Reflecting Ireland’s central role in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Irish Aid is committed to ensuring that Africa Day 2018 is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly event. In this light, Africa Day will be a strictly no parking event. Participants are strongly encouraged to leave their cars at home and to either walk, cycle or travel on public transport to Farmleigh. There will be free Dublin Bus shuttles from Parkgate Street near Heuston station to take guests to and from Farmleigh. This year’s Africa Day celebrations will be a free ticketed event and, in keeping with Irish’s Aid’s commitment to promoting the SDGs, participants are encouraged to present tickets on their phone to reduce paper waste.
University College Dublin (UCD) together with Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, have held an event in Brussels to explore the potential for new joint EU-UN mechanisms to enable a substantial global response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda, especially in the area of agri-food.
The event entitled “The Contribution of EU Research and Innovation to the UN SDGs” was held as part of the UCD’s ongoing dialogue with policy-makers and stakeholders to frame agriculture, nutrition and sustainability research priorities for Horizon Europe, the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.