Written answers

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Irish Aid

Photo of Maureen O'SullivanMaureen O'Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent)
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62. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which he can ensure that disability inclusive development will be realised within the international development policy of Irish Aid and that persons with disability will be a key priority within the development policy. [37368/19]

Photo of Ciarán CannonCiarán Cannon (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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The Government’s new policy for international development, A Better World, sets out the framework for delivering Ireland's development programme. That policy sets out how through that programme Ireland will help deliver on the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs require Ireland to help ensure that no one is left behind: this includes those with disabilities.

To help deliver on the SDGs promise to leave no one behind, Ireland's international development programme works with a wide range of civil society, bilateral and multilateral organisations active in the areas of health, education and human rights to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. In addition, Ireland advocates for the needs and rights of people with disabilities through policy engagement in the EU, and with the UN and other international bodies.

In delivering A Better World, Ireland will continue to mainstream disability across our international development programmes and policies, complementing this work with support for disability-specific interventions, with particular emphasis on women and girls with disabilities.


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