Coalition 2030 Newsletter

Thank you to all of our members for the work that you do in helping to make the world a happier place to live!

Wishing you a very merry holiday season and a Happy New Year!


New Member:

Baby Feeding Law Group of Ireland

We are delighted to welcome Baby Feeding Law Group of Ireland (BFLGI) to Coalition 2030. BFLGI is an alliance of organisations with a shared interest in strengthening nutrition legislation for child health in Ireland. Central to this is advocacy for ethical marketing and sponsorship that does not undermine optimum WHO guidelines for child health, as well as the protection of breastfeeding as the biological norm for our species. Outcomes in achieving BFLGI’s aims touch at least eight of the 17 UN SDGs.

BFLGI recognises that key to attainment of the SDGs will be close attention to SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

Find about more here.

New Member:


We are delighted to welcome Foodture to Coalition 2030. Foodture is a grassroots initiative to nurture a culture of food citizenship and help build strong community support around Fair Food farmers, producers and more in Ireland.

Foodture aims to inspire positive action. To look beyond the labels on our food and to reconnect with the Fair Food farmers, growers, producers and more who nourish us and our environment. They offer a space to learn from others on their journey of food citizenship.

Foodture doesn't sell their members produce, they hope that you will connect directly at a community level

They also hope that these actions can help transform our broken food system for a new food future.

Find out more here.

New Member:

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is the world's largest network of environmental groups with over one million supporters and campaigners organized in 70 countries. Friends of the Earth was launched in Ireland in October 2004. FoE promotes education and action for environmental sustainability and environmental justice. FoE focuses on Ireland's response to the big environmental challenges of our time such as climate change and energy, the waste crisis and the spread of GM crops and food.

FoE campaigns for environmental justice and sustainable development and fair shares, where too often the poorest communties in the world are denied access to the natural resources essential to life, such as fresh water, while rich countries consume and pollute recklessly.

FoE's top priority in Ireland is to ensure this country does its fair share to prevent runaway climate change.

Find out more here.

New Member:


Adult learning is transformative with wide-ranging benefits at the personal, community and societal level. Persistent educational inequality in the adult population is unacceptable. In this plan AONTAS will deliver work of the highest quality for their members so that adult learners have the opportunity to fulfil their education aspirations, which they so richly deserve.

They create an inclusive lifelong learning society: Everyone should have the opportunity to actively participate and succeed in adult learning and to fulfil their educational ambitions regardless of their past educational experience, social class, sexual orientation, civil status, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or disability. The policy and practice in the adult, further, community, and higher education systems should be continually shaped by acting on a diverse range of authentic learner voices.

Find out more here.

To tackle the biodiversity, climate and farm income crises, we need to farm with nature

Time to redefine ‘land improvement’ in line with the best science

By Yvonne Buckley & James Moran

Policy decisions over the next 12 months are crucial for Ireland’s rural landscapes. The development of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Strategic Plan for Ireland presents a rare opportunity to deliver high quality food outcomes and enhance farm livelihoods while mitigating our climate and biodiversity crises - and it’s one we need to grasp with both hands.

Most of our countryside is farmed, and this is where nature lives – in the fields, grasslands, hedgerows, rivers, lakes and woods that make up farming landscapes. This is also where nature is threatened: the way we farm has been found to negatively impact over 70 per cent of protected habitats.

Many of these threats are a direct result of “land improvement” that farmers have undertaken to increase their farm’s capacity to produce high value agricultural products.

But despite the intensification and increased productivity, farming families are facing an income crisis, and we see the sharp end of this in the current beef sector protests. We also see income crises on farms with high nature value and lower agricultural productivity. The abandonment or conversion of high nature value farmland to Sitka Spruce forestry plantations reduces their nature conservation value.

Along with biodiversity and farm income, the third element in the trifecta of countryside crises is climate change. As the biggest contributor to Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, the farming sector is already being pushed hard to reduce emissions. But we also need to improve resilience to climate-related impacts.

Read the full article here.

