Tánaiste meets with Ireland's UN Youth Delegates 2018/2019
News07 September 2018
Tánaiste Simon Coveney, T.D., meets with Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates 2018/2019
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D., today met with Ireland’s new UN Youth Delegates for 2018/2019.
Aisling O’Boyle (22) from Dundrum, County Dublin and Jamie Moore (26) from Dungarvan in County Waterford will join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this autumn. Throughout the next year, they will work closely with Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and will have the opportunity to represent the young people of Ireland during sessions of the Third Committee of UN, the committee dealing with human rights issues.
Speaking after the meeting, the Tánaiste said:
"I was delighted to welcome Aisling and Jamie to Iveagh House and to congratulate them on their selection as Ireland’s new UN Youth Delegates. During their term, they will have an opportunity to work on issues affecting young people in cooperation with fellow youth delegates from around the world. They will work to bring about change and have an impact on decision-making through their advocacy and engagement. Aisling and Jamie’s contribution over the coming year will be vital in ensuring that young people are represented in Ireland’s multilateral diplomacy, as well as in building awareness of the work of the UN and the role Ireland plays on the global stage.
I look forward to engaging with Aisling and Jamie in New York during the United Nations General Assembly and in the year ahead."
7 September 2018
Notes to Editors:
• This is the fourth year that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has sponsored the UN Youth Delegate Programme, in partnership with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).
• The programme seeks to empower young people to be agents of change and foster active global citizenship through engagement with the UN.
• If you would like to keep up to date with news and information about the UN Youth Delegates’ work, you can follow the DFAT and NYCI Twitter and Facebook accounts.
• Ireland is committed to amplifying the voices of young people at the United Nations. At the UN in July 2018, Ireland presented a Voluntary National Review of our implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ireland highlighted the role that children and young people across the country are playing in achieving the global goals in their schools, homes and communities: https://twitter.com/Irish_Aid/status/1019267604203139072
• Ireland is seeking election to a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in June 2020 for the 2021-2022 term. Our bid for a seat on the Council is an important element of Global Ireland 2025, the recently launched strategy to double the scale and impact of Ireland’s international engagement. Further information can be found at: https://merrionstreet.ie/MerrionStreet/en/ImageLibrary/20180702.pdf