Yesterday, Charge d’Affaires Lisa Doherty joined fellow Irish Aid Heads of Development for a three day meeting at Iveagh House in Dublin to discuss the transformative potential of Ireland’s new development policy A Better World.
A Better World, is a new Irish government policy with a re-aligned focus on gender equality, climate action, good governance and combatting poverty.
Ms Doherty said it is “great to be participating in this meeting of Irish Aid Heads of Development to discuss how we implement Ireland’s new development policy, A Better World, on the ground in order to leave no one behind.”
Speaking during February’s launch event for A Better World, hosted by the Sustainable Development Goals Unit in University College Dublin, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. said:
“I believe in an Ireland that is at the centre of the world, an economy open to trade and investment, a committed member of the European Union and the United Nations, a country committed to peace, human rights and multilateralism. Our commitment to continue to increase funding for International Development as part of the Global Ireland programme is central to realising this vision. But it’s not just about money. It’s about outcomes. So we have chosen to focus on a few areas in which we believe we can make a real difference including gender equality, governance, climate action and reducing humanitarian need.
“Climate change, terrorism, inequality and migration are worldwide challenges. We cannot solve them on our own. We need to take global action. It’s the right thing to do but it’s also in our interest to do it.”
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., added: “This policy provides the framework for the Government’s commitment in Global Ireland to reach the international target for overseas development assistance of 0.7% of GNI by 2030. In doing so, our investments will focus on the furthest behind first.
“This is not only a moral imperative – it is also in Ireland’s strategic self-interest. Expanding our development cooperation is an investment in a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world.”
A Better World focuses on conflict prevention, sustainable food systems, health and education, and dealing with humanitarian emergencies. It raises the emphasis on gender and climate action across Ireland’s international development programme and reinforces Ireland’s contribution to multilateralism where countries co-operate for the greater good.
The policy also places a strong emphasis on partnerships with civil society and Ireland’s membership of the European Union, on innovation and on sharing Ireland’s own experiences in international development.
The Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., underlined the importance of these dimensions, saying:
“It is only through coming together with others that the great challenges of our time, such as climate change, poverty and conflict, can be addressed.”
A Better World is designed to enhance Ireland’s role in dealing with global challenges, and build on the strong reputation that Ireland has gained in international development since it launched its first programme in 1974.
It compliments Global Ireland, the Government’s initiative to double the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint in the period to 2025. Global Ireland is the most ambitious renewal and expansion of Ireland’s international presence ever undertaken in terms of diplomacy, culture, business, overseas aid, tourism and trade.