Campaigners say meeting sustainable development goals isn't a 'cherry-picking exercise'

It has been two years since Ireland signed up to 17 sustainable goals

Campaigners say meeting sustainable development goals isn't a 'cherry-picking exercise'

Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Charities and NGOs have held a protest in Dublin calling on the Government to stand by sustainable development goals.

It's one of 800 events across 109 locations in the world, calling on governments to follow through on their commitments to Agenda 2030.

Ireland has signed up to 17 sustainable goals - which include ending hunger & poverty; providing quality education; the achievement of gender equality; and efforts to tackle climate change.

NGOs including Concern and Trocaire were among the organisations represented at the march through Dublin earlier, marking two years since the signing of the goals.

Suzanne Keating, CEO of Dochas, says the Government must show it’s committed to what it signed up to.

She argued: "This isn't a cherry-picking exercise. It's not 'I'll take this one, and I'll take the other'. What's absolutely critical is the linkage between them.

"If we can't deliver, then that's not good enough - this is about climate, this is about hunger & poverty, and this is about inequality. We fail on one, we fail on them all."

These protesters explained why they marched today: