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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00


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ECO UNESCO Office Manager


Are you energetic, enthusiastic and motivated? Are you passionate about the environment and working with young people? If the answers are yes then maybe a job with ECO-UNESCO is the one for you!


ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations. Through the provision of a wide range of environmental programmes and services, ECO-UNESCO seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues and to promote the personal development of young people through practical environmental projects. ECO-UNESCO works with over 10,000 young people annually all across Ireland and delivers a wide range of youth, education and training programmes. ECO-UNESCO seeks applications from energetic, enthusiastic and motivated people with passion and drive who enjoy the challenge of working in a growing environmental youth organisation.

ECO-UNESCO seeks to employ an Office Manager & Personal Assistant to assist the organisations development and growth.


View the job description here.



 On June 20th, ECO-UNESCO's National Director Elaine Nevin took part in a panel discussion on  'Empowering Communities for Climate Action' as part of Project Ireland 2040.

The panel, held in Smock Alley Theatre, was hosted by Minister Denis Naughten, Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment and attended by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Ministers Paschal Donohue, Michael Creed and Shane Ross .

The event launched 'Investing in the Transition to a Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Society 2018 - 2027' and aimed to promote how the Government is committed to charting a course towards achieving a low carbon and climate resilient future by 2050. 

You can watch the discussion in full by clicking here.

UN Political Forum

The UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018 will bring countries from all over the world together to review progress on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.


Taking place in New York from July 9th-18th, part of Irelands official delegation to the HLPF comes from Irish Civil Society Organisaitions through Coalition 2030:

  • ECO-UNESCO along with the Irish Environmental Network
  • Dochas
  • The National Youth Council of Ireland
  • and other civil society organisations


The Irish Government will be presenting its Voluntary National Review at the HLPF. Coalition 2030 have also produced a shadow report for the meeting, which highlights the importance of Ireland taking the following approaches to tackling the Sustainable Developments Goals:

  • A 'whole of society' holistic approach
  • A 'whole of government' approach
  • Appropriate investment with strong education
  • Awareness and public engagement


In particular, ECO-UNESCO will be promoting the importance of education, awareness, youth engagement and the youth voice in working towards the goals.  We will be placing particular importance on further government support of NGO's  which have been promoting the SDG's for many years.  such as  ECO-UNESCO's 'Youth for Sustainable Development' and 'Young Environmentalist Award' programmes.  

ECO-UNESCO were delighted to take part in the first #climatedialogueIRL on Saturday, June 23rd.

This gathering, which was opened by Minister Denis Naughten, took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone and was the first in a series of events that aim to start a conversation on how Ireland is going to tackle climate change moving forward

Young people from our YSD and YEA programmes attended to give their much needed opinions and advice, and we also had the opportunity to share information on our programmes alongside other organisations such as Change-X, The Environmental Protection Agency, and the Climate Ambassador Programme. See the tweets from the day here.

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Monday, 02 July 2018 00:00

ECO-UNESCO's Teen Camp 2018

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Our annual teen camp took place from June 18th-22nd.

The young people who took part had the opportunity to visit  places such as Bull Island, Barnaslingan Woords, and Bray's coastline, all while learning more about the natural environment and most importantly - having fun!

The ECO-UNESCO teen Summer Camps are a great way for participants to meet new people, improve their self esteem and take in some fresh air. Learn more about them here.

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There were scenes of celebration in Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre yesterday as it was announced that participants from ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development Programme had won not just the Irish EcoStep Design Competition, but the Overall International Competition too.


The growing uptake and interest in environmental initiatives such as the ‘Bike to Work Scheme’ has been incredibly positive for Dublin, but one downside has been an increase in tyre waste and a lack of options for repurposing tyres here in the city.


The young designers from ECO-UNESCO recognised this issue and in response, began to work on creating a public bench made from used tyres that were destined for the scrap heap. The result was a bench that sits two people comfortably and is constructed from just two materials; plastic lumber for the frame and recycled bicycle tyres for the seat.


Commenting on the win, ECO-UNESCO’s National Director Elaine Nevin had the following to say:

‘’We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our young people from our Youth for Sustainable Development programme - they have put a huge amount of work into the project and this is a testament to the creativity and innovation of young people in coming up with environmental solutions.” 


The EcoStep initiative is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus + Programme. Its purpose is to raise awareness for and find solutions to the social and environmental problems that are currently facing Europe’s young people.


The winning group will now get to take part in an all-expenses paid trip to the EU Parliament courtesy of Lynn Boylan, MEP. During their visit, they’ll have the opportunity to meet with other NGO groups to discuss environmental issues and debate potential solutions.


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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

Youth Summit 2017-2018, Final Celebration Day

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The final event of ECO-UNESCO's 'Youth for the Future' Summit 2017-2018 took place on Monday, May 28th at the Carmelite Centre on Aungier Street, bringing together young people from Ireland, Italy and Armenia. See the full set of photos here.

Green Party Councillor Ciaran Cuffe gave an inspiring key note speech to start the day off, and youth participants presented the projects that they had been working on to a panel of esteemed judges such as Sabrina Dekker (Climate Change Policy Analyst), Patrick Paul Walsh (UCD & UN SSDN) and Niall Sargent (IEN). 

We were also delighted to be joined by Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan, who joined us to give some constructive feedback on participants projects.

Thank you to all of the youth groups who took part in this programme:

  • ECO-UNESCO, Dublin
  • Leave No Trace, Westport
  • Bailieborough community School, Cavan
  • Liceo Classico Statale Tito Livio, Italy
  • Federation of Youth Clubs, Armenia

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ECO-UNESCO’s EPV-Accredited Training 

Junior ECO-Watchers Primary Teacher Training  
2 - 6 July 2018 | 5th & 6th Class Primary Geography Curriculum

When:  2nd − 6th July, 10:00am - 3:00pm daily
Where:  ECO-UNESCO, 9 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2
Cost:  €90

For more information or to book contact us at:
(01) 662 5491
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Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

NEW OPPORTUNITY: Design Internship

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Are you a creative person that also happens to be passionate about conserving the environment?


ECO-UNESCO are currently seeking a design intern to work on a number of new and exciting upcoming projects.


For full details on the role and how to apply, see the full role description here.



Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:00

NEW OPPORTUNITY: YEA Programme Coordinator

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ECO-UNESCO seeks to employ a Programme Coordinator (f/t) to oversee the running of our Young Environmentalist Awards programme. 


The Role:

This is a position of responsibility within ECO-UNESCO.  As Programme Coordinator you will manage the running and delivery of our Young Environmentalist Awards programme and manage engagement with members, participants, the general public and the media.

This is a great opportunity to join an organisation that is making a real difference to the lives of young people and the environment.  If you have a passion for youth development, are enthusiastic, motivated with project management and event skills then we would love to hear from you. 


Closing Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 5pm


Interviews are provisionally planned for week beginning 2 July 2018.


Commencement date for this position is provisionally Monday 13 August 2018.


Download the application form here.