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Outside the Box: Amplifying youth voices and views on YPS policy and practice

Evaluating Youth Representation to the United Nations - Reflections and recommendations on the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme

This policy brief provides both reflections and recommendations on the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme, from the perspective of a former UN Youth Delegate for Ireland. While regarded as one of the strongest pathways for youth representation to the UN, the Youth Delegate programme is not without flaws. As with many other avenues, key issues include disparities in regional and cultural representation, a lack of funding and widespread tokenism, and limited institutional acknowledgement. UN Member States, along with UN agencies and bodies, must urgently begin to implement their own commitments in relation to young people, recognising them as compulsory partners and key stakeholders in our collective future, in line with intergenerational equity and solidarity.

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Diandra Ní Bhuachalla
Diandra Ní Bhuachalla is the SDG Campaigns Officer with Coalition 2030 and the Youth Delegate Programme Coordinator with the National Youth Council of Ireland. She has 12 years of experience in advocacy at local, national, and international levels, focusing on climate change, peace & security, and youth inclusion. Diandra is currently the Youth Delegate to COP28 & COP29 of the European Economic and Social Committee, a Future Generations Global Ambassador with the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner in Wales and Foundations for Tomorrow, and a member of UNESCO's SDG4 Youth & Student Network. She is also a former United Nations Youth Delegate for Ireland (2021-2022), an experience which prompted her to write this policy brief. Diandra holds a BSc Government (Hons), an LLB, and an MSc International Public Policy & Diplomacy from University College Cork.
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