On 13th September 2023, ‘Ireland Day’ led by UCD as part of the Science Summit at the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) will bring international experts together at the Irish Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York, to discuss the important role of research and collaboration in attaining the UN SDGs and examine how Ireland is contributing to these global objectives.
UCD staff, students and friends are welcome to attend the event livestreaming from New York. Please see the registration details below.
13 September, 9.30am-11am EST
Our current food systems fall short in meeting the necessary economic, social, and environmental requirements for ensuring food security and nutrition for everyone. Our food supplies are constantly disrupted by extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, floods, droughts, and conflicts. World leaders participating in the UN Food System Summit in October 2021, reached a consensus: a radical transformation of our food system is necessary to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and effectively tackle the interconnected challenges of climate change, malnutrition, and obesity. Two years later and two years closer to the 2030 deadline, where are we on the sustainable food systems transformation journey? What’s working, what’s not and what can we learn from each other? How can answering the question about how we transform our own system and the difficulties we face help us and help others globally facing similar challenges? Our panel of leading experts will address how we find a sustainable, equitable food system that can feed people and the planet.
13 September, 11.15am-12noon EST
In Ireland the Citizens’ Assembly is an effective tool bringing the public into debates surrounding constitutional and political reform. When used correctly, they can be a powerful tool for change. Ireland is seen as a trailblazer in this space underpinning referenda linked to significant constitutional change such as marriage equality as well as a national policy on biodiversity. In a conversation with Tom Arnold, Prof David Farrell will share insights from the genesis of this project in Ireland, moderated by Triona McCormack. They will also highlight learnings from other models of deliberative democracies taking shape internationally and reflect on the significance for democracy of processes like this.
13 September, 12.15pm to 1pm EST
The Good Friday Agreement, 25 years ago, ended decades of conflict that caused thousands to lose their lives and embedded deep divisions among the people of Northern Ireland. Resulting from the Agreement a partnership was signed between the Departments of Health for Northern Ireland, Ireland and the US National Cancer Institute giving rise to the Ireland-Northern Ireland - National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium with the aim of reducing cancer incidence and mortality on the island of Ireland through cross-border and transatlantic collaborations in cancer research and education. The panel will discuss how this collaboration has opened up other health partnerships across the island of Ireland.