Statement by Dominic MacSorley in response to An Taoiseach’s address to the UN Sustainable Development Summit

Statement by Dominic MacSorley in response to An Taoiseach’s address to the UN Sustainable Development Summit

28 September 2015

Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley has welcomed the speech made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the UN on Friday.

I’m very proud of Ireland's leadership on this historic day and for me, the critically important part of An Taoiseach’s address was his closing line, ‘Now, let us act’, for if we do nothing we fail. And if we fail, people will continue to suffer and die in ever increasing numbers as a result of conflict and hunger.

That is why I welcome Mr Kenny’s focus not just on addressing the immediate refugee crisis but on tackling the causes which drives people to flee their homes, and to risk their lives for an uncertain future. As we strive to 'leave no one behind', I also welcome Ireland’s consistent focus on the poorest countries, especially in Africa and the elimination of extreme hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

The Taoiseach’s reference to 0.7% – just weeks ahead of Budget 2016 – is a hopeful sign that the downward trend in overseas aid will be reversed and Ireland will get back on track to reaching the international target. This moment in history demands no less.

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Statement by Dominic MacSorley in response to An Taoiseach’s address to the UN Sustainable Development Summit

Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley has welcomed the speech made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the UN on Friday.