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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Improving the quality and availability of health services with a strong focus on maternal and child health has been a longstanding component of Ireland’s international development programme. Access to health services, including access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, is transforming women’s lives. For example, women's life expectancy in Mozambique was...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Government’s new Policy for International Development, A Better World, makes a commitment to contribute at least €250 million to improve global education between 2019 and 2023 with a specific focus on education in emergencies and girls’ education. The Government is delivering on this commitment through bilateral and multilateral partnerships, selecting modalities and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not provide funding to organisations for the promotion or provision of termination of pregnancy.  The Government's policy for international development, A Better World, published last February continues Ireland’s longstanding focus on improving the health of women and girls, as part of Ireland’s contribution to achieving the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland’s development cooperation programme is an integral part of our foreign policy and an important statement of our global citizenship. The programme gives Ireland a significant global presence and footprint – including in fragile states and conflict-affected contexts. The 2018 Annual Report on Ireland's Official Development Assistance (ODA), published in October,...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) assesses the extent to which aid is tied to trade. In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, they reported that of the approximately US$106 billion in total bilateral commitments, US$13.2 billion was tied with a further US$2.6 billion partially untied, giving an overall total of partially untied and tied aid of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid Data (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: My Department reports each year on the delivery of the Government's official development assistance programme, Irish Aid. These reports are available on my Department's website www.irishaid.ie. The reports show the breadth of Ireland's work, and the impact that it is having across more than 130 countries. The annual report is a flagship for our accountability, transparency and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid Provision (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the level of humanitarian need globally, a response to an upsurge in conflict and climate change related natural disasters. The UN estimate that almost 168 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.  Given the scale of need, donors have increased their level of humanitarian assistance in recent years. Total global humanitarian...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland has put in place strong legislative, administrative and operational measures, including a multi-agency approach, to combat and prevent human trafficking.  Ireland is party to the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings which aims to prevent trafficking, protect the human rights of victimsand prosecute traffickers.  We are party...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (18 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The recruitment and use of child soldiers remains a serious problem with tens of thousands of children recruited and used as soldiers in conflicts around the world. Since 2002, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has issued an annual report on children and armed conflict, listing violations committed against children during armed conflict. The most recent report, published in July...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: International Agreements (17 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Climate change is a key priority articulated in the Government’s policy for international development, A Better World.  My Department has been proactively involved in Ireland’s preparation and contribution to 25th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP25), including active engagement in discussions on adaptation to climate...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid (17 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland has warmly welcomed the power sharing agreement reached on 17 August and the subsequent establishment of a civilian-led transitional Government, led by Prime Minister Hamdok. This followed months of protest.  I commend the African Union for its robust leadership and facilitation of the agreement, with Ethiopia playing an important part in mediating the talks.   As an...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (10 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 124 together. The EU and the OSCE-ODHIR regularly issue calls for the nomination of observers to participate in the election missions organised under their auspices. Member States of the EU and the OSCE respond to these calls according to their own practice and priorities and, where relevant, security considerations. It is not the case that every...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (10 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 and 118 together. Improving maternal and reproductive health is an important focus of Ireland's international development policy with health system strengthening at the heart of Ireland’s approach. Ireland works through the UNFPA, the World Health Organisation, with organisations such the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria and with civil society...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (10 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Following the 18-year tenure of Joseph Kabila, Felix Tshisekedi was elected President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in January 2019. The elections were marred by accusations of late poll openings, balloting issues and voter intimidation. Despite questions around the legitimacy of the election result, President Tshisekedi’s inauguration marked the first peaceful...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (10 Dec 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: In February 2019, the Government launched Ireland’s new international development policy, A Better World. Building on Ireland’s track record in delivering for the poorest and most vulnerable, A Better World seeks to realise the transformational pledge of the Sustainable Development Goals – reaching the furthest behind first. Improving the quality and availability of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Trade Relations (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Advancing Ireland’s trade and investment interests is an important aspect of Ireland’s foreign policy. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through its network of twelve missions across Africa, works to advance Ireland’s prosperity and to support Irish companies seeking to expand into African markets, in close cooperation with State Agencies and other Government...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid Provision (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland’s development cooperation programme is delivered through a broad range of partners and channels, including partner Government systems, Irish and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and missionary organisations, and UN and other multilateral agencies and organisations. The ability of funding channels to reach the furthest behind first and deliver on the policy...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the levels of humanitarian need worldwide. The UN estimate that over 148 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, largely as a result of conflict. Reducing humanitarian need is one of the four key priorities in Ireland's development policy, a Better World. As well as a committment to the humanitarian principles of neutrality,...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid Provision (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the level of humanitarian need globally, mainly due to conflict. The UN estimate that over 148 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Given the scale of need, donors have increased their level of humanitarian assistance in recent years. Total global humanitarian funding grew from an estimated $22.2 billion in 2014 to an...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The number and complexity of humanitarian crises globally has increased in recent years, with the UN estimating that over 148 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. Conflict is the most significant driver of this increased need. Reducing humanitarian need is one of the four key priorities in Ireland's new development policy, A Better World. Ireland...

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