Yvonne Buckley is TCD professor of zoology; Dr James Moran is a lecturer in agri-environment at Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology

Minister Creed welcomes Hen Harrier breeding success

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., welcomed the Hen Harrier Monitoring report for 2019 which is showing a 35% increase on the 2017 figure in the number of young hen harriers fledged. The 81 chicks fledged this year is the highest such number in 14 years. The Hen Harrier Project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has contributed to this success. This Project is a locally-led, locally-designed and locally-administered scheme, funded under the DAFM’s Rural Development Programme. Hen Harrier monitoring was carried out by the Golden Eagle Trust working with the Hen Harrier Project team.

Read more here.

Minister Madigan publishes details of Heritage Ireland 2030 public consultation

Analysis of over two thousand submissions received during the 4-month public consultation on the development of a new national heritage plan - Heritage Ireland 2030 - reveals very high levels of heritage awareness and strong demands for greater investment in Ireland’s heritage.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced the release of a detailed analysis of submissions received during the recent Heritage Ireland 2030 public consultation.

The report on the Analysis of Submissions Received through Public Consultation on the new heritage plan, Heritage Ireland 2030, is published on the Department’s website.

The Heritage Ireland 2030 public consultation ran from November 2018 until March of this year. The consultation attracted huge interest with over 2,100 written submissions received by the Department. In addition, over 70 consultation events and workshops were held nationwide facilitated by key heritage stakeholders including the Heritage Council, the Heritage Officer Local Authority Network, the OPW, the Royal Irish Academy and ICOMOS Ireland.

Read more here.

Minister of State Andrew Doyle announces payment of over €4 million under the EU Producer Organisation Scheme and confirms the recognition of a new fruit and vegetable producer organisation

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle, T.D., today confirmed that annual payments of over €4 million have now duly issued to producer organisations in the fruit and vegetable sector.

The Minister commented;

I am happy to confirm that payments of over €4 million to Producer Organisations operating in the fruit and vegetable sector have been completed. These payments provide valuable support to a sector that generates a farmgate output of €370 million and exports over €90 million of fresh produce annually.

Read more here.

Minister Creed Launches Climate Action Consultation for Agriculture

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., has launched a public consultation on “Ag-Climatise”, a National Climate & Air Roadmap for the Agriculture Sector to 2030 and Beyond.

The Minister stated,

The importance of addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been reflected in the recent All-of-Government Climate Action Plan 2019 and which has clearly set out the ambition for Ireland”. The Minister added, “The agricultural sector will play its part in the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient economy and society of the future, while also taking advantage of the opportunities that this challenge presents.

The All-of-Government Climate Action plan contains an emissions reduction target of 10% to 15% for agriculture, bringing emissions to be between 17.5 and 19 Mt in 2030. The sector will also contribute to the removal of 26.8Mt CO2 from the atmosphere through afforestation and new ways of managing land. Using these targets as an overarching framework, Ag-Climatise is the roadmap for the agri-food sector.

The structure of the roadmap is composed of three elements:

  1. Implementing Changes Now: Examples of proposed actions include: adoption of low emission slurry spreading equipment and changes in fertiliser type;
  2. Acting in Partnership: To be successful, all stakeholders, from farm to fork, will have to contribute in a spirit of partnership, bearing in mind a the need for a just transition;
  3. Preparing for the Future: using best available science to inform policy development and to help stakeholders make strategic choices for the future.

Read more here.

The Green New Deal as a Driver for the EU's Implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

By Deirdre de Burca and Leida Rijnhout, members of the SDG Watch Europe Steering Group

Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by UN member states in September 2015, the European Commission slowly started to develop its own ideas and actions for how the Union – a unique, regional, political system – could implement this ambitious, universal agenda. EU member states also began focusing on how to implement this agenda at the national level. The European Council, composed of Heads of States and EU MS governments, issued Council Conclusions in recent years mandating the Commission to take specific actions at EU level related to implementation.

Read more here.

Make Europe Sustainable for All (MESA) Partners' Meeting

The annual meeting of the Make Europe Sustainable for All (MESA) project took place 22-24 October 2019 in Greece.

