The importance of 17 October

Words by Mark Hogan I have had the privilege of participating over the last 20 years in the annual commemoration of the World Day for the Eradication of Poverty on the 17th October, first at the Famine Memorial and later at the nearby Human Rights and Poverty Stone, on the Custom House Quay, Dublin.With each passing year, I have grown in my understanding and appreciation of the significance of this important happening. For at its heart is a profound human expression which manifests itself in direct contradiction to our prevailing world order and its powerful inequitable forces. Instead, as is the norm,…

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Why is the Leave No One Behind Promise important to us?

Words from Paul (ATD Community Activist) The UN say that Leave No One Behind (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Why is the LNOB Promise important? The SDGs and the Leave No One Behind promise offer possibilities to everyone and give hope to the people who are often left behind. As this promise is people based and not just for the politicians, it opens the door for ordinary people to engage with and take ownership of the political process. This is heavily needed as we know government policies…

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All Together in Dignity– ATD Ireland is seeking a motivated person to join their small and dynamic team for a 3 month internship starting mid January.  The internship is designed to give an opportunity for dedicated and talented individuals to gain experience working for the eradication of poverty, the protection of human rights, the prevention of discrimination and the promotion of the Agenda 2030 through a wide variety of grassroots projects.  ATD Ireland works with people who are living in, or have experience of, extreme poverty. ATD Ireland supports those dealing with homelessness, addiction, poverty and mental health.  This internship offers a great…

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‘Black 47’ By Philip Kenny

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 Philip Kenny, from Dublin Ireland and a member of ATD Ireland, wrote this poem to read out at the Famine Memorial and Poverty Stone on world hunger day 16th October 2020.As an active contributor to the ‘Liberties Lockdown Writing Corner’, Philip engages the reader with this vivid poem.   Black 47The crop is bad.No spuds to be had.Outlook bleak.Hungry and weak.The crop is bad.The plague is here.A sigh and tear.For hunger and fear.The crop is dead.Blackend is the beet.Hungry dying in the street.With nothing to eat.Corn for the rich.The impoverished suffer, impoverished suffer  By Philip Kenny Dublin, Ireland  

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17 October National Programme 2020

The Irish 17 October Committee has some exciting news!   17 groups around the country are among those marking #17October World Day to #EndPoverty this year. Read all about it in the National #17October 2020 Programme Booklet published today.   The Committee wishes all 17 grantees every success with their World Day 17 October projects.   Supported by the DEASP @welfare_ie Public Awareness Funding scheme 2020.   See the booklet here:   #LeaveNoOneBehind  #17octIRL

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International 17 October Committee Message for UN International End Poverty Day 2020

Global Theme — “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all ” The theme for the Day this year addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all. The growing recognition of the multi-dimensionality of poverty means that these two issues are inseparably intertwined, and that social justice cannot be fully realized without aggressively rectifying environmental injustices at the same time. Whereas progress has been made in addressing income poverty, there has been less success in addressing the other important dimensions of poverty, including the rapidly growing impact of the environment, within a more holistic approach. As the…

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Donald Lee named as President of the International Movement ATD Fourth World

We are pleased to announce that Donald Lee was named president of the International Movement ATD Fourth World at its last annual general assembly. Born in Malaysia and migrating to Australia, Donald is an economist. He worked at the UN for many years, first in Bangkok, then in New York at the Division for Sustainable Development and at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. From the start he helped our New York team to mark October 17 within the UN. He became a reliable and faithful friend. For the United Nations, he was central to the evaluation and recommendations report of the…

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Arrival of Dann, Mary and Stewart to ATD Ireland team

The team and friends of ATD Ireland are delighted to welcome 3 new team members who have just arrived in Ireland. Dann Kenningham from Yorkshire and London Town, who arrives with his family, is a member of the International Volunteer Corps of ATD Fourth World and has worked previously with ATD in the Philippines, Belgium, France and the UK. Stewart and Mary McMurchie from Scotland, and also members of the International Volunteers Corps, have worked with ATD in France, Canada and the UK. We wish them all the best with their new mission in Ireland and we greatly value their many years of experience…

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