Lauren Flanagan from Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow and Paul Dockery from Dromod, County Leitrim will join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this Autumn. Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2017/18 were officially announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, TD at an event held in Iveagh House, Dublin, recently in advance of their departure. At the UN, 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. Speaking after the meeting, Minister Coveney said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Lauren and Paul here to Iveagh House and to congratulate them on their selection as Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates. During their term as UN Youth Delegates, they will have an opportunity to help bring about change and have an impact on decision-making through their advocacy and engagement. The work of Lauren and Paul over the coming year is also important in building awareness of the work of the UN and the role Ireland plays on the global stage.
I look forward to engaging with Lauren and Paul in New York during the United Nations General Assembly and in the year ahead.”
The UN Youth Delegate programme is run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people each year.
Valerie Duffy of the NYCI said: “The UN Youth Delegate Programme provides an exciting opportunity for Irish young people. After a competitive selection process which saw applications from all over the country, in Lauren and Paul we are delighted to have selected two impressive young people who will work throughout 2017 and 2018 to highlight youth issues at local, national, European, and global levels.”
Those holding youth events in Ireland can contact email@example.com or @UNYouthIRL to invite the Irish UN Youth Delegates to attend. The delegates will also address a Youth Summit on Peace and Justice, as part of One World Week organised by the NYCI, which will take place on November 23rd in the Aviva Stadium.