31 Dec

ATD in 2o15 in 2×15 ATD Events!

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Take time to re-discover the year 2015 of ATD Ireland in 2×15, so 30 events!

Event 1: We welcomed the new year with our long term friends of the Ballymun ACORN group at their annual dinner!

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Event 2: ATD Ireland was part of the 12 NGOs invited by Irish Aid and Dochas to meet Amina Mohammed, the special advisor of Ban Ki-moon in the preparation of the 2030 Agenda!

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Event 3: We took part in the launch of the European Year for Development oranised by Dochas in January 2015. Michael D Higgins’ speech on the day is a speech to remember!

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Event 4: In February we welcomed our first intern of the year, Danny. He was the first of a series of four in 2015!

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Event 5: When friends are organising fundraising events to support ATD, it is allways important events! In February 2015, our friends from a language school in Maynooth organised a pancake day on Shrove Tuesday! They donated more than €500 to this year! We are grateful to them and to all our 2015 donators! We will need them in 2016 too!

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Event 6: In February we contributed to the Women’s Rights Beijing+20 conference with our friends of the SAOL Project! (“Women’s Rights: One of the Great Ethical Challenges of Our Time” Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission & National Women’s Council of Ireland’s National Conference)

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Event 7:  In 2015, we carried on our planning process. In February we finalised the draft of the introductory text of our next strategic plan: “Who we are together”.

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Event 8: to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, we joined SAOL Project and UISCE at the “Time to talk”.

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Event 9:  With the Irish 17 October Committee, we contributed at the end of March 2015 to the Social Inclusion Forum: a group of delegates from the Committee took the floor and Joan Burton TD, the Tánaiste visited the exhibition presenting the Art Works created for the 2014 UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty!

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Event 10: From March to July 2015 we run Human Rights’ Workshops with different partners and befreinded projects. Here, in April 2016, we met twice our friends from the NWICTDP.

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Event 11: In April 2015, we were happy to support the launch of the latest book edited by ATD Ireland’s Board Member, Martin Byrne.

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Event 12: On the International Day of families (15 May), an Irish ATD delegation visited our friends of ATD Poland in Kielce and Warsaw.

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Event 13: In May 2015, France honored the Resistance and Human Rights’ Fighter Geneviève de Gaulle. ATD Ireland organised a “Geneviève de Gaulle Week”.

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Event 14: The Women’s Mini Marathon, on the 1st Monday of June,  has been for the past few years, one of the main Fundraising events for ATD Ireland. It was again the case in 2015!

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Event 15: In June 2015, an Irish delegation of young adults takes part in the European Youth Meeting of the ATD Djynamo Project!

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Event 16: On the 17th June 2015, with Beyond 2015, we launched the 100 days countdown before the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals!

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Event 17:  Each meeting of the 2015 Human Rights Workshops is a great event! Here, on the picture, the discussion in July 2015 with the SAOL sisters!

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Event 18:  At ATD Ireland, we like to celebrate the birthday of our friends and volunteers! In July it was the turn of Michael who couldn’t be with us on the very day!

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Event 19: In the last days of July, we organised the final and plenary meeting of the Human Rights’ workshops’ series. The venue was the new office of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

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Event 20:  Our annual Summer Piknic in August is a opportunity to gather friends and volunteers!

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Event 21:  At the 2015 Recovery Walk, we launched our public campaign the “#RolesWePlay, Here & There” promoting the new Sustainable Development Goals!

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Event 22: With a group of partners, ATD Ireland was one of the leading organisation which prepared the Irish #LigthTheWay #Action2015 event on 24th September. Pictures of this event were shown on big screens in New York, a few hours before the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals!

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Event 23:  In September, we welcomed guests from the ATD International Leadership Team to discuss ATD Ireland’s strategic planning process and the coming #EndPoverty Month!

