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Global Issues, Local Action

Posted on August 30, 2016

David Joyce: International Development Officer
David Joyce: International Development Officer

David Joyce delves into some of the key issues to be tacked at the Global Solidarity Summer School

Global challenges & Opportunities: Local & Global Responses is the theme for the 2016 Global Solidarity Summer School, which takes place this year in Donegal.

This is the eight successive incarnation of the event, whose agenda and attendance grows and swells with each passing year.

This year, delegates in Donegal will debate the key issue of Climate Change the, critically, how we can make a just transition to a greener economy (see below).

The global Refugee Crisis will also be on the agenda, while we also hear new eyewitness testimony from Palestine.

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NO JOBS ON A DEAD PLANET (UPDATED)

Posted on December 11, 2015

DJ Pic - David Joyce
DJ Pic
David Joyce

David Joyce looks at the COP21 Summit in Paris and the implications for workers. This blog has been updated in light of the deal reached in Paris and the response from international trade union federations (see below)

Following the passage of motions (44 & 45) at our Biennial Delegate Conference in July, Congress joined with union colleagues from across the globe in support of the People’s Climate Marches that took place ahead of the COP21 Summit in Paris.

Both the International Trade Union Confederation and the European Trade Union Confederation have been actively engaged in the process, putting the demands of working people on the agenda with the timely reminder that ‘There are no Jobs on a Dead Planet.’

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Why European Year for Development is a Trade Union Issue

Posted on January 22, 2015

David Joyce, Congress - David Joyce, International Development and Equality Officer, Congress
David Joyce, Congress
David Joyce, International Development and Equality Officer, Congress

David Joyce, Congress Equality Officer

President Michael D Higgins was guest of honour at the Irish launch of the European Year for Development (EYD) in Dublin Castle, which was an appropriate way to mark this potentially critical year – for trade unions and wider society alike.

Over the course of 2015 two United Nations summits will effectively define the parameters for future international policy making:

  • In September, the UN will agree new goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a new ‘Sustainable Development Framework’ – to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, 
  • In December, the Climate Change Summit in Paris will set new climate action targets, to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

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