11th September 2015

Young Ben Hoare Bell lawyer Ronagh Craddock has been selected as one of two official UK Youth Delegates to represent the interests of young people at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Later this month, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to set global goals for the future of people and planet. These goals are particularly unique because they bring climate, the environment, poverty and inequality for the first time, which is why they are called the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ronagh was one of 17 young people selected to be part of a UK Youth Panel to plan for this moment back in February 2015. Since then, the youth panel have been taking action to raise awareness of these issues and what young people can do about them. With the help of Restless Development, they have also been planning a Youth Summit which now has the backing of the UK Government. Set to take place on 12th September 2015 at the Department for International Development, this Youth Summit will bring together hundreds of young people from across the UK, with some flying in from different continents. There will also be representatives from government, politics, business and the development sector, all gathered to listen to the voice of youth.

Ronagh will be co-hosting the event, which will also be live-streamed to the rest of the world to make it accessible to as many young people as possible. She will then be taking the feedback and comments from the young people at the Summit and feeding this in to the UN which she will attend as part of the UK Government delegation, including her fellow Youth Delegate Arifa Nasim and the Secretary of State for International Development.

Ronagh had this to say about her role:

“Young people make up 60% of the world’s population and so it’s vital that we are involved in the development process if it to be representative. What’s been brilliant about the process of creating these Global Goals is that it has been inclusive – it has involved surveys of millions of young people rather than being the decision of just a privileged few. The task now is to make sure that youth involvement doesn’t end here. We must also be involved in the implementation and monitoring of these goals to ensure that they are a success. That’s the role I will be playing at the UN, to push for as much meaningful involvement as possible.”

Ronagh is very passionate about these issues having volunteered overseas in Zimbabwe and India, and she actively campaigns for ambitious action on climate change as part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition.

Cris McCurley, Partner at Ben Hoare Bell says:

“We are very proud of Ronagh’s involvement in the Youth Delegation. This is an excellent opportunity for her to experience the UN first hand. It is great to see her working with such passion on these critical issues.”