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Event 24: In 2015, the #EndPoverty Day became an #EndPoverty month with the #RolesWePlay Exhibition, the “Shame of Poverty” Lecture and the events at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone (more at www17october.ie)

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Event 25: End of October 2015 in the Netherlands, an ATD-SAOL Project delegation took part to a “#LeaveNoOneBehind” seminar with particiants from UK, Belgium, Poland, Germany and the Netherllands!

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Event 26: Twice a year, a meeting of members of ATD in Europe takes place a the ATD International Centre near Paris. In November, we were 4 from Dublin to attend!

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Event 27: Twice a year, a meeting of young adults members of ATD in Europe takes place a the ATD International Centre near Paris. In November, we were 7 from Dublin to attend to this Djynamo event!

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Event 28:  On 28 and 29 November 2015, at the eve of the COP21 UN Climate Change Summit in Paris, we organised Croke21, a local Climate Community Summit!

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Event 29:  To mark Human Rigths Day on 10 December, we launched with Misean Cara a Handbook to make rights work for people facing chronic poverty!

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Event 30:  On 20 December, we gather in a Christmas spirit and listened to carrols sung by the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir!

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Bonus 1:  On 31st December, the very last day of the European Year for Development  and at the eve of 1st January, the day of the official start of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ATD Ireland launched the #RolesWePlay booklet!

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Bonus 2: In 2015, ATD members prepared in different ways the centenary of the 1916 Rising!

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30 Dec

The Roles We Play, Here and There: Making a Commitment to Implement the Global Goals!

12 hours before the end of 2015, the European Year for Development, and 12 hours before the official start of the 2030 Agenda in 2016, ATD Ireland launched a #GlobalGoals booklet. The booklet gives an account of the social media campaign: “The Roles We Play, Here and There” funded by an EYD2015 grant!

Download now the booklet!

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As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations officially will usher in – on 1 January 2016 – an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030.

“The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September.

“They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success,” he added of the 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve the 17 SDGs over the next 15 years. The goals address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, emphasizing that no one should be left behind. Broad and ambitious in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions.

The mobilization of means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships, are also acknowledged as critical.

The 17 SDGs build on the eight MDGs, which specifically sought by 2015: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.

  
26 Dec

#NewYearsGoals: before the end of #EYD2015, #TellEveryone about the #RolesWePlay for the #GlobalGoals!

2016 will launch the Sustainable Development Goals, a shared global agenda created at the United Nations to reach a world where people and the environment thrive, where no one lives in poverty, and where everyone lives with opportunity.

The first step to reach these global goals is to ensure that the world knows about them. Through Instagram, many people and organizations are telling the story of the global goals, sustainable development issues, and the important work of the global citizens who work tirelessly to build a better world.

– See more at: http://unfoundationblog.org/16-instagram-accounts-to-follow-in-2016-for-the-globalgoals/#sthash.CyH91eua.dpuf

2016 will launch the Sustainable Development Goals, a shared global agenda created at the United Nations to reach a world where people and the environment thrive, where no one lives in poverty, and where everyone lives with opportunity.

The first step to reach these global goals is to ensure that the world knows about them. Through Instagram, many people and organizations are telling the story of the global goals, sustainable development issues, and the important work of the global citizens who work tirelessly to build a better world.

– See more at: http://unfoundationblog.org/16-instagram-accounts-to-follow-in-2016-for-the-globalgoals/#sthash.CyH91eua.dpuf

2016 will launch the Sustainable Development Goals, a shared global agenda created at the United Nations to reach a world where people and the environment thrive, where no one lives in poverty, and where everyone lives with opportunity.

The first step to reach these global goals is to ensure that the world knows about them. Through Instagram, many people and organizations are telling the story of the global goals, sustainable development issues, and the important work of the global citizens who work tirelessly to build a better world.

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2016 will launch the Sustainable Development Goals, a shared global agenda created at the United Nations to reach a world where people and the environment thrive, where no one lives in poverty, and where everyone lives with opportunity.

