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Prof Patrick Paul Walsh, Prof Enda Murphy and Dr David Horan of UCD are presenting at the UN High Level Political Form 2018 side event on Digital Governance and Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Development on July 18th in New York, alongside International Monetary Fund, UN SDSN and SDSN Youth, UN Library and UN DESA. The event will be opened by Minister Denis Naughten, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is hosted by Irish Mission.

The full title of the event is Combining Digital Governance and Stakeholder Knowledge to Promote Innovation and Transformative Actions in Support of the 2030 Agenda.

Outline of the event:

What are the opportunities for innovation and transformative solutions in digital governance that will  combine knowledge and expertise from academic science with the knowledge and experience from non-governmental stakeholders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? From digital governance to a whole of society interface with the implementation of the SDGs, an open dialogue between key stakeholders, followed by an open discussion.

Read the event Agenda.


Dr Purity Mwendwa graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for a thesis entitled “Implementation of MHealth for Community Health Workers: Lessons from Two Rural Districts in Rwanda” from UCD's Ph.D. in Human Development Program in the area of Global Public Health.

Purity Mwendwa is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems in Dublin, Ireland. In her current role, she works as part of the health systems research project-Global Health, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing health systems problems. Her PhD focused on the use of community health workers (CHWs) and mobile health (mHealth) technologies to strengthen the health system in rural Rwanda. Purity’s research is mainly focused on low-income settings and she is particularly interested in supporting initiatives that seek to reduce maternal and new-born mortality in these settings. Purity has recently published in the Development in Practice and Development Policy Review Journals. She recently contributed to the United Nations, 2016, Global Sustainable Development Report, Chapter 3 on “Perspectives of scientists on technology and the SDGs”. Purity is affiliated with the School of Nursing, Meru University of Science and Technology in Kenya.

The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an international organization set up by African Leaders to support African governments, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. The SDG Center for Africa Is based in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr. Belay Begashaw is the Director General and H.E. Paul Kagame,President of the Republic of Rwanda, Founding Board Chair. It is a partner of the UN SDSN Directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, special adviser on the SDGs to the UN Secretary General.

Details of the Center can be found on their website and on Facebook.

The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa hosted an important conference on "Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education" (Agenda). The conference brought together Vice Chancellor's from all over Africa and High Level Delegates to discuss Tertiary Education in Africa and strides that be made to ensure that African Universities address the UN 2030 Agenda and top the Global Ranking of Universities studying Sustainable Development by 2030. Prof Patrick Paul Walsh attended as a representative of the Education initiatives of UN SDSN and University College Dublin.

Session 3 of the conference focused on "Building Reputable University Systems in Africa"

Chair: Dr. Fred Swaniker, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network, South Africa

Presenter: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, Professor of International Development Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland

This session focused on the necessity for African universities to be considered as international institutions that attract students and scholars from all over the world, by upgrading their quality and global ranking. The session addresses the importance of the university system in building a strong reputation in an increasingly competitive global space, the development of multicultural communities of students and staff, preparing the students for global political and social environments; as well as the development of international alliances in research, education and business.

Prof Jeffrey Sachs with Prof Paul Walsh

Prof  Walsh reported the findings of this Session on “Building Reputable University Systems in Africa” during the SDG Center for Africa Conference on “Mobilizing African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education”

The talk is available on YouTube and you can view the slides here also (PPWalsh Slides).

The High-Level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’) was convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. In an interview with Future Earth, Professor Patrick Paul Walsh overviews the conference.

Prof Walsh speaking at the conference

Professor Paul Patrick Walsh, on behalf of University College Dublin, addressed the plenary session of the United Nations Oceans Conference in the General Assembly Hall.  It was the first time any University made an official statement at a plenary session of an official UN meeting in the General Assembly.   The UN Sustainable Project was designed to be implemented by Member States and UN Major Stockholder Groups.  Hence UCD spoke as a member of the UN Major Group for Science and Technology and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).  Professor Patrick Paul Walsh outlined the emergency of governing the 'global commons' and how we can remedy negative global trends.

Governance of the global commons is becoming an emergency for all. Once the tragedy of the commons is addressed, we believe that stakeholder partnerships can be incentivized with appropriate technologies and policies at local levels that can remedy these negative global trends.

The full text of Professor Walsh’s speech can be accessed here.

A video recording of the intervention can be found here. 

Professor Walsh led the UCD delegation in attendance at the UN Ocean Conference. He was accompanied by the Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in the College of Social Sciences and Law, Dr Richard Collins, plus SPIRe PhD Candidate, Mohammed AlRizeiqi and the Auditor of the recently formed UCD Politics and International Relations Society, Sarah El Said.

University College Dublin also hosted a breakfast in the Irish Mission to the UN and an UN Ocean Conference Side Event entitled “Combining Stakeholder Knowledge to Promote Innovation and Transformative Actions in Support of Sustainable Development Goal 14” in partnership with Kiel University, UN SDSN and Future Earth.

Contributions among others by:

  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel University
  • Patrick Paul Walsh, University College Dublin (UCD
  • Richard Collins, University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Mohammed Al Rizeiqi, University College Dublin (UCD)

Details of UN Side Event can be found on the program from June 9th and a recording of the side event is also available.