17 Jul

Global Goals activities for children with TAPORI!

trTapori is a worldwide network of children from all backgrounds whose motto is: “We want all children to have the same opportunities.” ATD International volunteers based in Geneva, Switzerland, are facilitating and coordinating this network.

Every two months Tapori groups around the world recieve a Tapori newsletter suggesting various activities! The most recent letter is inviting children to have their say about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals!


Letter on the 17 SDGsActivity sheet on the 17 SDGs

Children everywhere dream of a world where there’s no more poverty, where each child can live in peace and have friends. They don’t want to wait to be adults to take action. The Tapori network shares this dream and supports them in their actions against poverty and exclusion.


During a trip to India in 1965, Wresinski, founder of ATD, met a group of children who lived by themselves in the train stations of Bombay (now Mumbai) and shared with one another any leftovers they could find on the trains. They were called “Tapoori.” (Tapori literally translates into vagabond or rowdy in Hindi. Street thugs in Mumbai were perhaps the most notable taporis. See Wikipedia)

In 1967 a children’s network was created within ATD in solidarity with the children of the emergency housing camp of Noisy-le-Grand, in France.  Wresinski started to write regularly to children who wanted to be friends with the most excluded. Remembering his trip to India, he wrote to them, “I often think about these children, who were so abandoned, but also very brave in getting by and helping each other. We can also be “Taporis” and use our own two hands to build a world with more friendship, where poverty will disappear.” To honor the children in the train stations in Mumbai, this network of children is called Tapori.

08 Jul

ATD at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The HLPF 2016 is now over.
ATD Ireland joined 230 NGOs and CSO worlwide at the end of the 10 days of debate to call on the UN ECOSOC for a new way to organise HLPF 2017! Read the call here!


The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

The HLPF will take place from Monday 11 to Wednesday 20 July 2016 at the  New York in New York.

The Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration during the Ministerial days from 18 – 20 July, is expected to start effectively delivering on its mandates to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up.

ATD International prepared a “Leave No One Behind” Statement ahead of the HLPF.

ATD also contributed to the preparation of the official programme events and some side-events:

Wednesday 29 June:  Leave No One Behind Dialogue Series

Monday 11 July:  ATD spokeperson at the UN Cristina Diez will speak at the “Ensuring that no one is left behind – Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs” debate. (8pm Dublin time) – Read her presentation here.

Friday 15 July: Informal working breakfast “Genuine stakeholder engagement for effective implementation and review: the national level lens”.

ATD will also take the floor at events on:

Monday 18 July:  “Walking the Talk: Transformative Pathways for Achieving the SDGs” co-organised by UNRISD, the Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Permanent Mission of Uruguay.

Tuesday 19 July:  “Ensuring no one is left behind: the importance of policy coherence for sustainable development” organised by Government of Sweden and Mexico and a coalition of think tanks which includes the World Resources Institute (WRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), European Environment Agency (EEA) (tbc), German Development Institute (DIE)

In Ireland, ahead of the HLPF, ATD focused on the call on Irish TDs to take steps towards a  national implementation plan of the 2030 Agenda!




07 Jul

Interns wanted for our “2017 Campaign” team!

3ATDLOGOJoin our 2017 Campaign team!

Discover ATD and support its work!

3 month internship starting in September 2016
(dates are flexible)

We are seeking a motivated intern to join our team and help us in our upcoming campaigns.   The intern will have the opportunity to get first hand work experience in the Human Rights field by being involved with the organisation of a number of events and campaigns,  learning from ATD long-term volun-teers and working through a grassroots level approach to poverty.

The intern will support the team and participate in the organisation of several major events and campaigns – see Role Description.

Terms:  The internship we are offering is unpaid. We are looking for candidates available for at least 20 hours a week – ideally the intern will be available full time (35 to 40 hours a week)

How to apply: Send us your CV and cover letter before 25th July at info@atdireland.ie

01 Jul

#Hearts4Justice Call on the Government and the Dáil Éireann!


Ahead of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (#HLPF2016 – see*) at the United Nations from 11th to 20th July 2016, ATD Ireland reiterates its call, first launched on Valentine’s Day 2016, and asking on this day all  #GE16 candidates to be ready to show their #Hearts4Justice!

Dear Taoiseach, dear Ministers, dear TDs,

Ahead of #HLPF2016, the first UN major forum after the start of Agenda 2030, take some time to tell Irish citizens of your commitments to the 17 #GlobalGoals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed on by Ireland in September 2015.

All Irish stakeholders have to contribute to the implementation, monitoring and follow-up of this new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, bothin Ireland and beyond.

The Government, the private sector, the education sector, civil society, the media, we all have a role to play to build a better future for people and planet !

Now, after the adoption of the #GlobalGoals and Irish role as “Midwife” of this adoption, it’s time to walk the walk! It is the task of the new Government to make sure we keep the promises!

A few days before the start of the HLPF in New York, it’s showtime! We call on all Government Ministers and on all TDs, to use the hashtag #Hearts4Justice on Facebook and Twitter and to #TellEveryone the role you will play to get the job done!

For All Together in Dignity Ireland, after our action in the week of the World Day of Social Justice (20th February), the first UN  High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is an opportunity to call on our elected representatives to commit to:

1 –  developing an overarching Irish Sustainable Development Strategy and a concrete implementation plan which coordinates the achievement of the 17 goals, 169 targets and their indicators. This new Strategy and its associated implementation policies should be subject to a broad consultation with all stakeholders through an institutionalised and inclusive process.

2 – ensuring that this new Strategy does not cherry-pick the easiest or preferred goals and must go beyond policy-as-usual by aiming for the highest level of ambition in all the targets, guaranteeing that no-one is left behind and that the environmental challenges are met.

3 – making sure that Ireland will design strong monitoring, review and accountability mechanisms. As “Ending poverty, everywhere and in all its forms” is the central goal of the #2030Agenda, we call on new TDs to create permanent spaces for reflection and dialogue with people who have experience of poverty and together with other partners. This will ensure that the people able to contribute to the definition and evaluation of the policies that affect them.

4 – rooting the 2030 Agenda Strategy in a Human Rights framework including the most recent Human Rights tools and individual and collective complaint opportunities. One of these tools should be the 2012 adopted United Nations’ Guideline Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (see special handbook).

5 – recognising that sustainable development challenges and solutions for Ireland and beyond rarely sit within local or national borders. Ireland must develop with the EU a means to differentiate between the parts of the 2030 Agenda for which EU member states are primarily responsible versus those for which an EU lead is necessary and for which the EU must be held to account.

Read our ealier calls on the General Elections 2016 candidates:

* The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.