Last week, Dóchas was proud to take part in the official launch of Coalition2030 in the Mansion House in Dublin.
The event was attended by leading civil society and political figures, with Dóchas CEO Suzanne Keatinge and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten TD, addressing the standing room only crowd, which included people such as Martin Fraser, Secretary General in the Department of the Taoiseach, Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan TD and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Seán Crowe TD.
Other speakers at the launch included Sean Healy, Social Justice Ireland, Olive Towey, Concern Worldwide, Oisin Coghlan, Friends of the Earth and Brian Campfield, President of ICTU, who took part in a fascinating panel discussion.
Dóchas CEO, Suzanne Keatinge, with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment launching Coalition2030.
What do you need to know about the Coalition?
Coalition2030 is an alliance of over 100 leading civil society groups working together for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The organisations involved in the Coalition work across many sectors—from children’s rights to environmental sustainability and from humanitarian relief to education—here in Ireland and in over 50 countries across the globe.
Why did we come together?
The SDGs were agreed at the United Nations in September 2015, with 193 countries signing up to 17 goals that aim to transform the world as we know it by 2030. The goals range from topics such as ending poverty and hunger to gender equality, climate action, decent work and quality education. They are a significant departure from the Millennium Development Goals which preceded them, because they are universal—not separating the world into an “us” and a “them.” The SDGs make it clear that development isn’t just something that happens somewhere else. We are all developing countries, and even Ireland has a lot of work to do.
And that is why it’s so important that civil society organisations from across Ireland are coming together to help us to meet our commitments to the SDGs. By working together, and by recognising the interconnected nature of the goals, we can achieve much more, much more effectively.
Dóchas CEO, Suzanne Keatinge, speaking at the launch in the Mansion House, Dublin
Ireland’s role in the SDGs
Ireland has played a key leadership role in the development of the SDGs. The work done by Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN, David Donoghue, when Ireland co-chaired the UN negotiations on the SDGs with Kenya, cannot be overstated. We were crucial to the development of the SDGs and now it is time that we make sure we are crucial to their implementation and success. To do this we need strong political leadership, effective coordination and a ‘whole of Government’ approach.
Coalition2030 has three key asks for the Irish Government:
1. We want an ambitious National Action Plan led by the Department of the Taoiseach—involving all government departments—to steer, implement, monitor and report on the SDGs. This plan must emphasise the interlinked nature of the Goals—making the link, for example, between agriculture and climate change, trade policy and global poverty.
2. We want an inclusive monitoring forum, one in which civil society and in particular those vulnerable groups—both in Ireland and internationally—who stand to gain or lose most from Ireland’s work on the SDGs, are fully represented.
3. We need increased financing for development. The Government must commit the resources required to achieve the SDGs, both at home and internationally. A key indicator of this commitment will be a clear and credible plan to reach the UN target to spent 0.7% of our GNI on overseas development aid (ODA).
A turning point in modern history
The SDGs represent a radical political, economic, environmental and social manifesto for the world up until 2030. It has the potential to be one of the most important turning points in modern history.
This is not about business as usual. It is about working together to transform the world—to end hunger and poverty once and for all and to safeguard the future of our planet. It is about ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs are achievable. They are not pie in the sky dreams of saving the world. They are concrete and they are realistic. And Coalition2030 will work together to ensure that their potential to transform our world is fulfilled.
Dancers from the spoken word group Wave, who performed at the launch
The members of Coalition2030 include
Age Action Ireland; All Together in Dignity (ATD); ChildFund Ireland; CBM Ireland; Centre for Youth Research and Development, Maynooth University; Christian Aid; Comhlámh; Community Work Ireland; Concern Worldwide; Development Perspectives; Disability Federation of Ireland; Dóchas; EcoUnesco; 80:20 Educating & Acting for a Better World; Environmental Pillar; European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN); Future Earth Ireland; Global Action Plan; Gorta Self Help Africa; Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU); Irish Development Education Association; Mercy International Association; Misean Cara; National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI); National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI); Oxfam Ireland; Presentation Sisters (PBVM); Services Industrial Professional Technical Union (SIPTU); Social Justice Ireland; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; SpunOut; The Wheel; Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI); Trocaire; UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies; UNICEF; Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO); and World Vision Ireland.
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If you’d like further information on Coalition2030, or your organisation would like to join the Coalition, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here in Dóchas.
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