Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Moving in the Right Direction: A series of five symposia on responding to the needs of refugee children: 13-20 October, St. Patrick’s University Hospital, James’ St, Dublin 8 and the Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, Upper O’Connell St, Dublin 1

This a week-long programme of symposia focusing on best practice and research in key areas relating to child refugees: Early Childhood Education and Care; Mental Health; Community Support and Integration; Know Your Rights - the Rights of Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children and Education. Please note places are limited. Book your ticket via Eventbrite. Find out more.

(2) Safe World Summit: 22-23 October, The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dublin

Safe World Summit 2018 is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to join an unprecedented global gathering of thought leaders, innovators, change makers and warriors from across industries, social causes and life experiences in the first ever event of it’s kind in Europe. The focus will be on revolutionising thinking on matters such as gender, inclusion, diversity, equality, peace, justice, safety, well being and courageous leadership. Find out more.

(3) DSAI Annual Conference 2018 - The Development, Conflict and Security Nexus: Theory and Practice: 23 - 24 October

Key Note Address by Prof Nic Cheeseman author of ‘How to Rig an Election’. We will examine the securitisation of development, the high numbers of conflict and violent situations, its effects on society, people, democracy and world stability as well as the existing mechanisms to address this such as the Sustaining Peace Agenda, Inclusive Peace, SDG 16, etc. We will look at how integrating violence reduction strategies and peacebuilding into humanitarian programmes is carried out, ensuring better and longer term funding for interventions in protracted crises and influencing policy and resolutions at the international and regional level. Find out more.

(4) Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development - Annual Conference on 'Transformation Pathways for Developing Country Agriculture': 24 October, 9am - 3pm, Iveagh House, Dublin

On 24 October, the Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development will host its third annual conference on the theme of ‘Transformation Pathways for Developing Country Agriculture’. The event will feature a keynote address from Dr Steve Wiggins (Overseas Development Institute, UK). This will be followed by dedicated panel sessions on diet and nutrition, sustainability indicators in agriculture and food systems, and on ecological-based agriculture, including presentations from Tom Arnold, Professor Jessica Fanzo, Professor Ken Giller, Professor Rachel Bezner Kerr and Dr David Styles. Find out more and register

(5) Griffith College Lunchtime Seminar - Imagine there's no blasphemy law: 24 October, 1pm, AF102, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road

With Guest Speaker Liam Herrick. Mr. Liam Herrick is Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Prior to his appointment, he worked as Advisor to President Michael D. Higgins and is currently a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Article 40.6.1 of the Irish Constitution states: “The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.” Mr. Herrick will talk about the current Blasphemy Law in Ireland ahead of the Referendum on 26 October. He will talk about the concept of blasphemy and the effect of criminalisation of such on a democratic society. Finally, he will explain how freedom of speech and freedom of religion can coexist in the Irish society.

(6) Tackling Forced Displacement: People, Poverty & Rights: 25 October, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin

Misean Cara will be hosting a morning seminar from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday 25 October 2018 at Wood Quay Venue in Dublin, linked to the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. 'Tackling Forced Displacement: People, Poverty & Rights' will discuss forced displacement as a cause of poverty and a serious human rights concern. The seminar will hear from Irish missionary organisations working in the Global South to support people who have been forcibly displaced. The seminar will also address linkages to displacement, rights and advocacy issues in Ireland and internationally. Find out more and register.

(7) Discussing the Realities of SDG 15: Climate Action: 29 October, 7pm - 9pm, The Temperance Hall, New St, Longford

Development Perspectives would like to invite you to the next #SDGchallenge workshop. Since 1990, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased by almost 50%, and with Ireland set to face a shortfall in achieving the 2020 target of reducing our emission levels by 20%, its time to discuss this goal further. Join us on 29 October in Longford for this interactive session to discuss the various components of goal 13 highlighting the current situation with regards Climate Change both globally and locally. Register today to reserve your place. For more information, please contact: Sign up for the #SDGchallenge today.

