Youth for Sustainable Development News

Youth For Sustainable Development Group attending the International Conference of Youth (COY12)

November 2016


A group of young people from the Youth for Sustainable Development programme have arrived in Morocco to join hundreds of youth delegates from all across the globe to take part in the International Conference of Youth (COY12).


COY12 is an international youth conference for young people who are passionate about addressing climate change, and take place in advance of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Morocco. The COY will be held in Marrakech from 4th-6th November, right before World Leaders meet to discuss climate change at COP22.


ECO-UNESCO is being represented at the conference by Alex Antochi (16), Leon Gill (18), Liam Hanley (16), Kyle Al Kaadiri (16), Aoibhinn Nevin Ginnetty (16), and Oilean Stritch (16). The young people, who are from Dublin, will also be delivering two workshops on 'Education for Sustainable Development from an Irish Perspective' and 'The Environmental Impact of Fashion' on the 5th of November, the latter being a Finalist project in the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2016.


Commenting on this exciting opportunity one of the delegates said:

"It is important that young people have the chance to voice their concerns about decision that will impact our future. We are looking forward to meeting like-minded youths from other countries and learning about their views on climate change."


The young people's attendance, along with three ECO-UNESCO youth leaders, at COY12 is being supported by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Irish Environmental Network.


 July 2015



Over 20 young people from our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders for Change Peer Education programme (Y-PEPS) took part in Stop Climate Chaos’ photo opportunity on Sandymount strand to raise awareness about the upcoming Climate Change Bill currently going through the Oireachtas. Along with the Heads in the Sand stunt the young people also engaged with the general public on the impacts of sea level raising due to Climate Change. The young people are urging others to take action now to mitigate against Climate Change rather than focusing all our attention on adaptation.

“For youth our most valuable resource is our future”


QactpQsThis quote was taken from one of our Y-PEPs Amy Colgan when she was presenting at the Climate Justice Conference hosted by Trócaire in Maynooth. Amy has been a member of our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global youth leaders for Change Peer Education programme (Y-PEPS) for the last year and a half and is very passionate about educating others about the importance of protecting and conserving our environment. Amy was speaking about the need for people to take action now to combat Climate Change and secure a future for all on the planet. Amy’s talk was tweeted about by numerous people who were at the event and were very impressed by her enthusiasm. Well done Amy!!! 








June 2015


YLsHxVECongratulations to our Young Environmentalist Award winners from our YSD group!
Four groups from our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders for Change Peer Education programme (Y-PEPS) were awarded for their local action projects at this year’s Young Environmentalist Awards Ceremony in the Mansion House on May 13th. The variety of projects and work undertaken by the Y-PEPS was reflected in the various awards achieved, including the Local to Global Award for celebrating World Water Day, the senior Biodiversity award for their work on the importance of bees and pollinators, senior Climate Change Award where they explored the connections between human activity, deforestation and climate change to finally Senior Transport where they looked at alternative transport options for young people.


H8VCrPdREHAB Stillorgan are rewarded for their work on Sustainability!
This year REHAB Stillorgan received their bronze Award in ECO-UNESCO’s ECO Sustainability Awards programme. The ECO Sustainability Award is about developing and promoting the skills, attitudes and behaviour that both adults and young people need to create more sustainable organisations. Sustainability is not just about ‘being Green’ it is also about social equity, inclusion and justice – in all dimensions of our lives.




2xfVgQfYSD programme preparing for COP21
This summer sees the young people from the Youth for Sustainable Development; Global youth leaders for Change Peer Education Programme (Y-PEPS) undertaking a series of activities  to raise awareness about Climate change and COP21 which will be happening this December in Paris. The Y-PEPS are undertaking a series of workshops at our Summer location in C2 The Complex located beside the Phoenix Park. They will explore more about how our actions here in the Global North are contributing to climate change, what actions can be taken and also raise awareness about COP21, other activities will include a mock COP21 where the young people themselves will be given the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues and they will join in with Stop Climate Chaos’ campaign on July 4th!



April/March 2015




IMG_2919Youth for Sustainable Development


It has been a busy month for the youth for sustainable development crew. The weeks and months have been flying in!


The young people have managed to complete five varying projects for the Young Environmentalist Award. They have cycled to Howth to raise awareness about the issue of accessing Dublin bikes for young people, they made a film and set up a Facebook group to raise awareness of the impact of deforestation not just for human beings but for the planet!






This month also included World Water Day. The group organised and facilitated a full day workshop focusing on the UN theme of world water day which was water and sustainable development. It was a success and has spurred the group onto wanting to do more workshops. 

There are 27 young people who are taking part in a FETAC accredited course on Peer Education. The course is near completion and participants will be awarded their FETAC soon!




February 2015



IMG_2919Welcome to our new Y-PEPS!

27 young people from all across Dublin joined Our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders programme (Y-PEPS) They are entering the first phase of the programme where they are undertaking a twelve week course on Sustainable Development and environmental issues, which will then be followed by them undertaking a local action project of their choice. Hopefully, they will then go on to become peer educators with ECO-UNESCO. We are really excited about working with this great bunch of young people. To find out more about our Y-PEPS and what they are up to click on

uSLdF1HYoung People attend roundtable in Dublin Castle
ECO-UNESCO’s young people from Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders programme (Y-PEPS) participated in NYCI’s roundtable event on the 10thFebruary in Dublin Castle entitled 'Youth and Beyond 2015.’ Giving young people and others in the youth sector the opportunity to input on the New Sustainable Development Goals which will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they finish in 2015.  One of our Y-PEPS Amy Colgan, presented on the work we do here in ECO-UNESCO in relation to our YSD and Young Environmentalist Awards programmes. The young people involved fed back on which goal was most important to them, what actions they would like to take and what supports they would need. If you would like to follow our young people and their actions throughout 2015 follow us on

Taking Action on Climate Change 
Some Y-PEPS engaged with politicians in Buswell’s Hotel, on the eve of the Climate Change Bill being discussed in the Dáil. This event was organised by Stop Climate Chaos coalition of which ECO-UNESCO is a member. The young people discussed the bill with the politicians stressing how important it was for politicians to take the issue of Climate Change seriously and ensure appropriate legislation is brought forward.


January 2015


IMG_291937 Y-PEPS receive their Certificates of participation!

On the 17th of December, 37 young people from the Youth for Sustainable Development, Global youth leaders for Change Peer Education programme (Y-PEPS) received their certificates for completing phase one of the peer education programme. This consisted of 12 weeks of workshops and activities which covered various Environmental and Sustainable Development themes raging from climate change, global justice, gender equity, environmental conservation, communication to much more. They are now embarking on the second phase of the programme where they are taking this knowledge and skills and undertaking local to global action projects raising awareness in their communities about sustainability issues. These will be entered into this year’s ECO–UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards programme. The second phase of the programme started Wednesday, 7th of January.

Please check out our short video reviewing all of our activities in the YSD programme.

YSD goes Regional

ECO-UNESCO is delighted to receive funding and support from both Concern Worldwide andTrócaire which will enable our successful Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders for Change Programme to expand to two new regional locations within the next few months. We will be delivering two pilot projects;one in the North-East and the other one in the West.