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Irish UN Youth Delegates arrive at the UN General Assembly

You can follow their activities online

Written by Michelle O'Connor and posted in news

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World leaders got together in mid-September to discuss how to tackle challenges brought about by migration and refugees. The 71st United Nations General Assembly will also look at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the achievements one year on as well as how best to work towards implementing the goals over the next 14 years.
Decisions made at the UN this year will impact on people living in Ireland and throughout the world. 
As such, the National Youth Council of Ireland, together with Irish Aid and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supports the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland. This Programme provides an additional platform for young people from Ireland to participate at United Nations level and provides the opportunity for greater engagement on national and foreign policy and development issues. 
Samantha O'Brien O'Reilly from Kells, County Meath and Colm O’Rourke from Cabra in Dublin are the UN Youth Delegates from Ireland. They attended, and will attend, the following events: 
  • The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants – Monday, 19th September
  • The ‘Third Committee’ (of the 71st UN General Assembly, which looks at social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues) (the delegates will speak at this).
  • A host of side events
You can follow the UN Youth Delegates for Ireland via Twitter:
Samantha:      @samanthaobor
Colm:              @colmorourke1
More information on UNGA click here.
For more information on how to follow what is taking place at the UN, check here.

This year the National Youth Council of Ireland is also taking part in the following schemes.

One World Week 2016 takes place from November 12th – 20th 2016. The focus will be on Migration. The YOUth Summit will take place in Blackhall Place, Dublin on Thursday, November 17th. More information to follow.


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Published September 21st, 2016
Last updated October 12th, 2016
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