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Leaders gather in Dublin

The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) conference is taking place in Dublin today.

The two-day forum brings together governments and focuses on harnessing technology to improve the lives of those living in urban poverty. 

Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland at the WACAP conference in the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Karen Morgan, Concern Worldwide


Worldwide, more people now live in cities than in rural areas – a trend that is set to continue. By 2050, an estimated 70% of the world population will live in cities, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development
Speaking ahead of the event, Helen Clark of the United Nations Development Programme  outlined the aim of the forum:
Cities should offer social, economic and political opportunities for citizens to reach their full potential. WACAP is meant as a contribution, with our partners, to facilitate this process.

Keynote speakers

Our CEO, Tom Arnold, will be speaking at the event alongside former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of United Nations Women, Michelle Bachelet and a host of other international speakers.

Ireland’s EU presidency

This year’s forum in Dublin coincides with Ireland’s hosting of the presidency of the European Union. WACAP is led by UNDP  and an executive steering committee consisting of the cities of Florence (Italy), Malaga (Spain) and Huy (Belgium), Monaco, Nantes (France) and Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Dublin (Ireland), in addition to United Nations Insititue for Training and Research and UN Women.  

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