Issued by the Government Press Office
Taoiseach will tell UN Climate Summit that Ireland will ring fence all new revenues from carbon tax for climate action and a just transition
The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, today (Monday) begins a 5 day diplomatic and trade mission to New York and Los Angeles. The Taoiseach’s programme in New York is centred on the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, where he will join Heads of State and Government from around the world for a series of Leaders’ Summits.
Today, he will participate in the UN Climate Action Summit, where he will make a national statement outlining Ireland’s approach to climate action. He will tell the Summit that from next year, the Irish Government will ring fence additional revenues raised from carbon tax to fund climate action and a just transition.
The Taoiseach is expected to tell the UN General Assembly later today
Later today, the Taoiseach will join leaders including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, President Emmanueal Macron of France and King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss progress with the Christchurch Call to Action on tackling online terrorist content. This follows the Summit held in Paris earlier this year.
Speaking about the Christchurch Call to Action the Taoiseach said
Tomorrow (Tuesday) the Taoiseach will attend the opening session of the General Assembly, as well as a Leader’s Lunch hosted by the UN Secretary General António Guterres. On Wednesday, the Taoiseach will represent Ireland at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
The Taoiseach will also have a series of bilateral meetings with other leaders to discuss issues including Brexit and Ireland’s candidature for a seat on the UN Security Council. Ireland is campaigning for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term. Our bid for a seat on the Council is an important element of Global Ireland 2025, the Government’s strategy to double the scale and impact of Ireland’s international presence. Ireland goes forward for election to the Security Council at roughly 20 year intervals. We are competing with Canada and Norway for one of two seats available.
All 194 Member States of the United Nations are represented at the General Assembly, making the annual meeting in September a unique opportunity to engage in and deepen bilateral relations with Heads of State and Government from around the world.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Taoiseach will travel on to Los Angeles for a two-day economic programme focused on growing tourism, trade and inward investment between Ireland and the US West Coast, with a particular focus on the creative industries.
He will open the new Consulate General of Ireland, accompanied by Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. The new Consulate is the latest in a series of new diplomatic missions being opened under the Government’s Global Ireland initiative. He will conclude his programme on Friday afternoon at an event for the local Irish Community at Loyola Marymount University.