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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing life-saving assistance hit a five-year high in 2020. Conflict, economic shocks related to COVID-19 alongside the impacts of climate change led to 155 million people experiencing acute food insecurity - an increase of 20 million people from the previous year. Across 55 countries, over 75 million children under five were stunted...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 269 and 288 together. The UN estimates that, in 2021, 235 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection, equivalent to one in 33 people worldwide. Over 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity at crisis levels, or worse, an increase of around 20 million people from the previous year, Women and children are particularly affected...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland has been a long-standing champion of global efforts to reduce hunger and starvation. The roots of hunger lie in poverty, deprivation and exclusion, exacerbated by conflict, climate change - and now COVID-19. The eradication of hunger and a particular focus on tackling undernutrition has been a cornerstone of Ireland’s development programme since its inception. ‘A...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Irish Aid's objectives are outlined in A Better World, Ireland's international development policy. These reflect Ireland's strong commitment to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and its targets, which remain at the heart of our approach to international development.  The Government's annual report on official development assistance is a useful resource which details the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland's Official Development Assistance (ODA), directed through multilateral and bilateral channels, is directed to countries and people who are in greatest need. A Better World, Ireland's international development policy, re-emphasizes this approach throughout with an overarching principle to reach those that are furthest behind first, as well as achieving the core objective of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Irish Aid currently has 11 bilateral programmes. There are nine in sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia; with two further bilateral programmes in Vietnam and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). A number of the Embassies in these countries support development work in countries of secondary...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Safe drinking water is essential in the fight against poverty, hunger, child deaths and gender inequality, and has a renewed importance in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Despite this, 844 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Ireland recognises that ensuring affordable and sustainable access to clean water is a key public health and development issue. The 2030...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland recognises that access to health systems and basic sanitation remain out of reach for many of the world’s poorest communities, despite the progress that has been made in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and fighting diseases including HIV and AIDS. In Ireland’s international development policy, A Better World, we have committed to continue to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland strongly condemns the continued violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and Al Shabaab. Ireland supports the EU, UN and other international efforts to reduce the influence of Boko Haram and Al Shabaab and to prevent their attacks, especially against civilians and humanitarian workers and facilities. Ireland continues to monitor the activities of these groups and to assist populations...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (23 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland strongly supports the civilian-led political transition underway in Sudan. While Sudan has made significant headway in its reform efforts, significant challenges remain, including violence in Darfur, and an economic crisis. There are also significant delays in implementing the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) between the Transitional Government and rebel groups, including on transitional...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (22 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland is closely following developments in Ethiopia, including on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Tigray and elections. The construction of the GERD in Ethiopia is the cause of escalating tension between Ethiopia on the one hand, and Sudan and Egypt on the other, and poses a significant potential challenge to regional peace and security. As a member of the UN Security...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (22 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Programme for Government makes clear that the Government does not support the importation of fracked gas.  Following upon a commitment in the Programme for Government, the Government published a Policy Statement on May 2021 which outlines both constraints and opportunities for Government action in this area, including in the context of Ireland's obligations as a Member State of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Gender Equality (22 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Generation Equality Forum hosted by the Government of France and convened by UN Women will take place in Paris from 30 June to 2 July.  Ireland has engaged closely with the preparatory process, including through my participation at the virtual high-level event hosted by the Government of Mexico in March.  The Paris Forum will launch a series of ambitious actions to further...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Climate Action Plan (17 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Interim Climate Action Plan presents a number of supporting and enabling actions to advance Ireland’s international role on climate issues. These actions are necessary to support our efforts to coordinate and scale up our international climate finance and to enhance our climate diplomacy efforts. Ireland provides significant international climate finance, the vast majority of which...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Priorities (15 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 641 to 643, inclusive, 679 and 682 together. The Generation Equality Forum hosted by the Government of France and convened by UN Women will take place in Paris from 30 June to 2 July. Ireland has engaged closely with the Generation Equality process, including through my participation at the virtual high-level event hosted by the Government of Mexico in...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (15 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Counter Fraud policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which affirms our zero tolerance towards fraud, sets out the procedures for the prevention, detection and dealing with instances of fraud or suspected fraud, including in partner organisations. Information regarding suspected frauds, along with information regarding recovered and unrecovered funding, in Irish Aid’s areas...

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