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they're taking climate action.
A big thank you also to CASA charity shop on Capel Street for providing the clothing for our SDG photobooth, which allowed attendees to dress up as their
favourite SDGs! See the photo gallery here.
We've had three action-packed weeks, travelling around Ireland to see all of the environmental action projects that were submitted for
the Young Envrionmentalist Awards 2019.
Get the full run-down from all seven regional events at our dedicated #YEA19 website.
On the week of April 7th 2019, five ECO-UNESCO youth delegates from the Youth for Sustainable Development Programme
got the chance to travel to NYC to act as Irish Youth Delegates at the United Nations. Get the full story here.
When not having their voices heard on very important issues, the young people had fun exploring!
Check out the photo gallery below.
Five ECO-UNESCO youth participants will be attending the United Nations Economic and Social Forum in New York on the 8th and 9th April.
The young people, aged between 16 and 18 years of age, are all involved in ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development programme,
a peer education initiative that builds awareness and capacity in young people around the sustainable development goals and have ongoing involvement
in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and environmental activism at both a local and global level.
The young delegates will present a report, ‘SDGs Through the Lens of a Child’, a joint report by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs
and the UCD Geary Institute, at the event. The Report was launched by Minister Zappone on Monday 25th March where she formally presented it to the Irish young people.
The young people will be highlighting the range of issues in the sustainable development goals including climate action, child poverty, youth empowerment and youth participation.
The young people are seeking for youth voices to be recognised in policy making and to have their say on the fulfilment the Sustainable Development Goals.
Muireann Spillane (17), one of the delegates spoke at the launch of the report on March 25th. Spillane also emphasised the importance of young people
working in partnership with governmental policy. She stated:
“Youth organizations, in partnerships, need to be not just consulted, but be part of the decision-making process
from the beginning to the end of our transition to a world free of poverty and environmental degradation.”
ECO-UNESCO’s National Director Elaine Nevin stated:
“ECO-UNESCO encourages young people to be active citizens and this is an amazing opportunity for our young participants to contribute
their voices towards the attainment of the sustainable development goals. It is vital that young people continue to have their say on their own
future and we hope to continue to be able to offer opportunities such as this through our organization.”
Speaking on the opportunity, Professor Walsh UCD Geary Institute and Senior Advisor to the UN SDSN. said:
“Youth voices are a formal part of UN meeting and Ireland needs to consider how to incorporate youth voices into our institutions.”
The delegation will spend two days at the forum where they will be addressed by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations and
Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, amongst others.
Attendance the ECOSOC Youth Forum is a collaboration between ECO-UNESCO and UCD Geary Institute supported by the
Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Irish Environmental Network.
ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards 2019 semi-final ECO-Dens have started in Dublin.
Keep up to date with all the action at our dedicated #YEA19 website. Just click here.
ECO-UNESCO were delighted to be invited to take part in European Youth Week at the European Parliament on April 29th & 30th.
We need your help with our interactive stall!
We're running a photo booth at the above events, where participants have to dress up as the
UN's Sustainable Development Goals, learn more about them here.
As such, we would like to salvage costumes in the most sustainable way possible, and we're hoping
to borrow items of clothing.
We're looking for items both men and women can wear in the following colours,
they also need to be loose fitting so participants can simply pull them over their own clothing: