The Dóchas Annual Conference 2016

The 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals



May 5th, Croke Park




Some Highlights from the Summit: 

A keynote address by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins

This inspiring speech received a standing ovation from delegates at the conference. In case you missed it, here is a video of the speech:

A keynote speech by Erik Solheim, Chairperson of the OECD Development Assistance Committee and soon to be Executive Director of UNEP

Speeches and panel discussions with:

Human Rights Lawyer and General Secretary of the World YWCA Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

Seán Healy, Director of Social Justice Ireland

Hosted by Newstalk's Orla Barry as Master of Ceremonies









About the Conference:

The 2016 Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals was hosted by Dóchas, the Irish Association for Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It was a momentous gathering of international and domestic NGOs, government representatives, environmental groups, activists, civil society and private sector organisations coming together to connect, collaborate and make change happen. The Summit celebrated the journey international development has travelled so far and looked to the future.  We are at a unique point in history and what we do next will determine the future of the planet and humanity. The Summit asked critical questions about how Ireland can play its role in achieving these vital 17 goals to end poverty and fight injustice. Be part of this historic moment. Get involved. 

Join the conversation online @DochasNetwork #DochasSummit

Download the Conference Agenda here.

More exciting features of the Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals:

A huge congratulations to the winners of this year's Dóchas Awards - Recognising the inspiring individuals and innovative programmes working for global justice

Colette Nkundu of Misean Cara was named as the Dóchas Global Citizen of the Year 2016. Colette's inspiring story is told here.

Camara Education's imlango programme in Kenya won the Innovative Programme of the Year 2016. John Fitzsimons, CEO of CAMARA is pictured here with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. 

A big congratulations also to the other nominees in this category - Plan Ireland and Concern Worldwide. See our awards page to watch a short video which highlights these programmes and the sustainable impact of their work around the world. 

The winners of the annual Dóchas Awards were announced at the Summit, celebrating the Global Citizens and innovative development programmes working for global justice.

The Dóchas Awards are with grateful thanks to sponsors 2into3, Ireland's not-for-profit specialists and Russell Brennan Keane.

The 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals is with thanks to the generous support of FEXCO, Offering SPEED, SECURITY & VALUE let FEXCO Corporate Payments be your FX Payments Partner. 

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