The Hellenic Platform for Development represents Greece in this three-year project, which combines the experience of 25 partners from international and European networks, representing over 2,500 civil society organizations. From Ireland, Coalition members Justin Byrne from Irish Environmental Network (IEN) and Caitriona Rogerson (representing the Development Education Awareness Raising (DEAR) project in Ireland) attended the event.

Read more here.

The EU and Agenda 2030: Trade Unions' Dialogue

Helsinki became the European trade unions’ capital of Sustainable Development during 6 and 7 November, as some 50 trade union delegates from across Europe met in the city to discuss the EU’s development agenda with the Finnish EU Presidency and other stakeholders. The ITUC and ETUC co-organised this event with the support of the Finnish trade unions, in the frame of the #timefor8 campaign.

The delegates meeting in Helsinki dedicated the first day to exchange on trade unions’ involvement in sustainable development in Europe and worldwide. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) presented its strategic approach on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the European Semester.

Afterwards, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) presented its work on producing trade union SDG country reports that monitor what national governments are doing to reach the SDGs. The ITUC also talked about its work to get SDG 8 and social dialogue at the centre of the 2030 Agenda. In addition, it presented its campaign #timefor8 – the clock is ticking for a New Social Contract designed to support this work.

Read more here.


11th November 2019 - 31st December 2019

MOOC Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation and Review of the 2030 Agenda


  • Understanding the need for stakeholder engagement in the 2030 Agenda at the national level
  • Learning about approaches and tools for strengthening stakeholder engagement for the SDGs
  • Designing successful strategies for stakeholder engagement in national implementation and review processes for Agenda 2030

This massive open online course (MOOC) is designed in the context of the preparation to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) as part of an effort to strengthen the capacities of Governments to engage in an effective and meaningful way with MGoS (Major Groups and other stakeholders) as they implement and review progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Thursday, 28th November


Theme: SDG 4 Quality Education

The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. opened the 5th National Forum on Education for Sustainable Development in the Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle.

The forum is being held under the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (2014-2020) and will focus on sustainable development goal 4, the objective of which is that by 2030 all learners will have acquired the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development.

The aim of the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development is to ensure that education contributes to sustainable development by equipping learners with the relevant knowledge (the ‘what’), the key dispositions and skills (the ‘how’) and the values (the ‘why’) that will motivate and empower them throughout their lives to become informed active citizens who take action for a more sustainable future. The Minister referenced a number of actions already being taken by the Department and other bodies in this regard.

Thursday, 28th November

Professor Michael Kelly HIV and AIDS Lecture

At this year’s International Conference, as in previous years, the Irish Global Health Network is facilitating Irish Aid’s Annual Father Michael Kelly HIV and AIDS Lecture. This year’s theme is Women, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.

Opening Remarks

  • Ciarán Cannon is Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


  • Professor Fr Michael Kelly, Zambia
  • Joannie Marlene Bewa, Physician, Researcher and Advocate, Benin
  • Georgina Caswell, Head of Programmes, Global Network of People Living with HIV, South Africa


  • Ailbhe Smyth, Academic, Feminist and Activist
  • Ellie Marley, HIV Stigma & Shame Researcher
  • Ruairi De Burca, Director General, Irish Aid



Location Smock Alley Theatre,

Exchange Street Lower


Friday, 29th November

International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

The 29th of November marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Join us for a night of dialogue and discussion.

About this event

You are invited to an evening of celebration for the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly called for the annual observance of the 29th of November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Since then, NGOs in Ireland, including Development Perspectives and Trócaire, have continued to observe this day.

Evening activities:

1. The Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill: Senator Frances Black, who introduced this important Bill to the Seanad, will join us to discuss its background and progress in the Oireachtas, and how people can take action to help it become law. Further information on the Bill can be found here -

2. Palestinian food from Izz Cafe: Izz and Eman from one of Cork’s most exciting new restaurants, Izz Cafe, will join us on the evening to provide samples of delicious Palestinian food. They will share the story of their journey to Ireland and how they are using food as a common denominator for peace and justice.

3. Screening of Sumud, Everyday Resistance: This award winning short film examines life under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, told through the stories of Palestinian women.

