On the 24 November 2017, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fourth annual conference, ‘The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration’. This is a podcast of the closing keynote address presented by Ambassador David Donoghue, Former Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations. His address was entitled 'The 2018 Global Refugee Compact: An opportunity to revisit the international protection regime?'
A full program, along with conference papers and presentations, can be found here.
About the Speaker
Ambassador David Donoghue has had a long and varied career in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, having been involved in, among others, the Northern Ireland peace process and the ground-breaking Good Friday Agreement (1998). He has served as Irish Ambassador in Russia, Germany and Austria, was Director General of Ireland’s development co-operation programme from 2001-2004, and Political Director with responsibility for Ireland’ s overall foreign policy from 2009-13. From 2013-2017 Ambassador Donoghue was the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York, where he served as co-facilitator (with Kenya) for the UN negotiations leading to adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. He was also co-facilitator (with Jordan) for the negotiations which produced the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016. Notwithstanding his retirement in September 2017, Ambassador Donoghue remains actively involved in the follow-up to the New York Declaration and the two Global Compacts, one on Refugees and one on Migration, each of which will be completed in late 2018. Besides these two initiatives, he also continues to contribute to the challenges associated with implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.