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Ireland's UN Youth Delegates 2018-19

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pleased to announce the selection of the 2018-19 UN Youth Delegates who will represent Ireland in the fourth year of the programme. The UN Youth Delegate programme is organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) with the goal of supporting young people to be agents of change through active engagement in the United Nations. This year, two new Youth Delegates, Aisling O’Boyle and Jamie Moore, have been selected by NYCI via a public competition and will travel to New York to participate in activities during the 73rd General Assembly.

The Youth Delegates will represent the young people of Ireland at the UN Third Committee at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September and October in New York. In addition to this, their role will include direct consultation with youth groups throughout the country and abroad during their year long term of events.

Aisling O’Boyle is from Dundrum, Dublin. She has just completed a BA Honours degree in Political Science and Geography at Trinity College Dublin. Aisling has recently interned with European Movement Ireland and Women for Election.

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UN Youth Delegate Aisling O'Boyle © Phil Behan / DFAT

In March 2018, Aisling represented the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts at the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. She lobbied for the unique needs of girls and young women to be recognised, particularly their rights to education and healthcare, to live a life free from violence, and to be included in decision-making.

Aisling has been a member of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) since the age of six. She volunteers on a local, regional and national level and has run a number of advocacy projects with IGG. She was invited to speak about intergenerational climate justice at the launch of the 2015 White Paper on Renewable Energy following her advocacy about climate change. She received the Dean’s Leadership Award for Volunteering from Trinity in 2017 in recognition of her work with IGG.

While at university, Aisling was the public relations officer for Trinity’s Society for International Affairs, working with many external organisations including embassies and development NGOs. She also held positions in Trinity’s Social and Political Review, the Student’s Union, and the Environmental Society. Aisling was the recipient of the 2017 James Killen Award for Political Science and Geography.

Aisling is passionate about tackling inequalities, addressing climate change, and empowering young people to be politically engaged. She believes that quality education, both formal and non-formal, is key to achieving youth empowerment and to eradicating inequalities. Aisling believes that young people need more meaningful opportunities to participate in decision-making and that the Sustainable Development Goals should be achieved in collaboration with young people.

Jamie Moore is from Dungarvan, County Waterford. Jamie attended Meánscoil San Nioclás in An Rinn, is a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology and currently works co-ordinating the Fingal Public Participation Network (PPN) in Fingal County Council. Jamie sits on the National PPN Advisory Group and the National Community Day Working Group in the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Jamie has been passionate about youth participation and citizen empowerment from a young age and believes that participatory democracy needs to be strengthened across all Government structures. Jamie’s work in empowering communities to participate in local and regional decision making structures is demonstrable throughout his personal and professional life and in particular through his work with Comhairlí na nÓg and PPNs. This has involved working on a wide range of issues such as Mental Health, the Environment, Poverty, Housing, Strategic Infrastructure and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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UN Youth Delegate Jamie Moore © Phil Behan / DFAT

Jamie believes the eradication of poverty and inequalities can be achieved through lifelong learning and the focused empowerment of young people. This is fundamental in creating an equitable society for young people and young families. Jamie also believes in the need to build strong and trustworthy institutions with the upmost integrity, particularly in the provision and delivery of public services and peacekeeping.

Jamie has previously participated in activities such as the EU Comenius Programme, EIL Ireland Hong Kong Youth Exchange, Dáil na nÓg, Scouting Ireland and his local School Completion Programme. Jamie is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program and sits on the board of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre. Jamie's voluntary and professional work has been acknowledged through a Gold Gaisce Award, All Island Pride of Place Award and Excellence in Local Government Award.

If you would like to keep up to date with news and information about the UN Youth Delegates work, you can follow at the DFAT and NYCI Twitter and Facebook accounts or on the NYCI website. 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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