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Alliance of leading civil society groups call for national action plan on ambitious global targets to end hunger, climate change and inequality

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 16:15

Ireland can be a leader in one of the most important turning points in modern history

Coalition 2030—an alliance of over 100 leading civil society organisations working in Ireland and across the developing world—have said that Ireland is in a unique position to play a leadership role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. They were speaking at an event today (1st March 2017) at the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the formal launch of the group.

Ireland cochaired the UN negotiations, with Kenya, that led to the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015. The SDGs represent an ambitious global plan to eliminate hunger, stall climate change and reduce global inequality.  But now, over one and a half years on from the official signing by the Taoiseach, there is an urgent need for action. Ireland must shift the focus to implementation, monitoring, and reporting.

Coalition 2030 says it is vital now to get the foundations right and they are calling for: 
1) A National Action Plan with a strong commitment from every Government Department to cooperate in reporting to achieve the SDGs.

2) An inclusive SDG Monitoring Forum in which civil society, and those vulnerable groups – both Irish and internationally – who stand to gain or lose most from Ireland’s work on the Goals, are fully represented at every stage.

3) Increased financing for Development to support delivery of the SDGs in Ireland and internationally.

Speaking on behalf of Coalition 2030 at the event, Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas said: “The SDGs represent a political, economic, environmental and social manifesto for the world over the next 15 years. Their success has the potential to be one of the most important turning points in modern history.”

Also speaking at the event, Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland said: “The challenges Ireland faces – homelessness, conflict, forced displacement, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and income inequality – are not confined to our country. They are challenges we can only tackle at a global level, together—universal participation is key.”

Olive Towey of Concern Worldwide added: “The Sustainable Development Goals are BIG: 17 Goals and 169 targets to be measured, reported on and met. Different parts of Government will focus on different Goals and targets with the overall aim of ensuring Ireland becomes a more equal and sustainable society and one which reflects those values in how we act internationally too.”

Also speaking at the event, Oisin Coghlan of Friends of the Earth Ireland said: “The Irish Government must work in partnership with civil society in Ireland to deliver on the Goals—for people and for the planet. Scaling up public engagement will be important to ensure everyone is part of this new movement and to make sure no one is left behind.”


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Note for editors

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. The coalition also represents members of Ireland’s academic community.


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); Social Justice Ireland; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; SpunOut; The Wheel; Trocaire; UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies; UNICEF; Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO); and World Vision Ireland.