Irish NGOs call on Irish EU presidency to address poverty and climate change

Irish NGOs call on Irish EU presidency to address poverty and climate change

11 February 2013

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In the wake of the EU budget deal, Irish development NGOs are calling on European leaders to ensure the Irish EU Presidency is the moment when Europe kept its promise to the world’s poor people and the planet. Dóchas – the Irish Association of Development NGOs – will, today (Monday, 11 February), hold a press conference to launch their position paper, ‘The World We Want: the Opportunity of the Irish EU Presidency’.

The paper sets out key areas of action for the EU to address the root causes of global poverty and climate change. Speaking ahead of the event, Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas said,“Last Friday, European leaders announced that they had made a deal on the EU budget. Herman van Rompuy called this ‘a budget for the future’. We, as development NGOs, are saying that now is the time for the EU to bring about a better future for all of us, in Ireland, Europe and the world.”

“While the EU budget deal protected existing aid spending, the global challenges of poverty, climate change and conflict needs a better funded, multi-dimensional response that goes beyond aid. Tonight, EU development ministers will attend a meeting in Dublin Castle, hosted by the Irish Government, to discuss this challenge. We hope that they listen to our proposals for such a response,” Zomer continued.

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Irish NGOs call on Irish EU presidency to address poverty and climate change

From the press release: "In the wake of the EU budget deal, Irish development NGOs are calling on European leaders to ensure the Irish EU Presidency is the moment when Europe kept its promise to the world’s poor people and the planet."