SDG Conference 2018

The Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights

2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark achievement recognising the inalienable rights, dignity and equality for every human being on this planet. Yet, today, those fundamental rights are being challenged by growing inequalities within and between countries, and inequalities due to gender, climate change and human mobility, hampering human development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides the tools to overcome these challenges and to ensure sustainable societies for future generations.

Partnership for Success

Commitment and robust implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals is needed, however, to ensure that all 17 goals and their corresponding targets are achieved for all people, in particular the most vulnerable. This requires collaborative partnership for the success of the goals, with countries and stakeholders working together to implement Agenda 2030.

Opportunities To Engage

This conference provides an opportunity to engage government representatives and major stakeholders in dialogue on how Agenda 2030 is being implemented in Ireland, focusing on how Human Development and Inequalities is being addressed, how public awareness and engagement is being built and how government is collaborating with major stakeholder groups to ensure meaningful participation.

Agenda

Sustainable Ireland

17th April 2018

Venue: Hogan Mezzanine, Croke Park

9.30am-4.30pm

 

Moderator:  Shona Murray, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Irish Independent

 

9.30am REGISTRATION – Tea/Coffee

10am WELCOMING ADDRESS

  • Helen Keogh, Chief Executive, World Vision Ireland

10.05am OPENING REMARKS

  • David Donoghue, former Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations and co-facilitator for the 2030 Agenda

10.25am Youth Perspectives

  • ‘My World in 2030’

10.30am SESSION 1 – GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT ON THE SDGs

  • Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources & Digital Development, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Cíaran Cannon TD, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Suzanne Keatinge, CEO Dóchas, Steering Group Representative Coalition 2030
  • David Donoghue, former Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations and co-facilitator for the 2030 Agenda

12.00pm Tea/Coffee

12.20pm SESSION 2 – MONITORING IMPLEMENTATION: IRELAND’S PROGRESS TO DATE

  • Eoin Mac Cuirc, Assistant Principal, Technology Division, Central Statistics Office
  • Dr. Séan Healy, CEO, Social Justice Ireland

1.30pm Launch of the All Together in Dignity Ireland Leave No-One Behind Conversation Series

  • David Donoghue, former Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations and co-facilitator for the 2030 Agenda

1.35pm Lunch

2.20pm SESSION 3 – SDGs IN ACTION: LOCAL LEVEL BEST PRACTICE – Short presentations on the implementation of the SDGs at community level by

  • All Together in Dignity Ireland
  • Development Perspectives 
  • Eco UNESCO
  • Cork Healthy Cities /CSO
  • Galway County Comhairle na nÓg
  • Cultivate 

 2.50pm SESSION 4 – DISCUSSION AND ACTION PLANNING

  • Facilitated by Davie Phillip, Community Resilience Manager, Cultivate
  • How will you ensure the successful delivery of the SDG National Implementation Plan in your own work?
  • Working together to move the SDGs forward in Ireland

4pm CLOSING REMARKS

  • Les Carberry Assistant Principal, Sustainable Development Division, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment