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The European Year for Development and beyond: MEPs' visions", 16 January 2015


This event will showcase the European Year for Development and will launch a booklet containing the contributions of all 11 Irish MEPs.  There will also be an opportunity for dialogue with MEPs, including Mairead McGuinness, European Parliament Vice-President responsible for Communication and Brian Hayes, European Parliament Development Committee.   The event is jointly organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland,  Dóchas and Concern and will take place in the European Parliament Information Office, 43, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 on 16 January 2015 from 11.00 am-12.30 pm.  Registration required.


In addition,  Sean O'Connell of “Young Global Advocates” will share their perspectives on new pathways for sustainable development locally and globally, as part of their project between young adults in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain - ‘Challenging the Crisis – Promoting Global Justice and Citizens’ Engagement in a Time of Uncertainty’ . This project is led by IDEA (the Irish Development Education Association).

2015 has been designated the European Year for Development (EYD), a year in which we are encouraged to look at what Europe has already contributed to international development and what we can each do to strengthen our contribution to a more just and equal world.  It is also the year in which the global community will agree on a new framework for sustainable development and a new set of goals to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. As the largest donor in the world, the EU has a critical role to play in this process and the contribution of MEPs and citizens is vital to the debate and its outcome.

One of the objectives of the EYD programme in Ireland is to gather perspectives from across Irish society on what “sustainable development” means to people. As part of this initiative Irish MEPs have been asked to provide their perspectives and we are delighted to present these as the first of many contributions we hope to garner throughout the year ahead.   This initiative is supported by the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland, Dóchas and Concern and is the first of many initiatives this year which will help to spark debate and discussion about the role that Europe can and should play in making our world a better place for all.

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