Irish NGOs welcome historic announcement of new global agreement to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and address climate change by 2030

25 september 2015

Dóchas

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

Press Release

September 25th 2015

 Irish NGOs welcome historic announcement of new global agreement to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and address climate change by 2030

Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, today welcomes the historic announcement by world leaders of the agreement of a new global compact to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and address climate change. The Post-2015 development agenda, ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, is set to be agreed at a UN Summit in New York today (Friday 25th September 2015).

Speaking from New York, Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas says, ‘Today marks a critical juncture for the world. We are very proud of the key role that Ireland has played in reaching this historic agreement. Ireland’s role as co-facilitator of the negotiations at a UN level, represented by Ambassador David Donoghue, but also crucially, at a civil society and intergovernmental level has helped to achieve this pivotal roadmap for the world.’

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda to be implemented by the year 2030. The goals focus on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership with a commitment to leave no one behind. 

‘The Global Goals will provide a framework for the work of the international development sector into the future and will impact on domestic and international policy making. This universal agreement will affect the lives of people North and South of the equator. It sets a challenge to all countries of the world to work in partnership to eradicate extreme poverty and combat climate change to achieve a more sustainable future for all,’ says Zomer.

Representing Ireland at the summit is President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD. A delegation of Irish NGO representatives from the development sector and two UN Youth Delegates are also attending the summit.

Notes to the Editor:

  • To arrange interviews/for more information contact: Naomi Linehan, Media Officer for Dóchas and The European Year for Development – 0861077079/ 01 4053801 /email: naomi@dochas.ie

  • The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda is being held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit website: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/summit/

  • Those attending with the Dóchas delegation: Hans Zomer, Dóchas; Sharan Kelly, Tearfund and Dóchas Chairperson; Dominic MacSorley, Concern; Oisin Coghlan, Friends of the Earth Ireland; Orla Murphy (NYCI Youth Delegate);  Eoin O’Liaithain (NYCI Youth Delegate); Jim Clarken, Oxfam Ireland; Emer Mullins, Oxfam Ireland; Eamonn Meehan, Trócaire; Lorna Gold, Trócaire; Michelle Hoctor, Trócaire; Isabella Rae, Gorta Self Help Africa.

  • Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations with over 60 members. For more information see: www.dochas.ie