Call for Applications

United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2018/2019 ( Become a Youth Delegate to the 73rd UN General Assembly)

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Application Deadline: 8th June, 5 pm.

The National Youth Council of Ireland, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are delighted to announce the call for applications for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2018 – 2019 which will support two young people to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York in September/October 2018 and January/March 2019.

The aims of United Nations Youth Delegate Programme Ireland are:

  • To directly involve young people from Ireland in the international development policy and decision-making agenda;
  • To hear and include the voice of young people on development and global citizenship issues at local, national, and international levels;
  • To promote development and youth policies among young people in Ireland;
  • To familiarise young people in Ireland with global development issues and opportunities for involvement they have in this regard;
  • To support global citizenship activities and development initiatives in Ireland.

This Programme will support young people to be agents of change, where they are empowered to be active global citizens contributing to building a world of justice, equity, and dignity.


Applicants should be:

  • Between the ages of 18 – 25 years (on June 8th 2018)
  • Committed to giving significant time to this Programme
  • Committed to organising consultations and events with young people/others in Ireland (and possibly New York) and sharing their experiences with others, through social media including videos, and should have experience organising events
  • Interested in policy making and writing, capable of digesting lots of information and quickly turning around policy papers/speeches
  • Committed to using blog/video/social media posts and writing articles to inform others
  • Experienced public speakers
  • Available for interview Friday, June 22nd 2018.
  • Able to travel to Brussels June 29th – July 1st 2018
  • Able to travel to New York for up to a month September/October 2018, January/March 2019 (TBC) and July 2019 (TBC)
  • Curious about the world. Interested in diplomacy, public engagement, development education and global citizenship education, and youth issues
  • Passionate about solving today’s most pressing problems and working to engage young people in this important agenda
  • Resident of Ireland

Skill and qualification requirements:

  • Policy making experience
  • Event organising experience
  • Knowledge of international current affairs
  • Knowledge of World Programme of Action for Youth
  • Knowledge of Development Policies in Ireland and at UN level
  • Knowledge of Development Education
  • Experience in negotiating
  • Excellent report writing, communication, organisational, and interpersonal skills
  • Culturally competent
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others – senior NGO reps, young people, youth organisations, DFAT, NYCI, etc
  • Fluency in another language would be helpful but not required
  • Be a self-starter.

What you must commit to if you are chosen as a UN Youth Delegate:

  • Attend four intergovernmental conferences: United Nations General Assembly (September/October 2018 TBC), the ECOSOC meeting (January/February 2019 TBC), the Commission for the Status of Women (March 2019 TBC), and the HLPF July 2019 (TBC)
  • Participate in training at EU level in June/July 2018
  • Regular reporting to NYCI on activities, actions, and consultations
  • Follow up on the actions from the ‘Generation for Change’ Report produced by previous UN Youth Delegates – a report on the views of young people in Ireland – their opinions and recommendations regarding their role as active global citizens
  • Consultation/visits/participation in events with young people, youth organisations, educational institutions and NGOs in Ireland to increase awareness among young people in Ireland on global issues and promote UN values;
  • Regular participation in UN Youth Delegate support meetings (NYCI/European Youth Forum/DFAT)
  • Meet with DFAT/NYCI/Irish Mission in New York
  • Organise events in New York and Ireland (TBC)
  • Work with Irish Mission in New York on policy issues, planning meetings, networking and supporting the team (as appropriate)
  • Work with UN Youth Delegates from other countries (European/Global) on policy issues, planning meetings, and networking
  • Complete a report on return from the UN
  • Complete a report when term of office is complete
  • Workshops/Consultations/Meetings with young people and organisations around Ireland on the topic of sustainable development/Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland and the world with a special emphasis on Youth, Peace and Security
  • Publication of blogs/videos/articles on specific topics regarding youth issues at a local and global level
  • Hand over meeting with future delegates
  • PR and social media (as negotiated with DFAT/NYCI) throughout your term of office and particularly using social media/blogs/photos/video when in New York.

Submitting Application:

All information must be in one word document or PDF and submitted via email to:  by 5pm on June 8th 2018.

The title of the email (subject) should read: “UN Youth Delegate Application 2018” and include your name.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2018/2019

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