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United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

Since 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) have partnered to provide the opportunity for young people in Ireland to participate in the UN Youth Delegate Programme. Each year, two UN Youth Delegates are selected to be part of Ireland’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. The goal of this programme is to support young people to be agents of change through active engagement in the United Nations, and to facilitate greater engagement with youth in Ireland on national and foreign policy issues. 

Applications for this programme open each summer. Please visit the National Youth Council Website for details.

United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates work with young people at home and abroad to bring the issues that matter most to them to national and international attention. UN Youth Delegates work closely with DFA and NYCI staff. In previous years, they have accompanied the Taoiseach and Ministers to events to help ensure that the voices of young people are heard. Some of these events have included:

  • UN General Assembly Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates have addressed the Third Committee at the UN General Assembly in New York on issues affecting young people.
  • UN High Level Political Forum
  • UN Commission on the Status of Women
  • European Youth Forum
  • UN Commission for Social Development
  • ECOSOC Youth Forum

If you would like to learn more and stay up to date with news and information about the UN Youth Delegates’ work, you can follow at them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. More information is also available on the NYCI website. Additionally, those holding youth events in Ireland can contact unyouth@nyci.ie to invite the UN Youth Delegates to attend. 

Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates 2021-22

Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2021-22 are Treasa Cadogan and Diandra Ní Bhuachalla. They were selected by NYCI via a public competition.

Treasa Cadogan, from Cape Clear, Co. Cork, is a fellow with One Young World. She has a degree in International Development & Food Policy from UCC, where she co-founded the UCC Fighting World Hunger group. In 2020, Treasa was awarded the Climate Ambassador Outstanding Achievement Award. She is passionate about creating sustainable, meaningful youth engagement. She has spoken at Rural Youth Project, GirlsUp India, and European Commission events on youth engagement, and hosted UN Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogues. 

Diandra Ní Bhuachalla, from Ovens, Co. Cork, is an MSc International Public Policy & Diplomacy student at UCC. She also holds LLB and BSc Government degrees from UCC. As a Thomas Whalen Scholar, she interned for Assembly member Deborah Glick in the New York State Assembly in the US in 2018. Diandra has held various representative roles in UCC, and was the recipient of the Employability Star Award in 2020. She is currently the Director of HR & Talent for the Irish Student Consulting Group, a Legal Researcher with Irish Legal Information Initiative and a Washington Ireland Programme Forum Fellow.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs met Ireland’s Youth Delegates on 21 October 2021. Read the press release here.