Youth are the Agents of Change


Relevant Tags: youth challenging the crisis united nations ban ki-moon

“Youth are the agents of change” was the main message of Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations Youth delegate programme (UNYDP) launch at Iveagh House/Department of Foreign Affairs on the 26th Of May 2015. While the main focus of the event was the new UNYDP for Ireland, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were also discussed focusing on the substantial role that young people will play in the future success of these goals over the next 15 years. Along with the UNYDP launch Ireland will also play an important role in chairing negotiations of the SDGs along with Kenya at the UN in New York, adding to the poignancy of the event.

Minister for development and Trade, Sean Sherlock was in attendance and touched on both the global challenges faced by young people and the importance of the UNYDP, like Ban Ki-moon he also expressed the importance of youth and their connection with the wider world. Ban Ki-moon, being so passionate about youth issues, has made it one of his top 5 priorities, even enlisting a special envoy on youth. He is aware of how youth have been disproportionally effected by the economic downturn in terms of both youth unemployment and violence. He is aware of Ireland’s great contribution to in helping the world become a more equal and sustainable place focusing on the recently passed Marriage equality referendum and the presidential age referendum. Expressing delight and disappointment at the results. While the SDGs were the main topic of the event youth issues were highlighted throughout. “Promise not peril” was stressed as it is promised that youth unemployment will be tackled with decent jobs and opportunities being of the utmost importance. A similar message to that of the Young Global Advocates at Challenging the Crisis.

Evanna Lynch and Donnacha O’Callaghan were also representing UNICEF Ireland as Ambassadors sharing their experiences, speaking of the vast inequalities and the great injustices that they have witnessed during their travels. Highlighting how similar children are and that young people around the world have the same dreams no matter where they are from.

Rebecca Amet is a Young Global advocate with Challenging the Crisis. Rebecca attended the event on behalf of Challenging the Crisis Ireland.

Similarly Tagged Articles


blog latest


Combating Islamaphobia: 11 May, 2017


WorldWise Global Schools Conference: Meaningful Action: Croke Park, April 2017


Development Education: where we’ve been; where we need to go: This blog was written by Colm Regan to stimulate discussion at an IDEA Conversation Circle in Dublin, 04 May 2016


Learning about the ‘Co’ in Ecovillage!:


Youth are the Agents of Change: Rebecca Amet,Young Global advocate with Challenging the Crisis, on the UN Youth Delegate Programme Launch


Closing Time on the “Double Irish”: Opinion piece on the OECD's recent announcement about global tax regulation


The Challenge of Learning for a Post-Carbon Future: David Hicks, freelance educator and visiting Professor at Bath Spa University addresses this question in the guest blog below. articles and teaching resources.


What to Learn NOW: How to Make Schools more caring, inclusive places: Dr Gerry Jeffers, lecturer in the education department in NUI Maynooth responds to our question: what should we be learning now to create the future we want?


Together We Stand; Together We Learn: Last weekend, Joe Costello TD revealed in an interview with the Sunday Business Post that Ireland will not meet its 0.7% of GNP target


Citizens of the World? Building global justice perspectives in challenging times: The 2013 IDEA Annual Conference focused on the theme of “Global Citizenship” and considered how we can harness the energy of new social movements.


Development Education - Responding to the Global Crisis?: The DEEEP Seminar “Development Education: Responding to the Crisis?” took place in Dublin bringing together over 100 development education practitioners

members' activities


Centre for Global Learning: Global Learning Training for Schools: The latest round of GLP training will take place in November


LYCS: FoodWise Workshop: 10.00am – 5.00pm, Monday 20 November.


Children in Crossfire: Active Citizenship Training: Friday, 17 November, 10.00am-4.00pm, Letterkenny Public Service Centre


Children in Crossfire: Educating the Heart Residential Course: 25-26 October, Emmaus Centre, Swords, Dublin


Trócaire: Working with Youth Groups: Free workshops or 4-6 week projects


LYCS: GLOBALISATION AND INEQUALITY Workshop: Thursday, 16 November 10am-4pm, Carmelite Community Centre, Dublin


WOWC: Social Saturday: Saturday, 23 September, 12.00 - 5.00pm


#LASCWeds talk: Another Brick in “The Wall”: The United States in Central America from Truman to Trump


Trócaire: Action for a Just World: Trócaire Seeks Youth Groups to take part in Action for a Just World


DICE Project and Irish Aid: Consultant: Deadline for application is 15 September


LASC: Education Coordinator and Office Manager: Deadline for application is Monday, 04 September


CIT Crawford College of Art and Design: Creativity & Change Programme: Level 9 CIT Special Purpose Award offered over 8 weekends, Sept. - May


Suas: Facilitators for the Irish Aid Centre: Deadline for application 25 July


Development Perspectives: #SDGchallenge Goal 16 Workshop: 01 August, University College Cork


Global Centre for Education: Policy and Practice: Call for Contributors


Centre for Global Education: New Report: Report on Psycho-Social and Educational Support Programme delivered in the Gaza Strip


ActionAid: FGM Documentary Premiere: Sunday, 25 June, 4:00pm, Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Centre for Global Education: Education toward Social Change: Wednesday, 14 June, The Senate Room, Queen’s University Belfast, 1.00pm – 4.00pm


LYCS: Globalisation & Inequality Workshop: 27 June, 10:00am-4:00pm, Dublin City Centre


Cultivate: Art of Facilitation Course: 10am - 5pm, Tuesday 23 May, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary.