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Government launches public consultation on Ireland’s new international development policy

Jul 13, 2018
The Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, and the Minister for State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD, have jointly launched the public consultation on Ireland’s new international development policy.

The Tánaiste said: "This new international development policy is an integral part of the deepening of Ireland’s global influence. Our development programme last year reached over 120 countries, it is recognised as one of the best in the world. Its good reputation opens doors for Ireland across the world, not least at the United Nations in New York, where the world comes together to discuss global problems and – we hope – agree global solutions. We need to build on this reputation."

He also stressed the need for innovation. "We are connected in new ways to places where we have longstanding relationships rooted in solidarity and friendships – connections which require us to review our engagement and ensure that it is fit for purpose into the future."

Speaking to representatives from business, civil society, Irish universities and others with an interest in Ireland’s relationship with the wider world, the Tánaiste invited a wide range of contributions – beyond the traditional development constituency.

"A new international development policy will allow us to refresh our approach in a rapidly evolving global context… our starting point is to build on what we are good at, and be coherent with what we do at home. Your insights, direction and thinking will help define and refine our thinking."

The new policy will present a vision for Ireland’s contribution to building a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world. It will focus on 'leave no one behind' and in particular in reaching the furthest behind first, in line with Ireland’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. It is anticipated that the new policy will open opportunities for new and different partnerships which will be good for both Ireland and its partners.

A series of public consultation meetings will take place in September and early October. The call for written submissions is now open and those interested in learning more can download the consultation paper from the website.

The closing date for receipt of submissions online is 5pm on 23 August 2018.