Cuala participated in a creative workshop with Dublin’s SAOL Project and NGO Fourth World ATD (All Together in Dignity) highlighting the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This is part of a developing cultural project for women in Ireland and the U.S. whose lives are affected by poverty and addiction.

Fourth World ATD commissioned Susan, who is also a Grammy-winning singer songwriter, to write a song for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and perform it at the event they annually host at the United Nations. The songs’ lyrics are comprised of testimonies of people living homeless in Dublin. Susan performed the song at the UN with fellow Irish singer songwriter Michael Brunnock on 17 October 2018.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was launched in 1987 by ATD Fourth World founder Joseph Wresinski who grew up in poverty and experienced social exclusion. “Extreme poverty is the work of mankind and only mankind can destroy it,” he wrote.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were written by former Irish Ambassador to the UN David Donoghue.