The first step to reach these global goals is to ensure that the world knows about them. Through Instagram, many people and organizations are telling the story of the global goals, sustainable development issues, and the important work of the global citizens who work tirelessly to build a better world.

– See more at: http://unfoundationblog.org/16-instagram-accounts-to-follow-in-2016-for-the-globalgoals/#sthash.CyH91eua.dpuf

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Before the end of the European Year for Development #EYD2015, #TellEveryone about the #RolesWePlay for the #GlobalGoals! Use #NewYearsGoals!

Download here the Campaign Toolkit
with templates of the 17 arrows for the 17 Global Goals

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More about the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development here

Download here a comics story presenting the Global Goals

Before the end of the European Year for Development #EYD2015, #TellEveryone about the #RolesWePlay for the #GlobalGoals! Use #NewYearsGoals!

Download here the Campaign Toolkit
with templates of the 17 arrows for the 17 Global Goals

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24 Dec

To change everything, we need everyone! Our Season’s Greetings

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The story of the nativity is a story about hope and change coming from a vulnerable family. 2015 was one of these years with many stories calling for big changes and giving hope. On Christmas eve, one motto of these calls for a needed transformative process keeps coming back in our minds: to change everything, we need everyone.

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This motto started to trend after being used in the open letter published in The Guardian (Sunday 7 September 2014) by a group of major global NGOs ahead of the 2014 People’s Climate March : There is only one ingredient that is required: to change everything, we need everyone. History is our proof that the impossible is smaller than we think. The abolition of slavery. The end of apartheid. The spread of universal suffrage. All proof that the future is ours to shape. We just need to step out and claim it.

If we understand it as a call to leave no one behind, this motto of 2015 is a real message of hope, a christmas message! It is even more a message of hope if we geniunely believe that we need everyone’s knowledge, everyone’s world vision, everyone’s intelligence, joy and commitment to make real change happen.

“We cannot wait until great transformations have been made, for the poorest and most marginalised to then take a place beside us. If these processes happen without them and without their experiences taken into account, the most marginalised will not be served by these changes. The extreme poverty brought to this new society by us will not magically disappear. We must remove this through participation in the process of transformation; if not, then extreme poverty will again be built into the very walls of our new society.”

Joseph Wresinski, founder of ATD

All Together in Dignity Ireland wishes you
a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

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And here is our 2015 Christmas Song!

  
21 Dec

Download the 2016 #EndPoverty Calendar!

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On 20th December 2015, International Human Solidarity Day, ATD Ireland and other members of the Irish 17 October Committee launched its 2016 #EndPoverty Calendar.

In 2015, a number of high level summits formulated new approaches and new goals to #EndPoverty, protect the planet and limit the #ClimateChange. These events provided all of us with an opportunity to reshape our priorities, and to re-think our place in the world. In 2016, let’s start the work, to get the job done by 2030! Let’s make every day, an #EndPoverty day!

Here, you can now download a pdf version of this calendar!

This calendar has been prepared by ATD for the Irish 17 October Committee and refers to three major events of 2015: the European Year for Development, the adoption of the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the annual UN #EndPoverty Day observed throughout the country.

A limited number of copies of this calendar have been printed. The printing of this calendar has been funded by the Department of Social Protection’s ‘2015 Public Awareness Initiative’ which promotes the observance of the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

If you are interested to get a paper copy, contact the Committee: committee@17october.ie

  
08 Dec

Misean Cara and ATD are launching an International Human Rights Handbook!

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In advance of this year’s Human Rights Day, ATD and Misean Cara launch a new handbook “Make Human Rights Work” to help everyone take action for human rights.

For the first time in history, the handbook translates a set of United Nations (UN) principles on human rights and poverty situations into action points that we all can use to affect change. Spearheaded by Franciscans International and ATD International, with support from Irish Aid through Misean Cara, and Edmund Rice Development, dozens of grassroots organisations worldwide, and individuals with a lived experience of poverty, have created a handbook to make human rights work for all.

