Waterford man (26) New York-bound after landing place on Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly

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A County Waterford man has been selected to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this autumn.

Dungarvan's Jamie Moore (26) and Dublin's Aisling O’Boyle (22) were officially announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney TD at a special event held in Iveagh House, Dublin, last Friday evening on the occasion of the visit of UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed.

At the UN, the delegates 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.

Jamie attended Meánscoil San Nioclás in An Rinn, is a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology and currently works co-ordinating the Fingal Public Participation Network (PPN) in Fingal County Council. Jamie sits on the National PPN Advisory Group and the National Community Day Working Group in the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Jamie has been passionate about youth participation and citizen empowerment from a young age and believes that participatory democracy needs to be strengthened across all Government structures. Jamie’s work in empowering communities to participate in local and regional decision making structures is demonstrable throughout his personal and professional life and in particular through his work with Comhairlí na nÓg and PPNs. This has involved working on a wide range of issues such as mental health, the environment, poverty, housing, strategic infrastructure and the UN sustainable development goals.

Jamie believes the eradication of poverty and inequalities can be achieved through lifelong learning and the focused empowerment of young people. This is fundamental in creating an equitable society for young people and young families. Jamie also believes in the need to build strong and trustworthy institutions with the upmost integrity, particularly in the provision and delivery of public services and peacekeeping.

Jamie has previously participated in activities such as the EU Comenius Programme, EIL Ireland Hong Kong Youth Exchange, Dáil na nÓg, Scouting Ireland and his local School Completion Programme. Jamie is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program and sits on the board of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre. Jamie's voluntary and professional work has been acknowledged through a Gold Gaisce Award, All Island Pride of Place Award and Excellence in Local Government Award.

Jamie and Aisling will be engaging in extensive consultation throughout the year. Those holding youth events in Ireland can contactunyouth@nyci.ie to invite the Irish UN youth delegates to attend. The delegates will also address a Youth Summit as part of One World Week organised by the NYCI on November 21.