Some big decisions will be made this year.
Since the early 1980s, the European Union has been designating thematic European Years, to highlight specific issues of relevance. And this is the first time that the EU has dedicated an EU Year to an “external action” area. It has done so, because 2015 is a pivotal year for the future of humanity.
During the year, two United Nations summit meetings will effectively define the parameters for international policy making:
In September, the UN will agree new goals – a new “Sustainable Development Framework” – to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental destruction
In December, the Climate Change summit in Paris will set new climate action targets, to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
These summits will have binding consequences for Ireland’s own development in a number of policy areas, including energy, transport, agriculture and environment. We believe, therefore, that people in Ireland should be aware of the importance of these summits and that everyone should have a say in what “Sustainable Development” means, and what we can achieve for our world, our dignity, our future.
Here is a list of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals: