Lauren selected as UN Youth Delegate
LAUREN Flanagan from Manor Kilbride will be joining Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this autumn.
She will be accompanied by Paul Dockery from Co Leitrim and the pair will work closely with Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN and will have the opportunity to represent the youth of Ireland during sessions of the UN committee dealing with human rights issues.
Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2017/18 were officially announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, TD at an event held in Iveagh House in advance of their departure.
The UN Youth Delegate programme is run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people each year.
Minister Coveney said: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome Lauren and Paul here to Iveagh House and to congratulate them on their selection as Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates.
During their term as UN Youth Delegates, they will have an opportunity to help bring about change and have an impact on decision-making through their advocacy and engagement.
‘The work of Lauren and Paul over the coming year is also important in building awareness of the work of the UN and the role Ireland plays on the global stage. I look forward to engaging with Lauren and Paul in New York during the United Nations General Assembly and in the year ahead.’
Lauren has just returned from New York after completing her LLM in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law.
She is also a law and politics graduate from UCD Sutherland School of Law.
She has worked with the UN on children’s and youth issues. In 2014 she worked with the Children’s Rights Alliance in Dublin, co-authoring ‘Are We There Yet?’ Ireland’s civil society shadow report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Lauren Flanagan of Manor Kilbride is congratulated by Minister Simon Coveney.