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United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

Since 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) have partnered to provide the opportunity for young Irish people to participate in the UN Youth Delegate Programme. Each year, two UN Youth Delegates are chosen to form part of Ireland’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. The aim of this public diplomacy initiative is to provide a platform for young people from Ireland to participate at United Nations level and to facilitate greater engagement with Irish youth on national and foreign policy issues. 

The application window for the UN Youth Delegate Programme for 2017-2018 has now closed

United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

This is the third year that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has sponsored the UN Youth Delegate Programme in partnership with NYCI.

Over the past year, Ireland’s Youth Delegates were Samantha O’Brien O’Reilly (@SamanthaObor) and Colm O’Rourke (@colmorourke1). Events that Samantha and Colm participated in included:

  • UN General Assembly in September/October: Samantha and Colm took part in a number of the Minister for Foreign Affairs’ bi-lateral meetings, addressed the UN 3rd Committee on youth and gender issues (see video), and organised a high-level seminar exploring the impact of media on attitudes towards refugees and migrants.
  • Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Forum in Geneva in November: Samantha spoke on the topic of the role of youth in public decision-making.
  • UN Commission for Social Development and ECOSOC Youth Forum in January/February: Samantha and Colm spoke at CSocD on strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all, and Samantha addressed the ECOSOC Youth Forum on the role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world.
  • Coalition 2030 launch in March: Samantha and Colm were guest speakers at the launch of Coalition 2030, an alliance of over 100 organisations based in Ireland, working here and across the developing world towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Watch the address by the 2016 UN Youth Delegates to the UN Third Committee in New York

Ireland's UN Youth Delegates 2017-18