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Interested in sustainability and working with young people?


ECO-UNESCO are seeking volunteers for our after school ‘Youth for Sustainable Development Programme’ in the following locations:


The Youth for Sustainable Development programme (YSD) is aimed at 15-18 year olds and consists of an initial structured 12 week workshop series where participants can explore:

  • Sustainable development
  • Global issues
  • The environment
  • How they can take action for change


We’re looking for volunteers to assist in running the programme that are:

  • Passionate about the environment
  • Interested in working with young people
  • Ages 18+


Check out the full volunteer spec here.


Sound interesting? Get in touch to learn more at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (01) 662 5491.


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We are delighted to present ECO-UNESCO’s 2018-2019 Learning 2 Change programme, where your school can avail of a number of fun and engaging workshops to motivate your students to engage with environmental and development issues.

Please see flyer below for more details.


Workshops run from September-May and are available on a first come first served basis. To make an enquiry or to book, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development (YSD) Programme engages young people in a fun, interactive way in learning about environmental, sustainability and global issues. The programmeis run through a flexible, needs-driven training process which includes workshops, facilitation practice, and an action project.


The YSD programme has been successfully running as anafter-school programme for 11 years in Dublin and in 2017 four new regional clubs were rolled out.


The programme complements many Government strategies including the DES National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development, DCCAE ‘Our Sustainable Future’ and the Envrionmental Protection Agency's own strategy, among others.


View the report that ECO-UNESCO compiled for the Environmental Protection Agency here.

Thursday, 26 July 2018 12:18

ECO-UNESCO E-Magazine: July 2018

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Check out the July issue of our monthly E-Magazine.


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Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:43

Share your YEA Story

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Have you taken part in the Young Environmentalist Awards?


2019 marks the 20th anniversary of our YEA awards programme, and we'd like to share the stories of those who participated over the years.


Want to contribute your own YEA story? Get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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