17 july 2018

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations has called for an inclusive approach to Ireland’s implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The organisation made these calls in response to a Government report on Ireland’s SDG progress that will be presented at the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in New York today.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, will present the first Voluntary National Review (VNR) of Ireland’s implementation of the SDGs to the HLPF on Tuesday, 17 July.

Speaking from New York, Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas, said: “The SDGs represent a transformative roadmap that has the potential to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. However, achievement of these Goals demands a re-framing of Ireland’s efforts to realise the linkages between people, the environment and the economy.

“As we’ve been reminded in New York this week, for that to happen, the voice of civil society needs to be more fully represented. The Government needs to take an inclusive approach that provides the opportunity for all groups in Irish society to use their voices to shape the nation’s response.

“Dóchas members, under the auspices of Coalition 2030, continue to actively collaborate to implement and raise public awareness of the Goals. A key message from Coalition 2030’s shadow report, also launched today, is that the Government must bring all stakeholders to the table in a meaningful way. Practically, the National SDG Stakeholder Forum should provide a clear and serious opportunity for civil society to influence decision making at the highest levels.”

“Only then will we meet the ambition of the SDGs, which is to make sure that the needs and basic human rights of the poorest and most marginalised in society, at home and abroad, are met sustainably and for future generations,” added Keatinge.

Also speaking from New York, Deirdre Carolan, SDG Project Coordinator from World Vision, said: “Following Ireland’s presentation at the HLPF, it is essential that the Irish Government builds on the positive momentum generated here to ensure that stakeholder engagement and public ownership is at the fore of implementation in Ireland. Only through meaningful, active and universal participation can we ensure that the vision of Agenda 2030 is fully realised, for all people, everywhere.”


For further information or to organise an interview, please contact Lía Flattery, Dóchas Communications & Events Officer, at lia@dochas.ie or (0)1 4053801.

Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas, is at the HLPF and available for comment.

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