Organising team:

The evening is being organised by Trócaire and Development Perspectives. The event is in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

A special thank you to Senator Frances Black and her team, and to Izz Cafe for contributing to this event.



Location Nano Nagle Place

Douglas Street



2nd - 6th December


Together 2030 is celebrating its fourth anniversary and have planned a series of special activities focusing on this year's theme "Making the HLPF a forum to accelerate SDG implementation". Do you want to know how to engage? This is how:

  • Participate in the Together 2030 twitter campaign- #OurWish4HLPF: share an image and 280 characters (a tweet) on what are your (or your organization's) wishes for the next 4 years of the HLPF in terms of the HLPF review. Last day for submissions: December 5, 2019. Submit your input here:
  • Participate in the Together 2030 twitter campaign- #OurWish4HLPF: share an image and 280 characters (a tweet) on what are your (or your organization's) wishes for the next 4 years of the HLPF in terms of the HLPF review. Last day for submissions: December 5, 2019. Submit your input here:
  • Participate in our Twitter Poll: During the week of December 2-6, we will be launching a set of polls addressing different aspects of the SDGs implementation- Please be in the lookout and check our Twitter account eTogether_2030. Make sure you participate in the polls! We will share the results via social media.
  • Join our Special Webinar: Taking stock on the HLPF’s first ‘cycle’: lessons learned and what is ahead for the next four years, organized in partnership with Newcastle University. Thursday, December 5, 9:30 - 11:00 am (EST time)- Please register here


Monday, 2nd December


"Environmental Literacy and New Digital Audiences"

by PAT BRERETON, School of Communications at Dublin City University

There is widespread public awareness of and concern about environmental issues at this time and this book launch will bring together two topical issues one relating to Environmental Literacy and the other to Eco Anxiety. While Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) continues to be a topic of debate in Ireland especially its inclusion in education curricula there is no doubt that Environmental Literacy plays a huge role in ESD. Environmental awareness in turn has the capacity to lead to Eco Grief or Eco Anxiety for some who may find our current situation difficult to deal with.

This seminar and book launch will try to address both of these issues in a solution focused way so that we are equipped with a more hopeful way of dealing with environmental issues.


Professor Pat Brereton Head of School of Communications, Dublin City University;

Dr John Sharry Solution Focused Psychotherapist and Irish Times Climate Change Contributor;

Elaine Nevin Chief Executive Officer of ECO-UNESCO;

Duncan Stewart RTÉ's Eco Eye and Director of Green Foundation Ireland.


Location The Oak Room, The Mansion House

Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Tuesday, 3rd December

4th ESTHER Ireland Partnership Forum

‘Learning together for better impact’

ESTHER Ireland will co-host the 4th annual ESTHER Partnership Forum This event will bring together ESTHER Ireland Partners, health personnel engaged in health links with less developed countries, and others interested in learning more about health partnerships.

Attendees will gain insight into the characteristics of good partnerships, will learn about working effectively cross-culturally and also take home some practical tips about how to raise funds for partnerships. The event promises to be a full day of knowledge exchange including a keynote from THET CEO, Ben Simms (TBC), workshops, skills sessions, plenaries and posters, culminating in an 'Unsung Heroes' awards ceremony acknowledging outstanding contributions made by individuals working in health partnerships.

ESTHER Ireland is part of the HSE Global Health Programme and is managed by the Irish Global Health Network with support from Irish Aid.


Location Smock Alley Theatre, 1662

7 Exchange Street Lower

D08 PX27 Dublin 8

Tuesday, 3rd December

Launch of Code of Good Practice for Development Education and training for IDEA members

We are very pleased to share an update with you for the launch of the Code of Good Practice for Development Education in Ireland.

The event will take place on Tuesday 3 December at 9.30am. The official public launch will be followed immediately by a training session for IDEA members who wish to learn more about implementing the Code in 2020.

Due to demand, the venue has changed to the Davenport Hotel, Dublin 2.

The Code itself is available to members of IDEA via the members' area of our website here or by contacting us. Supporting materials and documents are currently being developed.



Location The Davenport Hotel

8-10 Merrion Street Lower

Dublin, Ireland

Wednesday, 4th December

Climate and Biodiversity Action Workshop

This event is for elected City and County Councillors from across the country.

