Conflict displaces millions of people every year. The level of destruction caused by conflict results in people losing their homes, communities and livelihoods. There are currently 70.8 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, and 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict or persecution.
We might not feel that Ireland can play a role in global peace but it already does and this needs to be strengthened. Ireland must use its seat at the table at the European Union and its a vote at the United Nations to promote peace, sustainable development and equality.
Ireland’s new development policy A Better World is the most ambitious and far-reaching of our generation. With a clear focus on reaching those ‘furthest behind first’ the policy commits to building a better world with the poorest and most vulnerable at the centre.
“In a world where conflict and climate change have pushed the numbers of people in need to unprecedented levels, it is vital that as a nation we retain our compassion and our commitment to overseas aid and a better world,” Mr MacSorley said.
The next Government must implement Ireland’s foreign development policy A Better World and commit to reaching 0.7% of Gross National Income in overseas development aid by 2030.
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