The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD has launched the second ‘Iveagh Scholars’ schools' competition, which gives Transition Year and Year 12 students all over the island of Ireland the opportunity to enter a competition to spend a week in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade next April (2016).
Minister Flanagan launched the Iveagh Scholars schools’ competition at an event at Muckross Park College in Dublin. This year’s theme is Honouring the past, Imagining the future and invites entrants to reflect on the important anniversaries taking place this year and next and show why Ireland’s foreign policy matters to them.
Minister Flanagan stated: “In reality, the everyday business of foreign relations often takes place behind closed doors, in other countries, and often in foreign languages. Few people see what we do, or how we do it. I am passionate about achieving greater public engagement with my Department and with Irish foreign policy – I want to engage young people in particular and the Iveagh Scholars competition and, indeed, the UN60 classroom map, is part of that.”
“The Iveagh Scholars programme is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a first-hand insight into the work of Irish diplomats. Last year’s inaugural programme was a great success and I know this internship programme, which has proven a positive experience for interns and diplomats alike, will continue to grow in popularity.”
“During one week next April the 30 successful applicants will have an insight into our work - this could include experiencing how to handle a consular crisis or negotiate an EU agreement on climate change targets or run a press conference on a major issue or many other challenges that diplomats face on a daily basis.” “Having just returned from Belfast late last night, I am particularly pleased that the Iveagh Scholars competition operates on an all-island basis.”
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UN60 classroom map
Minister Flanagan also unveiled a special UN60 classroom map which will be distributed to every secondary school in Ireland to mark 60 years of Irish membership of the UN.
“From our earliest days at the UN we campaigned against nuclear weapons and Ireland’s leading role was recognised when we were the first country invited to sign the UN’s Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1968.” “Our peacekeeping troops have made a huge contribution to the UN, acknowledged by the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, on his visit to Ireland in May when he launched the UN60 programme of events.”
“This fantastic UN60 classroom map illustrates the major impact that Ireland has had throughout the world in peacekeeping, disarmament and fighting hunger. Through the UN, Ireland continues to make a major contribution to international peace, security and development”.
Minister Flanagan also introduced the first Irish UN Youth Delegates, Eoin Ó Liatháin and Orla Murphy, who will accompany the Minister and his team for part of the UN General Assembly later this month. Eoin and Orla will also be involved in the negotiation of a Youth Delegate Declaration.
Source: Department Foreign Afairs & Trade Press Release
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