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UCD In Conversation: Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to current and future generations. Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change starkest warning yet, urgent action to combat climate change and minimise its disruptions is integral to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the future of the planet. With the SDGs 2030 deadline looming, we want to explore what exactly these goals are; if we are globally on schedule to succeed in their implementation; how that can happen and what role Ireland plays in their development and adoption.

Join our host, UCD Earth Institute Director, Professor Tasman Crowe and expert panellists Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, UCD School of Politics and International Relations, with David Donoghue, Ireland's former Permanent Representative to the United Nations in a conversation led by Dr Orla Kelly, Assistant Professor in Social Policy at the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

In November 2019, UCD adopted UCD’s Strategy 2020-2024 ‘Rising to the Future’ within which the first of four strategic themes is ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’. As with all four strategic themes, this theme will operate and challenge the University community across all activities, including research, education, operations and engagement.

Hosted on Zoom, these lively, virtual discussions focus on critical global challenges and offer insights for uncertain times. UCD alumni are invited to tune in from home and submit questions for a Q&A session at the end of each interview. Our community of nearly 300,000 alumni is more connected than ever and there is no better time for us to rise to the future and inspire transformational change.

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Dec 9, 2021 01:00 PM in Dublin

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Dr Orla Kelly
Assistant Professor in Social Policy at the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice @UCD
Orla Kelly is an Assistant Professor in Social Policy at the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. She specialises in studying sustainable human well-being, eco-social policy, sustainable development, and the social dimensions of climate change. She received her PhD in environmental sociology from Boston College. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Center for Human Rights, NUI Galway and an MSc. in International Business from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Between 2010 and 2020 Dr Kelly worked as a research associate, and later a research fellow, at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University. She is currently Principal Investigator in three large grant-funded research projects at UCD, leading an international consortium of academics working at the intersection of education and climate change.
Professor Patrick Paul Walsh
Professor of International Development Studies @UCD
Professor Patrick Paul Walsh is currently a Full Professor of International Development Studies and an elected member of the UCD Governing Authority. He is the Director of the UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, Director of the UCD MSc in Sustainable Development in partnership with UN SDSN. Professor Walsh is a Senior Adviser to the UN SDSN, New York. Walsh represented universities as a member of the UN Major Group for Science and Technology in the intergovernmental negotiations on the SDGs. He received a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.
David Donoghue
Ireland’s Former Permanent Representative to the United Nations @United Nations
David Donoghue is a graduate of UCD (BA 1972, MA 1974) and also holds honorary doctorates from UCD and NUI. He was Ireland's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2013-17. In 2015 he co-facilitated, with his Kenyan colleague, the UN negotiations which agreed the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2016 he co-facilitated, with his Jordanian colleague, the negotiations which produced the New York Declaration on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees. As an Irish diplomat, he had a long involvement with the Northern Ireland peace process and was a member of the Irish Government team which negotiated the Good Friday Agreement. Today he is working in various think-tanks and academic communities on implementation of the SDGs, migration and refugee issues and conflict resolution.