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Heydi Foster, CEO and Anne Carthy, Donor Engagement and Communications Manager were part of the Irish delegation at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) held in New York. Read Anne’s blog below.

 


Misean Cara at the UN High Level Political Forum on SDGs

It was a real privilege to attend the High level Political Forum at the UN, and to meet with our ECOSOC members in New York. We successfully raised awareness of the work of Misean Cara with a number of key organisations and set a foundation for future UN-linked advocacy work.

Coalition 2030 members meeting with Mr. Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment ahead of the VNR process at the HLPF.

Coalition 2030 members meeting with Mr. Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment ahead of the VNR process at the HLPF.

Mr. Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment presenting the VNR at the HLPF.

Mr. Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment presenting the VNR at the HLPF.

Heydi Foster with Irish youth delegates Lauren Flanagan (24) from Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow and Paul Dockery (23) from Rooskey in County Leitrim.

Heydi Foster with Irish youth delegates Lauren Flanagan (24) from Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow and Paul Dockery (23) from Rooskey in County Leitrim.

Heydi Foster meeting with Sr Cecilia O'Dwyer IBVM, Sr Winifred Doherty GSS and Fr Tom Brennan SDB who are permanent representatives for their Missionary organisations at the UN.

Heydi Foster meeting with Sr Cecilia O’Dwyer IBVM, Sr Winifred Doherty GSS and Fr Tom Brennan SDB who are permanent representatives for their Missionary organisations at the UN.

Misean Cara members with ECOSOC status, meeting with Heydi Foster.

Misean Cara members with ECOSOC status, meeting with Heydi Foster.

Heydi Foster and Jillian Abbale of The World Council for Churches NY and UN, sharing on stories of migration and displacement in South Sudan.

Heydi Foster and Jillian Abbale of The World Council for Churches NY and UN, sharing on stories of migration and displacement in South Sudan.

Misean Cara at the HLPF

From 9th July to 18th July 2018, more than a thousand governments, businesses and civil society leaders gathered at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York.

Heydi and I were pleased to be able to attend the HLPF this year as part of the Irish delegation and witness Ireland’s first ever Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the country’s progress to date on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

High-level Political Forum

The UN HLPF has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the global level. The HLPF takes stock of progress and discusses challenges and successes. The Forum aims to ‘ramp up engagement on the Goals’ and provides an opportunity for countries to highlight their efforts.

The theme of this year’s Forum was “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and specific Goals were reviewed in depth: Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), Goal 15 (Life on Land) and Goal 17 (Partnerships).

Voluntary National Review

Each year a number of countries self-select to present a Voluntary National Review. This year 47 countries presented VNRs which detailed the actions taken by each country to achieve the SDGs and the challenges faced.

On 17th July, the Irish Government presented Ireland’s first ever Voluntary National Review updating the UN on the country’s progress to date on the SDGs. As part of that, the Government attached a Compendium of Contributions from National Stakeholders in Ireland, which included a submission from Misean Cara.

Read our article ‘Urgent Action Needed on SDGs: The Time is Now‘ for Misean Cara’s key observations on Ireland’s SDG implementation and our suggestions for the future.

Meetings on the East Coast of the US

Whilst in the US, Heydi and I met with a range of organisations to build relationships with Misean Cara and raise awareness of our members’ work. Heydi visited a number of organisations in Boston before I met her in Washington DC to visit foundations and agencies.

In New York, Heydi and I met with some of our members with ECOSOC status. More than 25 Misean Cara members have Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This is the highest status granted by the UN to NGOs and allows them to participate in the United Nations.

More Information 

You can see some of the tweets posted during our visit on our Twitter Moment. Follow Misean Cara on Twitter @MiseanCara.

Photo caption: Heydi Foster meeting with Br Kevin Cawley Edmund Rice International, visiting the UN Security Council auditorium at the UN.