Press release: Coalition 2030 to travel to UN Forum on Sustainable Development Goals

11 july 2017

Tuesday 11th July 2017


Representatives of Coalition 2030 – a national alliance of over 40 Irish social inclusion, development, environment and trade union groups and networks – are to take part in the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The forum is taking place from 10th July to 19th July in New York. Representatives from Dóchas, Concern Worldwide and Trócaire will travel as part of the official Irish delegation to the summit, which will be led by Minister for Communications, Environment and Climate Action, Denis Naughten TD.

The High-Level Political Forum is part of an annual review of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s theme is “Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World.” Ireland’s progress on the SDGs will be assessed at the forum in 2018.

Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas, who will be representing Coalition 2030 at the forum said: “The SDGs represent a transformative agenda – one that commits us to eradicating extreme poverty, ending hunger and tackling climate change by 2030. Civil society groups from around the world continue to mobilize around this important agenda.

“This meeting offers an important opportunity for us to show governments and all stakeholders that we each have a role and responsibility to bring about this change.  In Ireland, we would like to see more urgency and ambition towards a whole-of-government approach to the SDGs.  This is particularly important now, given that Ireland will report to the High Level Political Forum on our progress in 2018.”

Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide said: “Over the past decade over 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty through the joint actions of individuals, civil society, governments and humanitarian actors.  We have made great progress and Ireland in particular has played a key role in the area of hunger and tackling poverty in fragile states. But this is no time for complacency, conflict, climate change and growing inequalities are driving humanitarian needs to unprecedented levels, with 141 million people currently in dire need of humanitarian assistance. 

“The sustainable development goals provide us with the framework to do even more, to protect the planet and create a more stable, more equal and sustainable future for the next generations. Importantly, they commit us to reaching ‘the furthest behind first’, the poorest of the poor, those that Ireland has consistently prioritised through its development assistance programmes. 193 UN member states have signed up to these goals.  They are non-negotiable and we are politically and morally bound to deliver on them.”

Niamh Garvey, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Trócaire said: "Action on climate change will determine whether the Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved. Ireland's own action on climate change has been woefully inadequate - we are dramatically off track for meeting our emission reduction targets. As he prepares to attend the forum, Minister Naughten should publish a revised and strengthened National Mitigation Plan as a sign of Ireland's intention to deliver on the SDGs."


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Notes for the editor:

  • The meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development in 2017 will be held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017.

  • The Sustainable Development Goals have particular significance for Ireland. The SDGs are 17 global goals which world leaders from 193 countries have signed up to. Ireland co-chaired the negotiation process to achieve these goals. For more information see:

  • Coalition 2030 is an alliance of leading civil society groups working for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 in Ireland and across the globe. It represents over 100 organisations, working both at home and in over 50 other countries. Its expertise ranges from children’s rights to environmental sustainability and from humanitarian relief to education.

  • Coalition members to date include the following umbrella bodies and other civil society organisations:

Age Action Ireland; All Together in Dignity (ATD); ChildFund Ireland; CBM Ireland; Centre for Youth Research and Development, Maynooth University; Christian Aid; Comhlamh; Community Work Ireland; Concern Worldwide; Development Perspectives; Disability Federation of Ireland; Dóchas; EcoUnesco; 80:20 Educating & Acting for a Better World; Environmental Pillar; European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN); Gorta Self Help Africa; Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU); Irish Development Education Association; Mercy International Association; Misean Cara;  National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI); National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI); Oxfam Ireland; Presentation Sisters (PBVM); Services Industrial Professional Technical Union (SIPTU); Sightsavers Ireland; Social Justice Ireland; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; SpunOut; The Wheel; Trócaire; UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies; UNICEF; Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO); and World Vision Ireland.