not let this opportunity go to waste - Malala Yousafzai


We need all countries to do their part through the choices they make, from voting booths to grocery stores...It is not only Government leaders, but everybody – individual citizens, civil society, and particularly the business community Ban Ki-moon


Young people will be the torchbearers of the next sustainable development agenda through 2030. We must ensure that this transition, while protecting the planet, leaves no one behind. We have a shared responsibility to embark on a path to inclusive and shared prosperity in a peaceful and resilient world, where human rights and the rule of law are upheldUN Report, December 2014


World governments have been meeting to negotiate a new set of agreed world goals called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the betterment of everyone particularly those living on the margins.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs can be defined as new goals, targets and indicators that United Nations member states, including Ireland, will be expected to use to make sure people around the world live better for themselves and for the planet. The new goals are a follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will be in place for the next 15 years until 2030.

There are currently 17 goals with over 100 targets to be achieved.

The world negotiations have included discussions on everything from poverty, hunger, health, child protection, inequality, sustainable living, education, climate change, development, gender equality, water and sanitation, peaceful societies and sustainable development.

Young people have an important role to play in the development, monitoring and implementation of the new goals. Indeed, Ban Ki-moon has referred to young people as being 'the torchbearers' of the new goals which will be in place from 2016-2030.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) held a Roundtable discussion involving young people and those who work with young people to explore the up to date information on happenings at the United Nations as well as to examine how young people in Ireland can actively engage in this new agenda at local, regional, national, and global levels.


International Day of Happiness



#happyday #InternationalDayOfHappiness #EYD2015 #happyplanet 


In 2013, United Nation member states agreed that happiness is a “fundamental human goal” and said that they would work together to achieve “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes… happiness and well-being of all peoples”. (Read the full text of the UN resolution here)

On Wednesday, October 8th 2014, the National Youth Council of Ireland held a Roundtable discussion on Development Education (Global Youth Work) and Youth: Young People: Connected, Respected & Empowered.



International Women’s Day

(Sunday – 8th March) is a crucial opportunity for us to highlight how important the Sustainable Development Goal summit and the Climate Change negotiations will be for women and girls.


In fact, we feel that the Sustainable Development Goal summit and the Climate Change negotiations could potentially be the most important negotiations for women and girls in history!


It’s crucial that across the world women, girls and men and boys hear this message.  If the public isn’t aware of the opportunity and what is at stake in the negotiations, then how can they push their governments to be ambitious.





The European Year for Development is here.

What will be YOUR contribution?



President Michael D. Higgins kicked off the programme of events for the European Year for Development in Ireland on January 22nd where he delivered an inspirational speech:


Development education in youth work aims to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world in which we live, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection. It challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a national and an international level.


Did you know?

Skills acquired through participation in Youth Work and Development Education

Employability Skills required by Employers

NYCI United Nations Global Partnership for Youth
in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is delighted to join the United Nations Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

NYCI together with its members organisations, will work within the youth, development, and education sectors especially, to ensure young people are provided with the opportunity and actively participate in setting, implementing and evaluating the new development agenda due to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

Finally!! The Barefeet Theatre Tour in Ireland is CONFIRMED!!

If you are a youth worker, arts practitioner, development worker, development educator, or young person - or all of the above! - there is something in this tour for YOU!

Find more info via where you can book a spot NOW!

Workshops for young people and those who work with young people take place in Dublin and Limerick and are NOW open for booking!!