Irish NGOs welcome historic agreement by the UN to end poverty and hunger in the next 15 years

04 august 2015


The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations


Irish NGOs welcome historic agreement by the UN to end poverty and hunger in the next 15 years

04 August 2015

After months of negotiations, the 193 members of the United Nations have reached an agreement. Late on Sunday night, they agreed on the text of the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." Ireland has played a crucial role in this process, co-facilitating the negotiations to reach this agreement together with Kenya, represented by Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN, David Donoghue.

"This new development agenda has seventeen goals and 169 sub-targets, ranging from ending extreme poverty and hunger to reducing inequality and tackling climate change. These seventeen goals reveal the scope and ambition of a new 'universal agenda'; a new recipe for building a better world," said Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas (the umbrella body of Irish development NGOs).

The members of Dóchas have been actively engaged in the negotiations that have now concluded.

"Since 2012, Irish NGOs have been asking their partner organisations in developing countries what, in their experience, was working in the fight against poverty, and what was missing. They used that information to speak to decision makers in Dublin, in Brussels and New York and we had a willing ear among diplomats, largely because of the excellent job done by the Irish diplomats who led the worldwide process to come up with this new global agreement," said Hans Zomer.

World leaders will formally agree the new sustainable development goals at a UN summit on 25th- 27th of September in New York. The goals will come into effect from January 1st 2016 and should be achieved by 2030.

"We are convinced that this new agreement, called 'Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' has the potential to be truly transformational. As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, these Goals contain a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, everywhere, and leaving no one behind. This new agreement shows we have the vision and the means to make history. Now it is time we also have the will," said Zomer in a statement on behalf of Irish NGOs.


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Notes to the Editor

  • Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It provides a forum for consultation and cooperation between its members, and a platform for them to speak with a single voice on development issues. For more information, visit: