Waterford man gives powerful speech at United Nations General Assembly in New York

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Waterford’s Jamie Moore addressed the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

The Dungarvan man along with Dublin's Aisling O’Boyle (22) travelled to New York as Ireland’s United Nations Youth Delegates.

In the context of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit and the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Peace Agreement in Ireland, their speeches highlighted:

  • Achieving full gender equality by 2030 (requires comprehensive legislative and societal changes that recognise the specific needs of girls and young women).
  • The threat of climate change particularly impacts young people.
  • Unacceptable numbers of young people not in education, employment or training.
  • Young people make up 25% of the world’s population today but they make up 100% of the future.

26-year-old Jamie told the Third Committee that many people across the world have yet to fully realise an adequate standard of living, health, housing and social security. Jamie said "unacceptable numbers of young people are not in education, employment or training. This is not by choice".

Check out Jamie's full speech in the video below.