2015 News & Events
The Taoiseach is delivering Ireland’s national statement to the UN Summit today, outlining the critical need for the Sustainable Development Goals, and Ireland’s commitment to achieving them. President Higgins is also addressing several key meetings at the Summit – on sustainable economic growth, tackling global hunger and supporting gender equality.
The United Nations recently agreed a new agenda for international development which will have a defining impact on a broad range of economic, social and environmental challenges. Key features of this agenda include a set of universally applicable Sustainable Development Goals, and a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development which will mobilise the resources, capacity and energy required to help meet these goals.
Ireland prioritises efforts to advance gender equality, empower women and vindicate and protect the human rights of women and girls in its work at the UN.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and the Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Cooperation, Seán Sherlock T.D., have warmly welcomed Ireland’s appointment by the United Nations to lead international negotiations over the coming year on a new global development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.
In recognition of Ireland’s leading role on global hunger, Ireland was invited to co-host an event at UNGA 69 on Delivering Zero Hunger – Demonstrating Impact, which is a follow up to the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's in June 2012.
Latest news and developments from Ireland's Mission to the UN in New York.
As a further significant step towards a new development agenda to cover the period 2015 – 30, Ireland, Norway, Denmark and the other members of the open working group warmly welcomed agreement on 19 July on a set of sustainable development goals and targets. Further intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 framework are expected to get underway towards the end of this year, leading to announcement of a new global development agenda at a summit of Heads of State and Government in New York in September 2015.
In July, the Mission organised a well-attended panel discussion on command and control arrangements for UN peacekeeping missions. Panel speakers included the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, two major troop contributors Rwanda and Pakistan, and a former Force Commander of the UN mission in Liberia, Lt.Gen. Joseph Owonibi.