Lauren se­lected as UN Youth Del­e­gate

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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.

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