This handbook expresses in a practical way all the work Franciscans International does around the world to affirm the human rights of poor communities, and bringing their voice to the UN and other bodies,” says Misean Cara CEO Heydi Foster, “you will see it is grounded in a real respect for those living in extreme poverty. Effective and transformative Human Rights work is fundamentally about challenging structures, which undermine people’s dignity. It seeks to address and change these structures and engage and mobilise people in doing so.”

The handbook received wide international acclaim at its international launch in September 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. With more than 100 attendees from international development organisations, representatives from the EU, and embassies welcomed the handbook as a resource built from the bottom-up with consultations from communities it seeks to help.

When the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, Franciscans International and ATD International agreed that we needed a handbook to translate the legal language of the Guiding Principles into concrete s uggestions,” says

ATD International’s Vice-President Janet Nelson, “we want to help people working at the local level to better understand the human rights implications for people living in extreme poverty and to propose a series of affirmative actions to claim their rights.”

It is envisaged that the handbook will be disseminated through the far reaching networks of Franciscans International and ATD International. These networks will ensure that it reaches community workers and organisations working with those living in extreme poverty.

We feel that the approach set out by the handbook is vitally important if we are to make real progress on Goal Number One of the new Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the UN in New York: ‘End poverty in all of its forms everywhere,’” says Janet Nelson.

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05 Dec

COP21: Linking climate action and sustainable development – never without, or against, people living in poverty.

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Discover how ATD will be involved in #COP21 in Ireland and in France:  ATD’s #COP21 programme!

Follow ATD International advocacy at the #COP21: Linking climate action and sustainable development – never without, or against, people living in poverty.

Encouraging all stakeholders to exploit synergies between climate change responses and sustainable development strategies, ATD Fourth World’s international advocacy emphasizes 5 key recommendations:

  1. Place a special emphasis on the bottom 20% to make sure that no one is left behind. In other words, targets should be considered achieved only if they are met for all relevant income and social groups, including the most vulnerable.
  2. Tackle climate change together with people in poverty and as part of an effort to eradicate extreme poverty and develop provision & delivery of human rights.
  3. Ensure that climate change finance is directed to the most vulnerable populations, in order to foster climate justice.
  4. Implement social protection floors.
  5. Ensure that people in poverty are able to benefit from training and job creation in the context of transitioning to a green economy.

More updates and news below:

  • A Call for a Human Rights approach of the Climate Actions

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On 9 October, ATD, with 97 other organisations and networks, called for a Human Rights approach of the Climate Actions:  “Parties at COP should, in all climate change related actions, fully respect human rights.” Read full letter on Human Rights & Climate Action here.

  • ATD Ireland awarded the official COP21 label

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On 1st October 2015, French Minister for the Environment Ségolène Royal awarded the ATD Ireland project “#Croke21 – a #COP21 Community Climate Summit” the official COP21 label

  • ATD’s calls for #ClimateJustice

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Text below is the draft English translation of a Press Release published by ATD France on 7th July 2015 at the occasion of the “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” conference at UNESCO in Paris.
Read also full position paper by ATD international.

The United Nations, governments, civil society and regional public bodies have been preparing the COP21 for several months.

This large international gathering will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015 and aims to achieve an international agreement on climate, which would keep global warming below 2°C.

Stakeholders involved in the negotiations have acknowledged the link between the fight against extreme poverty and the fight against climate change. The poorest populations have the smallest carbon footprint, yet they tend to be the most affected by the consequences of global warming. However, the fact that these populations can also suffer from the measures taken to fight global warming, has so far been insufficiently recognized.

In the United-States, social housings have been suppressed as a result of a natural disaster, preventing the poorest to return to the city center.

In the Philippines, populations living in hazard-prone areas of the capital city have been displaced, and as a result cut from their livelihood activities.

Elsewhere, efforts for a better thermal insulation are increasing the cost of housing for the disadvantaged.

