“Many challenges remain if efforts to eradicate global poverty, injustice and inequality are to succeed” – BREEN.

January 8th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Deputy Pat Breen T.D. pictured at the Launch of the Dochas Report \

Deputy Pat Breen T.D., Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs pictured with Minister Peter Power, Minister of State with responsibility for Irish Aid and the Labour Party’s Fronbench Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Deputy Michael Higgins T.D. at the launch of the Dochas Report “Making Poverty History”.

Speaking at the launch of Dochas (The Irish Association of Non Government Development Organisations) publication “Making Poverty History Together”, which took place in Dublin recently Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs with Special responsibility for Human Rights, Member of the Council of Europe and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said that “A lot of great work is being done by Irish NGO’s throughout the world in the efforts to combat poverty; however; there are many challenges which remain if efforts to eradicate global poverty, injustice and inequality are to succeed”.

“Irish NGO’s are playing a key role in tackling poverty throughout the world and while the group of organisations is very diverse what they have in common is their steadfast determination to make poverty history.”

“The Irish Government has committed itself to achieving the UN target of allocation 0.7 per cent of Gross National Product (GNP) to Overseas Development Aid by 2012, however, in the current economic climate it is unclear if they will achieve this target. The current size of the Overseas Development Aid in 2008 is estimated at approximately €899m.”

“Irish Aid has contributed significantly to the developed world and many Irish volunteers are providing immediate humanitarian Aid in those developing countries and moving on to empower people to help themselves.”

“This report is very comprehensive and deals with a range of issues from Aid works, Climate Change, Corruption, Disability, Education, Health, Hunger, and Trade. It certainly will help to stimulate the debate on the need to invest in the long-term to help make poverty history. It is clear that while a lot of good work has been done there is a lot more to be done.”