'Budget 2021 must protect critical funding for world’s poorest'
Ireland’s largest humanitarian organisation, Concern Worldwide, is urging the Government to protect the existing budget for Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the upcoming Budget.
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Dominic MacSorley, Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide, has today welcomed the newly agreed Programme for Government.
"The Programme for Government agreed today sets out an ambitious transformative agenda for a more equal society on the domestic and international front. I warmly welcome the Government’s commitments on Overseas Development Aid. Recognising that conflict, climate crisis and now COVID-19, have pushed billions of people into even further desperate humanitarian crisis, the Government commitment to making annual, sustainable progress to achieving 0.7% of Gross National Income towards ODA by 2030 could not be more timely.
"I also strongly support the commitment to continued multi-annual funding for humanitarian action, further commitment towards climate finance and climate action and the reassurance that Ireland’s aid programme will remain untied to trade.
"In a week where the United Nations will vote on whether Ireland, Canada or Norway will get a seat on the UN Security Council, this ambitious programme for government will send a message of confidence to all member states that Ireland will take bold leadership to ensure that the UN Sustainable Goals are met and that achieving a world where nobody is left behind is possible on this shared, fragile planet.”
For media queries or to organise an interview contact Jason Kennedy, Media Relations Officer, Concern Worldwide, at firstname.lastname@example.org.