Forthcoming Events

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(1) Voices for Dignity and Human Rights to End Poverty - Candlelit Vigil and Symbolic Walk: 17 November 2018, 5pm - 5.45pm, Famine Statues, Custom House Quay, Dublin

We invite you and citizens from Dublin to attend a symbolic candlelit walk from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Custom House Quay on 17 November, to remind Leo Varadkar and Regina Doherty that they both made a Social Rights Promise in the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017 as well as to call on members of all churches and faith people, christian or non christian, to join the global movement to End Poverty by 2030. Church and Spiritual Movement Leaders including Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin will attend the walk. During the 40 meters long symbolic walk, we will stop three times and read some short extracts of "Voices for Dignity" a book launched one month ago on the 2018 UN End Poverty Day. Find out more.

(2) STAND Book Club with Ailbhe Smyth: 19 November, 6pm - 7pm, Books Upstairs, 17 D'Olier St, Dublin

STAND Book Club provides a space for people to get together and talk about books that opened their minds, made them mad, got them to see the world differently or encouraged them to take action. Our guest speakers are Irish activists, thinkers and campaigners who come to share their personal stories about their motivations, their experiences and their thoughts about local and global justice issues. The speaker for our November book club is Ailbhe Smyth, an Irish academic, feminist and lesbian activist. She has chosen 'Sister Outsider' by Audre Lorde as her book of the month. There will be €5 entry fee on the night with funds going to a group of Ailbhe's choice - Women's Aid. Come along to Books Upstairs at 6pm on 19 November; all are welcome! Find out more.

(3) Sir Paul Collier: Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Oxford - 'Resolving the Migration Crisis by Rethinking Relations with Africa': 19 November, 12.45pm - 2pm, IIEA, 8 North Great George's St, Dublin

In his address to the Institute, Professor Collier will draw a comparison between Ireland, with its history of mass emigration and economic underperformance, and Africa, a continent suffering from the same plight today. He will argue that Europe could do far more to enable the African economy to catch up and to reduce the factors that force people to leave. In his view, emigration was not what enabled Ireland to catch up, and it cannot be the solution to African poverty; by rethinking how we can truly help Africa, we can escape the divisive and confused debates about irregular migration. Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. His research covers fragile states; restoring growth in African economies, the implications of group psychology for development; migration and refugees; urbanisation in poor countries, a program which has just won challenge funding from the Foreign Office; and the crisis in modern capitalism, which is the subject of his most recent book, The Future of Capitalism, published in October. Sir Paul received a knighthood in 2014 for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa and has been listed as one of the hundred most influential public thinkers in five of the past ten years. This event is open to the public as part of the IIEA’s Future of the EU27, which is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Register.

(4) DSAI Discussion on Ireland’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: 20 November, 6.30pm, Room 5052, 5th Floor, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Around the world, the impacts of conflict, efforts to prevent it, and approaches to build and sustain peace in its aftermath, are all profoundly gendered. Almost 20 years after UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, progress on the prevention of conflict, protection of women’s rights, and their empowerment in decision-making and peacebuilding, lags far behind the ambition of this landmark framework. National Action Plans can be vital tools for localising the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. As Ireland’s Second National Action Plan comes to a close, join this discussion with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from Department of Foreign Affair’s Conflict Resolution Unit, to reflect on achievements, lessons learned and future opportunities for ambitious action. Find out more.

(5) IDEA Conversation Series: How can we make our Development Education more relevant in today’s world?: 20 November, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway

The Irish Development Education Association’s (IDEA) final Conversation Circle for this year will be led by Dr Eilish Dillon and will explore How we can make our Development Education more relevant in today’s world. This will take place Tuesday, 20 November, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, in The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway. Find out more.

(6) Failed Promises or Real Progress: Ireland's Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: 21 November, 8.30am - 10.30am, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland1 Setanta Place, Dublin

On Wednesday 21 November, Coalition 2030 will officially launch its report on Ireland's implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. This report is the most comprehensive analysis ever of Ireland's record on sustainable development. The event will be held in the The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland from 8.30am to 10.30am and will explore how Ireland is performing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals - from housing, to inclusive growth, from climate change to gender equality; and our recommendations for policy action to achieve a better future for all. For more information, please contact Coalition 2030 represents over 100 civil society organisations, from international and domestic NGOs to youth organisations, environmental groups, academics, and trade unions. Its member organisations work in a broad variety or areas in Ireland and in over 50 countries around the world.

(7) Ciarán Cannon T.D., Minister of State for International Development and the Diaspora - 'Towards Ireland’s New Approach to Development': 21 November, 12.45pm - 2pm, IIEA, 8 North Great George's St, Dublin

Ciarán Cannon T.D., Minister for International Development and the Diaspora will give his perspectives on the Government’s new development policy which is nearing finalisation. His address will focus on how Ireland is positioning itself internationally through its development cooperation and humanitarian assistance to respond to a rapidly changing global context. Ciarán Cannon T.D. was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development in June 2017. Minister Cannon is a T.D. representing Galway East. Previously, he was the Minister for Training & Skills at the Department of Education & Skills. He was elected to Dáil Eireann in February 2011. This event is part of the 2018 Development Matters Lecture Series, which the IIEA is co-hosting with Irish Aid. Find out more and register.

(8) Emergency Laws, Counter Terrorism and Human Rights: 21 November, 5.30pm - 8.30pm, The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin

On 21 November the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, will give a talk on counter-terrorism measures and their impact on human rights. Register. Prof Ní Aoláin is a leading global authority on emergency law and human rights, and is the only Irish UN Mandate Holder. She will give an overview of her work at the UN as well as touching on issues closer to home, including the ongoing use of emergency powers in ordinary law and special courts in Ireland. The hosts of the talk, ICCL and INCLO, invite you to a drinks reception previous to the talk, where Prof Ní Aoláin will host the Irish launch of two separate reports by INCLO and Privacy International detailing the need for regulation of global intelligence sharing.

(9) Women Alone - A Unique Theatre Experience: 22 November, 7pm - 8.30pm, Bewley's Café Theatre, 78-79 Grafton St, Dublin

Oxfam Ireland invites you to a unique event on Thursday 22 November in Bewley’s Café Theatre. This free event features a performance of Women Alone, a play by Joanne O’Connor, followed by a panel discussion. Inspired by the strength and resilience of the women we work with across our long-term development and humanitarian programmes, this thought-provoking play resonates profoundly as it tells a fictionalised version of the faraway stories we hear again and again in familiar accents against an Irish landscape. After the play, there will be space to reflect on the important role women play in lifting people out of poverty and helping communities to rebuild after disaster through an engaging discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  

(10) Meet your UN Youth Delegate - Dublin: 1 December, 10am - 1pm (TBC), venue TBC

Meet your UN Youth Delegate! Attend a free 3 hour meeting with Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates Aisling O’Boyle and Jamie Moore. Who this is for: Young people and those who work with young people. Who is facilitating the meeting: Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates Aisling O’Boyle and Jamie Moore. Objectives of the Meeting: To hear and include the voice of young people on development and global citizenship issues; To familiarise young people in Ireland with the United Nations, global development issues and opportunities for involvement; To promote development and youth policies among young people in Ireland; To support greater engagement on the Sustainable Development Goals. Register.