Ireland Lights The Way

01 october 2015

Guest Post by Frank Geary, Director of IDEA

Light the Way Ireland 24 September Millennium Bridge Dublin

Last Thursday night in Dublin more than hundred and fifty people came together to #LightTheWay for a better future. We gathered on Dublin’s Millennium Bridge to mark the 15 years that have passed since the MDGs were set, and to remind our politicians, and ourselves, that we have 15 years to achieve the promise of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Campaigners came from all walks of Irish life, called together by a coalition of civil society organisations working in Ireland and overseas. Messages of support were sent from President Michael D. Higgins, who was attending the summit in New York, and Sean Sherlock TD, Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for ODA, Trade Promotion and North South co-operation.

President Higgins said:

“Today’s gathering is an important and inspiring one; an act of global solidarity, a gathering which gives us all confidence and hope that, with the support of engaged citizens around the world we will, in fifteen years time, stand up and declare with one global voice that ‘we have truly transformed the world.”

Here is President Higgins’ full statement.

Over 200,000 people in over 100 countries took to the streets to light the way to a better future for people and planet. Gathering on the eve of the unveiling of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, citizens in all corners of the world from Venezuela to Vietnam, Mongolia to Mali, Fiji to France called on world leaders to commit to playing their part in ending poverty, inequality and climate change in the critical years ahead.

Across Europe, Young Global Advocates from the Challenging the Crisis campaign held #LightTheWay actions in Greece, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. In Ireland, the Young Global Advocates joined the coalition of Irish civil society on the Millennium Bridge.

Here on the western edge of Europe, we gathered to #LightTheWay and pass our light across the Atlantic Ocean to the UN summit in New York.


Members of the coalition supporting #LightTheWay in Ireland include: Dóchas, Irish Development Education Association (IDEA), Challenging the Crisis, Trócaire, Oxfam, the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland, Age Action Ireland, Comhlámh, Claiming our Future,, People's Climate Ireland, Just Forests, Amawele Ireland, WorldWise Global Schools, and Global Schoolroom.

For the list of cities which took part see: For photographs from other events around the world see:

Frank Geary is Director of IDEA, the Irish Development Education Association, a national network for organisations and individuals engaged in the provision, promotion and advancement of development education throughout the island of Ireland

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