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UN delegate Orla wants others to follow her lead

June 8th, 2016 5:05 PM

By Southern Star Team

Orla Murphy from Upton with fellow UN Youth Delegate Eoin O'Liatháin from Dublin, right, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan.

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A UNITED Nations youth delegate from West Cork is encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.

Orla Murphy from Upton is supporting the National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) call for young people aged 18 to 25 to apply to become Ireland’s UN Youth Delegate for 2016-2017. 

The United Nations Youth Delegate Programme, coordinated in Ireland by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will see two young people join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York in September and October 2016 and February 2017.

She is hoping young people from Cork county will apply for this amazing opportunity to represent Ireland at the highest international level, and to work on important issues including immigration and the new Sustainable Development Goals. 

Young people in Ireland have a vital role to play in shaping the Sustainable Development Goals, and they are part of the first generation that can end extreme poverty and fix climate change. They have until June 9th at www.youth.ie/

Speaking at the launch of the programme on his visit to Ireland in 2015, United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said: ‘In establishing this programme, the National Youth Council of Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are showing the importance they place on incorporating the voice of Irish youth into decision-making.’

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