Ireland & Global Justice

Ireland and Global Justice

The UN Millennium Development Goals are a set of development targets for the international community to reach.
Irish Aid uses these goals as a basis for planning its overseas development activities.

These activities relate to; education, health, agriculture and food security, water and sanitation, infrastructure and roads, trade, and good governance. Each represents a way of addressing a core cause of poverty, and many are linked.

The Goals

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;
  • Achieve universal primary education;
  • Promote gender equality and empower women;
  • Reduce child mortality;
  • Improve maternal health;
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
  • Ensure environmental sustainability;
  • Develop a global partnership for development.

If we introduce legislation to guarantee a minimum level of spending on overseas development, it would enable Irish Aid to plan its programmes for a number of years without worrying about cuts to its budget. Trócaire, for example, has called for such legislation a number of times.

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