President Higgins on Sustainable Development
Published: Fri 25th Sep, 2020 | 16:51
The '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are at the heart of this call for action, have formed a central theme in the work of President Higgins.
The President has referred to the Sustainable Development Goals as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity, and he has highlighted their importance in his work aimed at promoting debate about crafting new models of human development, founded on ethics and critical thinking, and drawing on human rights and dignity.
"The Sustainable Development Goals implore us to 'think long', and to focus on the needs not only of those who currently dwell on this planet, but also those yet to come."
Message from President Higgins on the 3rd anniversary of the Global Goals, 26 September 2018
Some of the President's key events and speeches in this context include:
- President opens 2021 Young Environmentalist Awards ceremony (2021)
- President launches partnership between Kylemore Abbey and Áras an Uachtaráin (2021)
- President marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science (2021)
- President addresses Women’s Aid seminar (marking International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women) (2020)
- President addresses Fórsa Conference on challenges in the workplace during Covid-19 time (2020)
- President Marks UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty (2020)
- President addresses OECD ‘Confronting Planetary Emergencies’ event (2020)
- President receives New York based Permanent Representatives to the UN (2019)
- President hosts seminar ‘Rethinking the Role of the State in Fostering a Sustainable and Inclusive Economy’ (2019)
- President hosts a Garden Party to acknowledge Sustainable Communities (2018)
- President participates in the National Famine Commemoration Ceremony (2018)
- President addresses the UN General Assembly (2018)
- President attends the World Humanitarian Summit (2016)
- President gives the opening address at the 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (2016)
- Keynote Address at the University of Washington (2015)
- President officially opens the Irish Humanitarian Summit (2015)