Objective: to initiate the development and implementation of policies and actions, at local suthority level, that will respond to the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies.


Anja Murray

Anja Murray is an independent ecologist with a background in environmental science. Anja is an environmental policy analyst working in a range of projects that encompass nature conservation policy, water quality and climate policy. She has a special interest in incorporating ecology in to land agriculture, energy and peatland management. Anja recently spent eight months as a policy advisor to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action. She is currently filming another series of ‘Eco Eye’ on RTÉ1 and has her own weekly radio series, called ‘Nature File’, on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Dr. Tara Shine

Dr. Tara Shine is an environmental scientist with over 20 years’ experience influencing and informing international and national policy making. A seasoned policy adviser past clients include the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, OECD, The Elders, the World Bank, the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland. Tara worked as a climate negotiator at the UN for 10 years and acted as a reviewer of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5oC. She is Director of Change by Degrees, an award winning social enterprise that educates and inspires people to live sustainably.

Pádraic Fogarty

Pádraic Fogarty is an ecologist and environmental scientist. He was chair of the Irish Wildlife Trust from 2008-2012 and editor of 'Irish Wildlife' magazine from 2009 to 2017. He is currently campaign officer with the Irish Wildlife Trust, working on addressing the extinction crisis. He is author of the 2017 book 'Whittled Away - Ireland's vanishing nature' and lives in Dublin.

Bernie Guest

Bernie Guest works as Heritage Officer for Waterford City & County Council, and is based in the Planning Section with input on natural heritage issues in planning policy and development management along with delivery of projects under the Waterford Heritage and Biodiversity Plans. She is a member of the Irish Ramsar (Wetlands) Committee and the SE Region Operational Committee for delivery of the SE River Basin Management Plan.

David Dodd

David Dodd is an environmental scientist with over 20 years professional experience in the environmental area. He worked in the environmental consultancy area with KT Cullen/ White Young Green Ltd. from 1998 to 2004. He spent 10 years with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Inspector and nearly 4 years as scientific technical policy advisor with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) He recently took up a new position as coordinator of the new Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) for the Dublin Metropolitan Region set up with funding to assist Local Authorities in preparing and implementing Climate Change strategies and plans.

Michael Ewing

Michael Ewing is an Environmental scientist, facilitator and dialogue planner. From 2008-2019 he was the Coordinator of the Environment Pillar, an advocacy coalition of 32 national environmental NGOs. He was a member of the National Economic and Social Council 2009-2019, and is currently a member of the National Climate Dialogue Advisory Committee and the PPN National Advisory Group. His personal interest is in participatory democracy and sustainable development. He is currently a volunteer Development Officer with the Environmental Pillar.

This Workshop is sponsored by Community Foundation for Ireland.

Location Dublin City Council, Wood Quay Venue,

Dublin 8

Wednesday, 4th December

UCD Sustainable Smart Cities & Communities Symposium

Although cities occupy just a small percentage of land, they account to consume more than 75% of natural resources, and they are responsible for up to 80% of carbon emission. Decarbonisation of cities is a priority to address climate change and the rapid growth of human population. Supporting a sustainable living environment provides opportunities to develop low carbon, efficient and reliable economy, which is an essential requirement for the next generation of smart cities. .

Topics for the symposium will be Sustainable Energy Communities, Consumer and Prosumer Behaviour, Buildings, IoT, Data Analytics, Transport, Renewable Energies, Energy Generation and Management, Water Treatment and Recycling. All these areas are profoundly interconnected target areas of interventions, which can lead to significant improvements to the city ecosystem and path towards decarbonisation and sustainability.


Location UCD Quinn School of Business

Quinn School, Belfield

Thursday, 5th December

Youth Summit on Climate Action and the Sustainable Development Goals

With the climate crisis affecting the future of our planet, young people have been recognised as primary stakeholders in achieving the SDGs. Ireland will develop a new SDGs National Implementation Plan in 2020. This Summit will hear from some of those taking Climate action – at personal, local, national, and global levels. The Summit will showcase work done by young people on Climate Action and the SDGs and organisations taking action on issues affecting young people.


