Irish NGOs say Government needs to take action on new UN agreement

26 september 2015


The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

Press Statement

26 September 2015

Irish NGOs say Government needs to take action on new UN agreement

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Irish NGOs today welcomed the historic agreement reached at a special United Nations summit in New York and called on the Government to heed the Taoiseach's call for decisive action.

Reacting to an Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit at the United Nations in New York, Dóchas Chairperson Sharan Kelly said:

"The global goals adopted here in New York have the potential to transform the world. And these goals came about thanks to the remarkable negotiating skills of Irish diplomats. Ireland played a key role in the negotiations and we must now show that we can also lead when it comes to its implementation."

"Before the summer recess, the Taoiseach promised he would support a debate in the Oireachtas on what the Global Goals mean for Ireland. We call on the Government to organise such a debate to agree a new national plan of action to implement the global agreement in Ireland," said Ms. Kelly, who is CEO of Tearfund Ireland and Chairperson of the 60+ organisation Dóchas network.

"Such a plan should include measures to combat growing 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," Sharan Kelly added.


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Notes to the Editor:

  • The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda is being held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit website:

  • Those attending with the Dóchas delegation: Hans Zomer, Dóchas; Sharan Kelly, Tearfund and Dóchas Chairperson; Dominic MacSorley, Concern; Oisin Coghlan, Friends of the Earth Ireland; Orla Murphy (NYCI Youth Delegate);  Eoin O’Liaithain (NYCI Youth Delegate); Jim Clarken, Oxfam Ireland; Emer Mullins, Oxfam Ireland; Eamonn Meehan, Trócaire; Lorna Gold, Trócaire; Michelle Hoctor, Trócaire; Isabella Rae, Gorta Self Help Africa.

  • Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations with over 60 members. For more information

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