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European Year of Development 2015

2015 will be different. We intend to use the European Year for Development to encourage people in Ireland to take action, and to think of themselves as change makers.

The European Year for Development aims to change the way people in Ireland think about, talk about, and act on global issues.

We hope that, by the end of the Year, we have increased the number of people who feel that they do have a degree of influence on global issues. We hope to have encouraged people to recognise their potential as change makers, and to have dented the feelings of powerless that people experience when it comes to global issues.

Key Messages:

You can make a change.
We are all global citizens. Our lives in Ireland are inextricably linked to those of everyone else on the planet. The choices we make on a daily basis have a direct impact on people around the world.

Every day, around the world, ordinary people are making an impact.
They may not be making headlines, but citizens’ initiatives around the world are achieving remarkable successes. Let yourself be inspired by their examples. “People power” does work.

‘Development’ is not just about overseas aid.
It is not about “what we give” but about “how we live”. It is about creating a change in people’s lives, and there are many ways in which you can do this. The breadth of global issues is such that there is scope for myriads of initiatives. Together, we can shape “Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future”.

Global challenges need global answers. The world is facing big choices. Globalisation means that local problems often have global causes, and vice versa. International cooperation is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

2015 a pivotal year, and you can help shape it.
Ireland, and the world, are at a turning point. During the year, the UN is hosting a number of high level summit meetings, to formulate new approaches to how we live, work and interact with the planet. These events provide us with an opportunity to reflect and reshape our priorities, and to re-think our place in the world.
 

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