By Hans Zomer
"Global challenges need global responses."
That was what Taoiseach Enda Kenny said as he took to the stage at the United Nations on 25 September 2015. In doing so, he addressed the largest gathering of Prime Ministers and Heads of State ever.
The summit that is taking place at the United Nations in New York was organised to formally adopt a new global agreement on "sustainable development"; a new deal between the governments of the world to transform the world.
The Taoiseach said: "Transforming our world is not alone ambitious but essential. The actions of each nation critical to how we will live together on this planet we call ‘home’."
The members of Dóchas are unanimous in their welcome of this historic agreement, and in stating that Ireland - as one of the chief negotiators of the deal - now has a responsibility to lead the way in implementing the goals.
Dóchas members are calling for a debate in the Oireachtas, which should include representatives from Irish civil society groups, to agree a new national plan of action to implement the global agreement in Ireland. Such a plan should include measures to reduce economic inequality in Ireland, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a clear timeline to achieve our commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas development.