A Better World, Ireland’s new policy for international development, has been formally launched by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
A Better World is a whole of government policy. It provides the framework for Ireland’s expanding development cooperation programme, in line with the Government’s commitment to reaching the UN target of allocating 0.7% of our GNI to official development assistance by 2030. It outlines Ireland’s vision of a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world. It charts a clear way forward to achieve this vision, shaping and protecting our stability, our prosperity, our shared interests and our common future.
A Better World has been developed in the full knowledge of the volatile global context in which we live, and the firm belief that global problems can only be tackled through collective action. It represents a significant milestone both in terms of Ireland’s international development policy and our foreign policy as a whole, updating our traditional focus on ‘the poorest of the poor’ to realise the pledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reach ‘the furthest behind first’.
A Better World outlines Ireland’s vision of a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world. It charts a clear way forward to achieve this vision, shaping and protecting our stability, our prosperity, our shared interests and our common future.
The international development context has evolved significantly since the publication of Ireland’s international development policy One World One Future in 2013. Five years on, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade announced on budget day 10 October 2017 that we will produce a new international development policy in 2018.
Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Mr. Ciarán Cannon, T.D., Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development launched a public consultation process on 12 July 2018, inviting written submissions in response to the public consultation paper, and encouraging participation in public meetings to take place in September and early October.
The global context has evolved significantly over the past five years. A series of new international policy frameworks under the Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive framework for international cooperation and global policy making for development and humanitarian action.
Our ambition in the new policy will be to continue to lead and participate in collective global aspirations for a better world, as reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals. Our vision of this world is anchored in our foreign policy values, working towards a world that is more equal, peaceful and sustainable.
Our signature foreign policies, set out in Global Island, to combat poverty and hunger and advance human rights are the basis for equality and are essential for achieving peace and sustainable development.
A sustainable world requires the protection of our natural world. Through our development cooperation we are committed to supporting societies and livelihoods to be resilient and to promote sustainable resource management.
A secure stable world where people can live without fear and in dignity is the foundation for peace and the protection of people.
Ireland is recognised internationally for its commitment to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability, our focus on least developed countries and humanitarian action. In looking forward we will build on these strengths to work towards our vision of a more equal, sustainable and peaceful world.
The policy development process is an opportunity to bring the Irish public into the discussion, to engage them on the global challenges facing Ireland and developing countries, and build a whole of society approach to international development.
The public consultation will take place from July through early October 2018. There will be opportunities for the general public, the development community in Ireland, and partners and stakeholders in developing countries to give input to policy development