Everywhere, it is said that global warming will create employment – but for whom?

There is nothing automatic about connecting the fight against extreme poverty and the fight against climate change, it is however possible.

On the occasion of the three upcoming international conferences in 2015 (International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July, Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New-York in September, and the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21 in Paris in December), ATD Fourth World will intend to express concrete proposals around three main benchmarks :

1- Evaluate the impact of programmes, not only considering the average population, but taking into special account the poorest 20% of people.

2- Ensure that themost disadvantaged populations, who are often voluntarily or not excluded of the decision-making, are associated to the elaboration, the implementation and the evaluation of programmes.

3- Set-up social protection and training systems in order for these populations to be able to benefit from the employment created by the shift to a “green economy”.

Development will only be sustainable if no one is left behind.

  
02 Dec

Make Human Rights Real! Join ATD events for Human Rights Day!

10thATD is organising a number of different events to mark Human Rights Day 2015, which falls on 10th December.

In the lead-up to Human Rights Day, ATD will welcome two special international guests to Ireland, who will be involved in the organisation’s events between 7th and 9th December: : Janet Nelson – who, after many positions within UNICEF, recently became Vice-President of ATD International; and Bruno Tardieu, a member of ATD International Volunteer Corps, who has worked in the USA and France, and is the author of a new book about ATD.

To kickstart ATD Ireland’s programme of events for Human Rights Day 2015, there will be a special informal meeting between Janet Nelson and Bruno Tardieu on Monday, 7th December 2015, at 5pm at ATD’s office, 26 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1.

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Main event of the programme will be the launch of the international Handbook “Making Rights Work” at which Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, will deliver a guest address.

In partnership with Misean Cara and the SVP Ozanan House, ATD will host the Irish launch of a new handbook, ‘Making Rights Work for People Living in Extreme Poverty’.

The handbook is focused on the implementation of the UN guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, and was launched internationally in Geneva in September (you can read more about the Geneva launch here).  It is intended as “a practical tool for social workers, policymakers, civil servants, law enforcement officials, teachers, healthcare providers and human rights advocates working at the local level to ensure that public policies reach the poorest members of society and respect and uphold all their rights”.

The Irish launch of the handbook will take place at Ozanam House, 53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1 from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, 8th December.  Emily Logan will deliver a guest address at the event, alongside:

  • Heydi Foster-Breslin – CEO in Misean Cara and Human Rights and Equality Commissioner
  • Janet Nelson – Vice-President of ATD International
  • John Mark McCafferty – Head of Social Justice and Policy – SVP
  • Cecilia Forrestal – Director, Community Action Network

To register to attend this event, click here.

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Later, on the eve of Human Rights Day 2015, ATD is inviting citizens of Dublin to join them for a symbolic ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ with lights and LED candles.

The walk will start at 5pm on Wednesday, 9th December, at the ‘Universal Links on Human Rights’ (on the traffic island at the junction of Amiens Street and Memorial Road, close to Busáras and the Customs House in Dublin 1).  The walk will proceed to the Famine memorial statues on the north quays, and will end at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone.

The walk will #LightTheWay on the 17 #GlobalGoals of the #2030Agenda. The 15 years journey to achieve the Goals will be a long journey to free all human beings from the fear of Poverty! For all of us they will be a long journey to freedom, as noboby is is free until we are all free! The #GlobalGoals are for sure part of the legacy of Nelson Mandela! He will be marching this  symbolic ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ with us wherever he is!

Updates about the walk here.

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A fourth and bilingual (French / English) event is planned on the previous day, Tuesday, 8th December.  Bruno Tardieu will discuss Human Rights and Climate Change issues when presenting his new book about ATD, ‘Quand Un Peuple Parle’ (‘When A People Speak’) at the Alliance Française, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 at 6.30pm.

Updates and registration for this talk here.

More news and suggestions to mark 2015 Human Rights Day in Ireland are available on www.makerightsreal.ie