Ireland must embrace the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and young people have a vital role in making this happen. That’s according to young people attending the “Answer Ireland’s Call” Youth Summit. Over 300 young people from around Ireland met in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin today (23.11.17) to share their ideas with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, TD and Ireland’s two UN Youth Delegates, Lauren Flanagan and Paul Dockery, who will be reporting on the consultation event to the United Nations and EU Commission in early 2018.
Organised by Concern Worldwide and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the annual summit aims to raise awareness about the UN agreement in September 2015 where 193 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals aiming to end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by 2030.
As well as forming part of a consultation for reports to the EU Commission and the UN, the summit featured spoken word, music, drama and dance and there were presentations from young people who have taken action on the SDGs.
Speaking at the event, Valerie Duffy of the NYCI said: “Ireland reports to the United Nations on our SDGs progress in July 2018. Young people are key to achieving the goals at local, national, European, and global levels. This Summit will feed into Ireland’s report to the world. We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change. This is a really important time.”
Concern Worldwide’s Head of Active Citizenship Michael Doorly said: “We are at the start of a 15 year marathon. If we are to achieve the global goals then all of us will have to play our part…but it will be up to today’s youth to finish the job.”
The event takes place as part of celebrations of NYCI One World Week 2017. One World Week is a nationwide week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year to coincide with Universal Children’s Day (the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) on November 20th. This year One World Week activities are taking place from November 18th to 26th and focus on the theme of Peace, Justice and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The summit also forms part of the EU Structured Dialogue consultations, known as ‘Young Voices’ in Ireland, which allows young people to feed into the EU policy making process.
Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 55 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
NYCI One World Week
One World Week is a nationwide week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year to coincide with Universal Children’s Day (the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) on November 20th and the Council of Europe Global Education Week. This year One World Week takes place from the 14th to the 22nd November and is supported by Irish Aid.
EU Structured Dialogue Consultation Process
Young voices is part of ‘Structured Dialogue,’ a European programme which makes sure the opinions of young people and youth organisations are taken into account when youth-related policies are being developed in the EU. Structured Dialogue brings together young people and policy-makers across the EU to jointly discuss and feed into youth policy at national and European level