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Ambassador David Donoghue


Ambassador David Donoghue


Sustainable Development

Ambassador David Donoghue was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017.

Ambassador Donoghue joined Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1975. He initially served in the Anglo-Irish Division. He then had postings to the Irish Embassy to the Holy See (1977-78), the Irish Embassy to Germany (1978-83), the Irish Permanent Mission to the UN (1987-88), and the Irish Embassy in London (1988-91). Ambassador Donoghue was also seconded to the French and Italian Foreign Ministries (1984-85). From 1995 to 1999, he served as Irish head of the Anglo-Irish Secretariat in Belfast. From 1999 to 2001, he was the ambassador to the Russian Federation. In 2001, he returned to Dublin as director-general of the Irish government’s development cooperation program. From 2004 to 2006, he served as ambassador to Austria and from 2006 to 2009, he was ambassador to Germany. From 2009 to August 2013, Ambassador Donoghue was the political director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin.

As Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Donoghue served as co-facilitator for three major negotiations related to sustainable development. He co-facilitated the major negotiation process in 2014-15 which led to the agreement on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. In September 2013, he co-facilitated a General Assembly conference which reviewed progress made on the MDGs, and in 2016, he co-facilitated the negotiations which agreed the New York Declaration on large movements of migrants and refugees.