UN End Poverty Day 2016 Campaign
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For immediate release - 25th Sept 2017 10.00am

Will Leo stop ignoring the major challenge
for the world leaders of his generation?

ATD Ireland joins Coalition 2030 in marking
the 2nd Anniversary of the historic 2030 Agenda agreement

On the second anniversary of the UN adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, All Together in Dignity Ireland is calling upon the Irish government to take all action necessary to achieve the 17 Global Goals of the Agenda, at home and abroad. 

In Dublin, ATD Ireland, together with the Irish Coalition 2030, invites all citizens to join the #Act4SDGs march, today Monday 25th September, starting at 1pm from the Rosie Hackett Bridge and heading towards the Famine Statues on Custom House Quay.

The Irish Budget 2018 should set aside fundings:
- for the organisation, facilitation and stakeholders support of a one year process leading to the participatory drafting of an Irish National Agenda 2030 Action Plan.
- for the organisation, facilitation and stakeholders support of a six months process leading to the participatory drafting of an Irish National Voluntary Report 2018 on the implementation of the Global Goals to be presented by the Government in July 2018 at the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York,
- for a large citizen consultation on ways to walk the talk of the Agenda "Leave No One Behind" promise,
- for 3 years pilot projects with the aim of developing long-term participatory processes in which people with experience of poverty and their organisations could contribute to the assessment and monitoring of the Agenda 2030 implementation.


On 25 September 2015, 193 heads of States including the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, assembled at the UN in New York, committed to "End Poverty in all its Forms Everywhere" and adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to be implemented by 2030.

For the first time, these Goals involve all countries in the world and don’t assume that industrialised countries in the northern hemisphere have eradicated poverty.  
For the first time also, ATD International and partner organisations like the International Trade Union Confederation or Social Watch, succeeded in getting the "Leave No One Behind" imperative incorporated into the Agenda for Sustainable Development. This achievement  does away with the violence of past policies that failed to take into account those people who endure extreme poverty.  

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the historic  “Leave No One Behind” promise are of critical importance”, said Pierre Klein, Coordinator of ATD Ireland, "but we will only be successful in implementing the Global Goals if we manage to involve people living in poverty and gain the active support of all citizens who act for a different society."

"The preamble of the Agenda 2030 recognises that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. Success in doing so will also be difficult as long as we keep measuring poverty by arbitrary financial indicators that render the violence of poverty invisible in our so-called “developed countries”.

As a contribution to the Agenda 2030, ATD International and Oxford University have embarked on an participative research project on the dimensions of poverty and relevant indicators. In this project, people living long-term poverty are co-researchers alongside other experts. ATD plans to present the results of this research will be presented to the UN in 2019.

Pierre Klein said "In the coming year, with the support of Concern, ATD Ireland will facilitate “Leave No One Behind” conversations with citizens from all walks of life around the country. This project will be launched on next UN #EndPoverty Day, 17 October 2017. The aim of the initiative is  to produce by the end of 2018 a handbook which should help all stakeholders in Ireland to walk the talk of the “Leave No One Behind” promise!

As the 2030 Agenda recognises "eradicating poverty" as our greatest global challenge, ATD Ireland invites also each and everyone to join in its 2017 Global Campaign and to participate in the events which will mark next UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty ( First Irish signatories on were Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Father Peter Mac Verry, Anastasia Crickley, Fintan Farrel, Hugh Frazer, Fergus Mc Cabe and also Ireland based famous cartoonist and artist Tomy Ungerer.

Notes to editors:

  •  Programme of the event in Dublin later today:

    A giant banner "WILL IRELAND #LIGHTTHEWAY AGAIN?" will be displayed on Rosie Hacket Bridge facing the O'Connell Bridge from 12.30pm to 1pm.
    Participants to the march will be invited to rally at 1pm sharp on Rosie Hackett Bridge ..
    1.05pm  - Suzanne Keating (Dochas) in the name of the Coalition 2030 welcomes the participants - rise of the "Elephant" with the call "Leo, STOP IGNORING the elephant in the room!"
    1.15pm -  March arrives at James Connolly Statue - David Joyce - ICTU Irish Congress of Trade Unions
    1.30pm - March arrives at the Famine Statues - Carmel Irandoust, World Vision Ireland
    1.40pm - March arrives at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone  - Pierre Klein All Together in Dignity
    1.45pm Invitation is made to participants to write a personal #Act4SDGs message on a chosen Global Goal
    2pm end of the event
  • The Dublin march is organised by All Together in Dignity - ATD Ireland, World Vision Ireland and the Irish Environmental Network on behalf of Coalition 2030. The organisers are supported by EU funding under the DEAR project ‘Make Europe Sustainable for All’.
  • Coalition 2030 is an alliance of over 100 civil society organisations committed to ensuring that the Irish government upholds its obligations to fully implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Coalition 2030 comprises international and domestic NGOs as well as youth organisations, environmental groups, academics, and Trade Unions whose expertise ranges from youth rights to environmental sustainability, and from humanitarian relief to long term development.
  • For details of some of the mobilizations taking place around the world, visit
  • The Call to Achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Every Country of the World - A statement for the day by ATD international

Media contact:

Pierre Klein - - 089 440 15 23 -


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