Location RDS, Anglesea Rd. Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

6th - 8th December

Rediscover Christmas Fair

Dublin’s best sustainable Christmas fair will showcase independent retailers, sustainably-made products and businesses that focus on reuse, quality and local production. Shop for creative Christmas gifts. This family-friendly event will have workshops, games, festive food, Christmas movie screenings and festive drinks. Rediscover the joy of a sustainable Christmas!


Location The Rediscovery Centre

Main Street

D09 HK58 Ballymun

Saturday, 7th December

Learn to Make Fabric Christmas Wreaths

Carrie Ann will teach you how to make a beautiful, eco-friendly, upcycled fabric Christmas wreaths.


Location The Rediscovery Centre

Main Street

D09 HK58 Ballymun

Saturday, 7th December

Workshop: Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises

Through a combination of interview-style conversation, presentation and small-group discussion, this event will explore the mental and emotional toll of our increasing awareness of climate change and environmental destruction with a view to building up resilience, both personal and community.

We really hope you will be able to join us for this timely and necessary event.

Cost, including a sandwich-lunch, is €15 – with a reduced fee of €10 for those who need it. There are a number of free places and although we’d particularly like to invite younger activists to apply for these anybody of any age is welcome to apply via


Location Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane

The Liberties, Dublin 8

Monday, 9th December

From Grassroots to Government: Embedding Financial Justice in the Politics and Society curriculum

Join this workshop for an introduction to FJI's teaching resource From Grassroots to Government: Embedding Financial Justice in the Politics and Society curriculum. This resource uses development education and active learning methodologies to encourage discussion and debate and support students in considering subject topics from a range of perspectives.

The workshop will be most relevant for teachers of Politics and Society, however activities from the resource can also be used for Geography, CSPE or development education modules or for teachers looking to bring a global justice perspective or active learning methodologies into their teaching.


Location Drumcondra Education Centre

DCU St. Patrick's Campus

Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Tuesday, 10th December

How far has power shifted? Progress towards localisation since the World Humanitarian summit

Join us for a lively panel discussion exploring the role of local women responders and researchers within the humanitarian context.

Naomi Tulay Solanke from the Feminist Humanitarian Network will be joined in a panel discussion with speakers from ActionAid, Oxfam and others.

Location: University College Dublin, Red Room on Tuesday, 10th December.

Registration opens at 8:45am, with the event closing at 12:30.


Location Red Room

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin

Wednesday, 11th December

Public Seminar: Education for Transformation in Post - conflict Contexts, A Focus on South Sudan


Dr. Thomas Walsh, lecturer and Deputy Head of Department (2019-2020) in the Department of Education.

Dr. Eilish Dillon, Head of the Department of International Development at Maynooth University.

Dr. Walt Kilroy is Associate Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) at Dublin City University, where he is also an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Jacinta Prunty is a senior lecturer in History at Maynooth University where she has lectured since 1998, and a Holy Faith sister. Register

Location Renehan Hall, MU South Campus

Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Wednesday, 18th December

National SDGs Stakeholder Forum

SDG2 Zero Hunger

Panel discussion

Department of Foreign Affairs

Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Judith Hitchman, President Urgenci International

Aoibheann O’Brien, CEO FoodCloud

SDGs & Business – Partnerships for the Goals

Chambers Ireland – James Kiernan

Business In The Community (TB)

Grow Circle - Karen O’Donohue

Key Note Address:

Minister Michael Creed T.D., Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Discussion on the 2020 National Implementation Plan

Outline of Stakeholder Consultation Process

Location Dublin Castle

Main Conference Centre

Registration DCCAE website

Thursday, 19th December

Climate Change, Poverty and Human Rights

Public Lecture


Philip Alston, UN SR on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

John Norton , NYU

Organised by Irish Centre for Human Rights with the Ryan Institute, NUI Galway and the Human Rights Committee, Bar of Ireland.


