Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Climate Change: The Whole Picture - Trade Policy & Workers Rights: 21 January, 12.30pm - 2pm, European Parliament Information Office, 12-14 Mount St Lower, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

The first of Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan's series of lunchtime lectures, Climate Change The Whole Picture, will focus on climate change, social policy and workers rights. Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History and Latin American studies at Salem University, will give the context of coal miners in La Guajira and the human rights violations that they endure there. Clodagh Daly of the Latin Americal Solidarity Centre in Dublin will explain the Irish ESB powerplant's connection to the mines of Colombia. Barry Finnegan from ATTAC will provide the context of Ireland's trade policy. David Joyce from ICTU will highlight the essential need for a just transition from fossil fuels and the positive role that trade unions can play in this. This event is open to journalists, NGO's, stakeholders and legislators who collectively share the responsibility of changing Ireland's policy, proceedure and outlook towards improving our approach to tackle climate change. Find out more.

(2) Human Rights Violations in Colombia and the Irish Connection: 21 January, 7pm - 9pm, ATGWU, 55/56 Middle Abbey St, North City, Dublin

Lynn Boylan Sinn Féin MEP invites Professor A Chomsky, Professor of History and the Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem University to discuss human rights violations imposed on local communities in La Guajira, Colombia. Sian Cowman, Coordinator of the Latin America Solidarity Centre here in Dublin, will present on the Irish state's connection to the issue. Find out more.

(3) Volunteer Ireland Public Consultation Meetings: Various Dates and Locations

The Government is developing the first ever National Volunteering Strategy and we want to make sure your voice is heard! Volunteer Ireland and the network of local Volunteer Centres are hosting a number of meetings across the country so we can hear your thoughts and opinions on volunteering in Ireland. These discussions will help us develop our response to the Government’s Call for Input paper. This is your chance to influence how volunteering develops and is supported in the future. You can register to attend a local consultation using the links below:

If you can’t make it to a consultation you can fill out our brief online survey. The discussions at the consultation meetings and the results of the survey will help to inform our local and national response to the development of a national volunteering strategy. We look forward to starting this exciting journey towards a National Volunteering Strategy together.

(4) TIDI/CONTEXT Global Mental Health Series 2019: 23 January, 1pm - 2pm, The Global Room, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin

The Centre for Global Health with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), and the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, invites you to the 2019 CONTEXT Seminar Series. Series 1: ‘Breaking the Silence of Sexual Violence’. The experience of sexual violence can have a profound effect on the mental health of an individual. Despite the negative impact of sexual violence on psychological wellbeing, victims tend to seek professional help at typically lower rates. Multiple factors affect an individuals ability to seek help in the aftermath of sexual violence. This talk will look at the impact of factors from the individual level including feelings of guilt, shame and self-blame to cultural factors such as victim blaming and stigma. It will also look at the facilitators that encourage the use of sexual assault services and how these facilitators can be fostered. Finally, sexual assault service utilization will be viewed through a cultural lens, looking at the barriers and facilitators experienced in other cultures as well as interventions employed to remedy low service engagement. Speaker: Catherine Walshe, Doctoral Researcher, CONTEXT. Chair: Noeline Blackwell (human rights lawyer and CEO Dublin Rape Crisis Centre). Find out more and register.

(5) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Workshop: 28 January, 7pm - 9pm, Cork Volunteer Centre, 13 North Main St, Cork

This January 2019, Development Perspectives in conjunction with Trócaire will be hosting a workshop in Cork focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. This free two-hour event will allow participants to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals and their reality for Cork, find out more about SDG 16 with a focus on the direct provision system within Ireland and hear from Trócaire about their work towards achieving SDG 16. RSVP.

(6) National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Stakeholder Forum: 31 January, 9.30am - 5.30pm, Main Conference Centre, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin

A key commitment in The Sustainable Development Goals, National Implementation Plan 2018-2020 was the establishment of the National SDG Stakeholder Forum. This was established in June 2018, and has to-date held two meetings. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment now invites parties to register their interest in attending the third meeting of the National SDG Stakeholder Forum. This is a free ticketed event with limited capacity so we would ask that anyone interested in attending register without delay. At the Forum we hope to have representatives from across various networks, and Government departments and interested parties to explore how we can work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Following feedback and discussion from our previous Forum, we are this year introducing a new approach. There will be a presentation by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the new Climate Action Plan, followed by a question and answer session with senior Departmental officials dealing with climate change. We have engaged facilitators for all sessions including the breakout sessions in the afternoon. A report and final conclusions from the breakout sessions will be published within two weeks of the Forum. Register.

(7) The Climate Challenge: Policy, Media and Society: 8 February, 9am - 5pm, Dublin City University

To mark the inaugural year of DCU's MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society, we will host a one-day conference in DCU on Friday 8 February. The conference will explore responses to climate change across the domains of politics and policy, communications, and education. The conference will feature keynote addresses from: Dr. Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency; Hildegarde Naughton T.D., Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action. Registration for the conference is now open. Please visit our Eventbrite page to register and also to view the full conference programme. The conference takes place against the backdrop of increasingly stark warnings from climate scientists, particularly the IPCC report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC. The recent COP24 climate conference in Katowice succeeded in agreeing a set of rules to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, though important decisions around raising ambition were deferred. Here in Ireland, the government has acknowledged that Ireland is off track, but Minister Richard Bruton has committed to introducing a whole-of-government climate plan in February 2019. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action will report by the end of January on how to strengthen Ireland's response to climate change. Meanwhile, also in January the High Court will consider a case brought by Friends of the Irish Environment challenging the adequacy of Ireland's 2017 National Mitigation Plan. This conference will provide a timely opportunity to reflect on these important developments at international and national level. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Dave Robbins ( or Diarmuid Torney (

(8) Bond Annual Conference: 18 - 19 March, London

The Bond Annual Conference attracts over 1,000 people from across the international development and humanitarian sectors. NGOs, civil society leaders, funders, researchers, government and private sector from Europe and around the world come together to debate crucial current issues, share ideas and interrogate emerging trends. Our conference comes at a crucial time as civil society faces an increasingly complicated political environment and growing funding pressures. Get a 15% discount with code: Marnp15