Pippa ‘nervous but honoured’ to address United Nations

Girlguiding member Pippa Gardner, from Thrapston, spoke at the UN
Girlguiding member Pippa Gardner, from Thrapston, spoke at the UN

A Girlguiding member from Thrapston has said she was honoured to have been chosen to deliver a speech to delegates at a UN conference.

Pippa Gardner, 23, who volunteers at a number of units in Thrapston, called on world leaders to involve young people in decision-making during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York City earlier this month.

Pippa, who led an all-girl delegation from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) at the conference, gave her speech during the UN’s forum on sustainable development on Tuesday, September 24.

She said: “I was honoured to be selected to speak at this momentous event.

“There are countless active young people taking part in this UN process and so I didn’t think I had a chance of being selected.

“I was a little nervous in the run up to giving the speech, but I feel it went really well from all the positive feedback I’ve received.

“I think I succeeded in waking up the room and making them listen to the ideas of youth towards the latter stages of a very long agenda.”

The collaboratively written speech called for more opportunities for young people to engage in the decision-making process and in return pledged to work with governments and other stakeholders to deliver the development agenda.

Pippa has already represented WAGGGS at a UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil.

She is now back in Thrapston and on the lookout for volunteers to help out at her local Rainbow group.