Irish youth applauded by UN chief for role in global affairs

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the Tipperary International Peace Award ceremony in Tipperary, Ireland. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The young people of Ireland have been thanked by the United Nations Secretary-General for what he called their "wonderful global citizenry".

Ban Ki-moon spoke in the Irish capital, Dublin on Tuesday as he concluded his visit to the country.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The UN Secretary-General participated in an event for the launch of Ireland's UN Youth Delegate Programme.

He congratulated Ireland for approving marriage equality in last Friday's referendum.

Mr Ban said the voices of young people played a big part in the success of the referendum.

He added that by establishing the UN Youth Delegate Programme in Ireland, the country's authorities are showing the importance they place on incorporating the voice of Irish youth into decision-making.

The Secretary-General said he looked forward to welcoming the first Irish youth delegates to New York in the coming months.

He said the power of young people all over the world is needed for peace, development and human rights.

Cathrine Hasselberg ,United Nations.

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