On 25th September 2015, the United Nations’ member states adopted the new 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (17 Global Goals). At the same time, Pope Francis (who published his Encyclical Laudato Si’ - On Care for our Common Home) and other leaders including the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change have appealed to all people of goodwill to consider ways of living less wastefully and more frugally, manifesting less greed and more generosity for the protection of people and planet in prosperity, peace and partnership.
In 2016, the critical first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in order to underline the importance of Goal 1 (End Poverty) and Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) in the Global Goals, a "Light The Way" Candlelit Vigil to mark World Food Day (16.10) and End Poverty Day (17.10) will take place on Sunday 16 October from 7pm to 7.45pm, starting at the Famine Memorial Statues (Custom House Quay).
In a symbolical walk, a human chain of lights will be created on Custom House Quay between the Famine Statues and the "17 October Human Rights and Poverty Stone" to link:
- World Food Day and Interanational Day for the Eradication of Poverty (16 and 17 October)
- Goal 2 and Goal 1 of the 2030 Agenda - see www.globalgoals.org
- Past and Future generations
All faith leaders in the Dublin area are invited to attend this gathering to show solidarity in silence, meditation or prayer with those still trapped in poverty and hunger.
Event will be a way to call on all citizens to contribute to the achievements of these ambitious goals and to ensure that no one is left behind.