Fr Sean Healy SMA to address UN Forum on eradicating global poverty

Fr. Sean Healy SMA

Fr Sean Healy SMA, the founder/director of Social Justice Ireland, has been invited to the United Nations Headquarters, New York, to present a paper at a four-day Expert Group Meeting (EGM) that is addressing the theme: “Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All”. The meeting takes place from 8-11 May 2017.

The gathering of global experts has been assembled by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Social Policy and Development.

This is the second year that the theme has been addressed by experts following resolution E/CN.5/2016/L.4, in preparation for the fifth-sixth session of the UN Commission for Social Development to be held in February 2018, with the aim of producing a resolution. The 2016 forum was held between 1-3 June. 

The UN recognises that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, and is an integral sustainable development goal set for the year 2030, pledging to “leave no one behind”.

We have uploaded a Draft Aide-Memoire that outlines in detail the following matters that will be covered at the UN forum to be addressed by Fr Sean:

  1. Purpose of the meeting
  2. Background
  3. Objectives, Key Questions and Methodology
  4. Expected outputs
  5. Organizational and administrative matter

Fr Healy is scheduled to present at the beginning of Session 8, on Wednesday 10 May 2017, along with Mr Shiladitya Chattergee, Government of Assam, India and Ms Sandra Garcia, University of Los Andes. He will address the theme: “Strategies to combat poverty and generate decent employment in the European Union”.

In the wake of the worldwide interest sparked by the Brexit debate and the rise of anti-globalization forces within Europe and the USA, Fr. Healy’s paper will be of particular interest at this years forum.

The Draft Aide-Memoire may be accessed by clicking here.


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