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PODCAST EPISODE: Coalition 2030 members discuss Ireland’s SDG progress

In May 2023, Coalition 2030 published their Report, authored by Sorley McCaughey (independent freelance public affairs, advocacy and communications strategist), ‘Furthest Behind First, or Falling Behind Further? The human stories that challenge Ireland’s claims to be leaving no one behind’ which can be accessed HERE.

In July 2023 Coalition 2030 members attended the High Level Political Forum in New York where Ireland presented its Voluntary National Review on the SDGs.

Susanne Rogers, Research and Policy Analyst from Social Justice Ireland was part of the Coalition 2030 delegation. In this episode of Social Justice Matters, Susanne interviews other members of the HLPF delegation:

  • James Casey from Independent Living Movement Ireland

  • Stop Climate Chaos Coordinator Sadhbh O’Neill

  • Louise Finan, Head of Policy and Programmes at Dóchas

  • Sorley McCaughey, author of our parallel VNR, ‘Furthest Behind First or Falling Behind Further’

  • Meaghan Carmody, Coalition 2030 Coordinator

The HLPF 2023, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, was held from Monday, 10 July, to Friday, 14 July 2023 in New York. The high-level segment of the Council, including the three-day ministerial segment of the HLPF, was held from Monday, 17 July, to Thursday, 20 July 2023. Ireland presented its second Voluntary National Review during the second week and Dr. James Casey from the delegation responded from the floor of the UN.

In this episode, we gathered together to discuss the Coalition’s Report, Ireland’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) and what we brought to and away from the experience.

Ireland’s Second Voluntary National Review 2023 can be accessed HERE.

Watch Ireland’s VNR presentation and the civil society statement read by Dr. James Casey (VNR from 2:40:00, Civil society intervention from 3:18:50, Minister Ryan’s response from 3:32:20) HERE.

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