Location Atrium, Distillery

Bldg., the Bar of Ireland

145-151 Church Street Dublin 7


Tuesday, 14th January

Ireland's International Development Policy: Implications for Health

IGHN together with RCSI and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are hosting an event to present and discuss Ireland's new International Development policy: A Better World as it relates to the opportunities and challenges for health. This follows on from a consultation meeting and submission made by IGHN on health during the consultation process.

Launched in February of this year, by the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Minister of State for International Development, the policy provides the framework for Ireland’s expanding development cooperation programme, in line with the Government’s commitment to reaching the UN target of allocating 0.7% of our GNI to official development assistance by 2030.

Speaker: Nicola Brennan, Director of Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Chaired by: Nadine Ferris-France, Executive Director, IGHN

The new policy focuses on four main areas:

  • Improving gender inequality
  • Reducing humanitarian need
  • Climate action
  • Strengthening governance

Within that, main intervention areas include: Protection, food and people (education, health and social protection).


Location Albert Hall, RCSI

26 York Street, Dublin 2


Climate Revolution ToolKit

Climate Revolution: One World Week development education and global citizenship education resource pack

This resource explores Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

It is designed for Global Educators, Youth Workers, Development Education practitioners, trainers, climate activists, changemakers of all shapes and sizes but in particular those working with the current generation of young people.

Download your free copy here .

European Parliament Briefing:

Commitments made at the hearings of the Commissioners-designate

This document is a compilation of salient points and essential commitments made by the Vice-Presidents and Commissioners-designate at their respective hearings before the European Parliament. It is intended to provide a practical and concise tool to follow-up on the efforts and actions of the future Commission. It highlights the areas that individual Commissioners are responsible for, as well as the particular commitments made by each Commissioner during their respective hearings.

For an extensive list of all commitments made and positions taken by the candidates, the full verbatim report of each public hearing is available on the dedicated hearings website ( of the European Parliament, as are the written questions and answers.

Download the document here.


EIP-AGRI Brochure on Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 - Calls 2020

Horizon 2020 is the largest source of public funding for research and innovation from the European Commission. It has a budget of around €3.7 billion for the Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) on ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ for 2014-2020. Through the SC2, H2020 aims to create solutions for problems which farmers and foresters currently face. It funds projects in which researchers and stakeholders build solutions together, sharing knowledge and producing results that are ready to be put into practice. The projects are actively supported by the EIP-AGRI network. This brochure should help you find your way through the different calls for 2020.



‘Ag-Climatise’ – A Draft National Climate & Air Roadmap for the Agriculture Sector to 2030 and Beyond – Public Consultation

Ag-Climatise, a National Climate & Air Roadmap for the Agriculture Sector to 2030 and Beyond is open for public consultation until the 10 January 2020.

‘Ag-Climatise’ is a public consultation document aimed at translating our overall sectoral ambitions into more detailed actions and targets for delivery over the coming years. The roadmap proposes ambitious and challenging actions which will require not only ongoing concerted effort, but a step-up right across the sector from primary producer through to the processor.

The consultation is composed of two elements:

  1. The Ag Climatise roadmap is available at which sets the scene and poses a number of questions.
  2. An online survey to facilitate a response to the questions. Ag-Climatise Survey. The survey will take about 35 minutes to complete.

Written comments are also welcome by email to and also by post.

The All of Government Climate Action Plan can be found here.


Public Consultation on Ireland’s Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday 16 December 2019.

Article 15 of the EU Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action requires each Member State to prepare and submit to the Commission a long-term strategy for greenhouse gas emissions reduction with a perspective of at least 30 years.

Ireland has already established a detailed decarbonisation pathway to 2030 in its Climate Action Plan 2019. This will be reflected in Ireland's final national energy and climate plan (NECP). Moreover, as part of the NECP consultation process, the Department sought views on decarbonising beyond 2030. The Department is now seeking further views in relation to decarbonisation pathways beyond 2030, including transition options across all key sectors of the economy (energy, buildings, transport, enterprise, waste, agriculture and land-use), on the role of innovative technologies and on socio-economic factors.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. This public consultation includes 26 specific questions, seeking responses and ideas to inform Ireland's long-term strategy to 2050.

To make a submission as part of this consultation, please complete our online form or alternatively, view the consultation document and email your submission to: