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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney meets with Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates 2020-2021

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, T.D., today held a virtual meeting with Ireland’s incoming United Nations Youth Delegates.

Tara Grace Connolly from Belfast, and Conn McCarrick from Dublin, have been selected as Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2020-2021.

Throughout the next year, they will work closely with the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. They will have the opportunity to represent the young people of Ireland at a number of UN events, and to engage with young people across Ireland about foreign policy issues.

Speaking after the meeting, the Minister said:

"I was delighted to meet with Tara Grace and Conn 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. Their contribution, whether virtual or in person, will be vital over the coming year in ensuring that young people are represented in Ireland’s engagement at the UN. As Ireland prepares to take its seat on the UN Security Council in January 2021, they will also play an important role in building awareness of the work of the UN and the role Ireland plays on the global stage.

I look forward to engaging with Tara Grace and Conn in the year ahead."

 

ENDS
Press Office
23 September 2020

Notes to Editors:

• This is the sixth year that the Department of Foreign Affairs has sponsored the UN Youth Delegate Programme, in partnership with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). NYCI manages the application and selection process for the programme.

• Ireland is committed to amplifying the voices of young people at the United Nations. 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 (@dfatirl), NYCI (@nycinews) and UN Youth Delegate (@UNYouthIRL) Twitter and Facebook accounts.

• Additionally, those holding youth events in Ireland can contact unyouth@nyci.ie to invite the Irish UN Youth Delegates to attend.

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