All Together in Dignity Ireland (ATD) in collaboration with ATD UK and artist photographer Eva Sajovic, is proud to present the UK exhibition The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty.
This collection of photographic portraits and self written biographies exploring the roles played by those living in poverty within their families, communities and society at large.
The aim is to highlight the efforts of individuals living in poverty and challenge the negative attitudes often held towards them.
From Thursday 1st to Saturday 17th October 2015, the exhibition The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contributions of People in Poverty “Here andThere” will celebrate the positive contribution of people facing persistent poverty in their communities, in Europe and in the Global South.
There will be a chance to meet some of the project participants and artist Eva Sajovic around a public conversation and workshop on Saturday 17th October at 2pm.
To mark the European Year for Development, and ahead of the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October), this exhibition aims to challenge the negative stereotypes about people who experience poverty and social exclusion.
This exhibition will also present the new 17 Universal Global Goals adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit (25-27 Sept 2015) and will challenge the visitors with the call: “#TellEveryone about the #RolesWePlay for the #GlobalGoals.”
Social Media Workshops will be run near the exhibition on various days (details will be made available on the project Facebook page)
Over 150 people from all walks of life gathered on the Millennium Bridge in Dublin at 8:00pm on Thursday 24th September to join citizens around the world in calling on governments to commit to the new Sustainable Development Goals and tackle the most urgent issues of our time – poverty, inequality and climate change.
The event was one of over 150 taking place in cities globally as part of action/2015’s #LightTheWay action ahead of the historic gathering of world leaders in New York, on 25 September, for the adoption of the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
Ireland has played a key role in the process of negotiating these new “Global Goals”, acting as co-facilitators with Kenya of the high level international negotiations in New York over the past year.
In a message of support the President Michael D. Higgins said: “It is my hope that by 2030, we will look back on the 25 September 2015 as a decisive moment in global history. It is the task of all of us – elected representatives, NGO workers, students, activists and concerned citizens – to ensure that governments genuinely implement the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and the interlinked climate action plan that will emerge from COP21 this December in Paris, and that they put monitoring in place that will enable us all to turn the agreements into a reality for this and future generations.”
The Minister for Overseas Development, Trade, and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock TD said: “The new Sustainable Development Goals can mark a turning point for humanity. They provide us with a comprehensive plan for a fairer world for all, while caring for and protecting our planet. I am immensely proud of Ireland’s role in this process – as co-chairs (with Kenya) of the final negotiations. The new Goals were informed by citizens of many countries; and it is only through continued citizen engagement that the Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved. I am therefore delighted to see so many gathered at this Light The Way event. I join you in welcoming the Sustainable Development Goals, and calling for their full implementation.”
Eoin O’Liathain, one of Ireland’s first ever UN Youth Delegates who will participate in the UN Summit in New York said: “These new global goals affect and unite us all. Their adoption is a momentous and proud moment in world history. For a planet where more than half of the world’s population is under 30 years old, young people in particular will have an essential role in bringing about the transformative change which the goals promise. Failure to act will have grave consequences for all our futures. These new goals are lighting the way forward, everyone must work to make them a reality.”
Speaking on behalf of the coalition who organised the event, Robin Hanan, Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland, said: “We are on the brink of something historic. This is a once-in-a-generation agreement to tackle the most pressing issues of our time, poverty, inequality and climate change. It is crucial that our leaders commit to these Goals and take urgent action to deliver an equal, safe and secure future for all citizens both here in Ireland and worldwide.’’
The #LightTheWay action involved tens of thousands of people and was backed by high profile figures such as Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, and Stephen Hawking. Events took place around the world throughout the day. The gathering in Dublin was the last in Europe before the final light show `under one sky’ in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, a stone’s throw from the UN building in New York.
Members of the coalition supporting #LightTheWay include: Dóchas, Irish Development Education Association (IDEA), Challenging the Crisis, Trócaire, Oxfam, the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland, Age Action Ireland, Comhlámh, Claiming our Future, 350.org, People’s Climate Ireland, Just Forests, Shamrock Spring, Amawele Ireland, Tearfund, WorldWise Global Schools, and Global Schoolroom.
This September world leaders will meet in New York to adopt new global goals. These goals have the potential to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. Join us on 24 September as thousands around the world call on leaders to light the way to a better future for people and planet.
On 25th September, most of world leaders (among them the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Pope Francis,…) will come together in New York to adopt the new 2030 Sustainable Development “Global Goals” (See www.globalgoals.org).
Ireland (Ambassador David Donoghue) and Kenya facilitated the last round of UN negotiations which led to this historical agreement. If they are fully implemented these goals could lead to the end of extreme poverty, an end to soaring inequality and protection from deadly climate change. Opportunities of this scale do not come around very often.
On the 24th September, following the initiative of action2015, people around the world will call on their leaders to Light the Way to a better future for all. Across cities, local communities and online, citizens will come together under one sky to add their light to the movement; calling on leaders to play their part too.
In Dublin, many networks of NGOs, local or global, as well as institutions (Irish Aid,…) are inviting citizens from Dublin and Ireand to join them with a light (smartphone, electric torch, lantern, LED Candle) and gather on and around the Millennium Bridge on 24th September at 8pm. One side of the bridge will be covered by a banner held by the people gathered. Pictures will be taken by photographers from different viewpoints at 8.20pm and shared on social media.
On 24 Sept 2015, let’s join citizens around the world in their communities to #LightTheWay to a better future as leaders adopt the #GlobalGoals! Join us at 8pm on the Millennium Bridge with a light (smartphone, electric torch, lantern, LED candle,…)