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Minister welcomes successful conclusion at International Conference on Financing for Development


 The Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-Operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, has welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations and the adoption today of the “Addis Ababa Action Agenda” at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Ethiopia.

Speaking in Addis Ababa where he headed the Irish delegation this week, Minister Sherlock said:

“Today marks a significant step forward on our pledge to end poverty and create shared prosperity. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda will unlock the resources needed to end hunger and save the planet.

“This landmark agreement will provide the much needed resources, particularly for the world’s poorest countries, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals which we will adopt at the UN Summit in September.”

The Agenda will provide a new global framework for financing sustainable development for the next 15 years. It comprises measures and commitments to increase investment in crucial sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure and technology and raise domestic public revenues, including by scaling-up international tax cooperation, reducing illicit flows and strengthening business transparency. Countries also committed to increase Overseas Development Assistance and to focus on countries most in need, in particular Least Developed Countries, with a special focus on Africa.

Read the full agreement.

Press Office
16 July 2015

Notes to editors:

Irish Aid is the Government’s overseas assistance programme. It is managed by the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

•The Addis agreement is the first of three crucial events this year aimed at creating a sustainable future for all. Its outcome provides a strong foundation for countries to finance and adopt the proposed sustainable development agenda in New York in September, and to reach a binding agreement at the UN climate negotiations in Paris in December that will reduce global carbon emissions.

•Ireland, together with Kenya, is currently co-facilitating the negotiations for the UN Summit in September which will adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals and agree new global partnership for the next fifteen years.