Concern welcomed the report's dual focus on fighting hunger and building peace.
Mr MacSorley explained: “In recent years there has been an escalation of both conflict and hunger and the shadow of famine hung over four countries last year.
“The scandal of hunger and the harrowing reality of conflict are stains on our humanity and demand of us to scale up our solidarity and our leadership.
“Ireland has the history, the credibility and the credentials to play a leadership role in addressing both challenges.
“Taking on a leadership role would be an appropriate and fitting centrepiece to our new development policy and indeed our campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council.
“Ireland showed incredible skill in brokering a global agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals. We secured a global commitment to the notion of ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘getting to the furthest behind first’.
"These are the tenets which can guide our next development policy and today’s report provides further valuable guidance to inform its shape and substance.”
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