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Global Justice Day Conference
How should we measure progress? We hear reports of economic trends every day, but the economy is only one aspect of a well-functioning and sustainable society. At Social Justice Ireland, we are interested in measuring real progress, taking into account the economic, environmental and social factors that influence our well-being as a society.
Social Justice Ireland marks 'UN World Day of Social Justice' each year with a free seminar looking at Ireland's progress to date in meeting our responsibilities under the Global Goals.
On World Day of Social Justice, we will launch the Sustainable Progress Index for 2018. This index is based around the Global (Sustainable Development) Goals. It will measure how Ireland is performing on social, economic and environmental indicators, and will also compare Ireland with other members of the European Union, specifically our peer countries in the EU-15. This will include a presentation from Professor Charles Clark of St John's University in New York and Catherine Kavanagh of University College, Cork.
Respondents to the paper Michael Taft and Niamh Garvey will then address the issues of work and employment, and on Ireland's place and responsibilities on the global stage. There will be opportunity to discuss the issues raised by the Index and ways to address them.
10:00: 'Measuring Progress: Economy, Society and Environment in Ireland
Sustainable Progress Index 2018
Dr Catherine Kavanagh, University College Cork
Professor Charles M.A. Clark, St John's University, New York
Presentation of the new Index, followed by Q & A
11:30: Response from a national and international perspective
Employment and jobs: Michael Taft, Economic Analyst and author of the Notes On The Front blog
Ireland and the Developing World: Niamh Garvey, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Trocaire
National and International responses to the Index, followed by Q & A
12:30: Closing Remarks and next steps
Sean Healy, Director, Social Justice Ireland