(8) 21st Irish European Law Forum Conference - Human Rights, Poverty and Social Justice: 3 November, Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin

The UCD Centre for Human Rights and the University of Glasgow School of Law are delighted to present the 21st Irish European Law Forum conference on 'Human Rights, Poverty and Social Justice'. Come and hear our keynote speaker, the renowned Professor Philip Alston, the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law (NYU) and United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. There is a full line-up of other distinguished speakers – draft programme attached (this is subject to change). This one-day conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplinary fields to address the role that human rights have in tackling the global challenges of poverty and material deprivation. It will consider the moral basis and content of human rights against poverty, what obligations these rights entail and how they can be institutionally implemented and enforced. The conference will also consider the possible limitations of human rights as a means of responding to economic inequality, and will engage with critical debate on whether human rights are, in fact, the best instrument for confronting economic inequality, or whether alternative programmes of social justice are needed. Registration is now open. Download the IELF Draft Programme (this is subject to change). Spaces are limited, so book early!

(9) Creative Responses to Climate Change: A Marketplace for Ideas - Conference and Forum: 5 November, 1pm - 5pm, Trinity College Dublin

Save the date! On Monday 5 November, join us to explore how we, as citizens, can act against climate change: which solutions do we have at our disposal? A space for dialogue, information-sharing and creativity. Speakers include Mary Robinson and Ségolène Royal. A conference and forum organised in partnership with the Institute of International and European Affairs, Trinity International Development Initiative and Trócaire. This event is free but registration is mandatory. First tier of tickets sold out - second tier coming up soon. Find out more

(10) Global Health Exchange Conference - Revisiting 'Health for All' in the SDG era: 6-7 November, RCSI, 26 York St, Dublin

Join some of the world’s foremost experts in global health at the Irish Forum for Global Health’s annual conference in RCSI this 6-7 November. The Global Health Exchange Conference will bring together speakers from around the world, including  Dr Michael J Ryan, Assistant Director General of Emergency Preparedness and Response at WHO Emergencies; Ben Heaven Taylor, CEO of Evidence Aid; and Lusungu Dzinkambani, Governance Program Manager at Oxfam Malawi. Find out more and register today.

(11) YOUth Summit on Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals: 21 November, 10am - 4.30pm, Camden Court Hotel, Camden St, Dublin 2

YOUth Summit on Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of One World Week, the National Youth Council of Ireland and Concern Worldwide would like to invite you to the: YOUth Summit on Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals. For: Activists - Young people and those who work with young people - Youth sector, Education sector, and Development Sectors. At this event: You will participate interactively to learn more about Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals; hear from young people about their personal experiences; meet people and organisations who are taking action; have the opportunity to discuss the issues and take away ideas for yourself/community/school/organisation; hear about future opportunities to engage. Find out more.

(12) Integrity at Work Conference 2018: 28 November, 9am - 5pm, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin

Would you know what to do if a member of your staff came to you with a report of wrongdoing? To address this question, Transparency International Ireland is hosting the 2018 Integrity at Work Conference on 28 November. The theme this year is 'Learning from Experience'. The conference will explore how employers are responding to the Protected Disclosures Act (2014) and provide an opportunity to interact with speakers from a broad range of perspectives to exchange best practice insights on how to support staff to raise concerns and do the right thing. Book now as member of our organisation and get a 10% discount using this code: INTEGRITY. Read more about the conference and book tickets here

(13) UCDVO Annual Forum - The Age of Activism – Making Space for Intergenerational Learning: 30 November, 10am - 2.30pm, UCD, Belfield, Dublin

Join us for the UCDVO Annual Forum on 30 November. We will be asking the question, how has activism changed over time and what are the opportunities for intergenerational learning? This event is open to everyone to attend and will appeal to those interested in learning and sharing experiences about activism. It will include speakers, a 3 panel, story-telling session and a World Café discussion. Find out more.