Sustainable Development Goals: Getting 193 countries to sign off on   2030 Agenda was widely considered a major achievement for the UN while also strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a serious player on international development stage

In the end, everything hinged on a single letter. After almost a year of talks, months of redrafting, an all-night negotiating session and the largest(...)

Former SDLP leader  John Hume: provided  colourful description of the Ulster Defence Regiment. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The INLA was described as a “bunch of lunatics” by Catholic priests Denis Faul and Raymond Murray during the organisation’s 1985 hunger strikes. A (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  has said the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals, negotiations for which were co-chaired by Ireland’s permanent representative to the UN, were a “tangible manifestation” of the UN’s capacity to deliver “positive outcomes”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The UN must use its 70th anniversary to appraise the international community’s failures to prevent war, genocide, forced displacement and deprivation,(...)

David Donoghue, Ireland’s ambassador to the UN: ‘At the moment, our stock is very high.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A series of events has been organised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations, yet the agreement of th(...)

Sustainable Development Goals will replace the Millennium Development Goals.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will join Pope Francis and leaders from around the globe today in New York to ratify the Sustain(...)

An Eritrean mother with child waits for an opportunity to cross the fences to the tracks as French police tries to block access on the outskirts of Calais, France. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

After months of negotiations, the 193 United Nations member states have agreed on the new global Sustainable Development Goals which are to be adopted(...)

David Donoghue: “It’s to get away from this idea that there is one part of the world, which has somehow got it right, in effect telling the rest of the world what to do.”

This year is a big deal for the United Nations. Not only are there high hopes for a landmark deal on tackling climate change at a conference in Paris (...)

The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, which Luxembourg’s MEP Charles Goerens says has brought shame on Europe, may finally create the impetus needed to end this rhetoric and initiate action. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

“Our world. Our dignity. Our future.” Written in bright, eye-catching colours, the European Year for Development slogan drapes across the courtyard of(...)

Ireland and Kenya have been appointed by the United Nations to lead international negotiations over the coming year on new international development targets - covering matters such as poverty and education - for the period to 2030. Photographed is a a student raising her hand in a primary school in Baghdad. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters.

Ireland and Kenya have been appointed by the United Nations to lead international negotiations over the coming year on new international development t(...)

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In the coming weeks more than 20 new Ambassadors will take up postings at Embassies around the world in one of Ireland’s biggest diplomatic reshuff(...)