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14th February ... a day of giving and caring?

Posted on February 13, 2013

For some February 14th is just another ordinary day, for others it’s all about the chocolate and flowers, but for workers in those industries it can mean a different thing entirely.

Flowers & ChocsIt is estimated that there are 211 million child workers [ILO] around the world of which approximately 120 million are working full-time to support their families.  According to the ILF, Cote d’Ivoire is the largest supplier of cocoa globally, providing more than 40% of global production.  As world cocoa prices remain low, in order to stay in the industry farmers are employing children and there are estimates that around 109,000 children in the Cote d’Ivoire cocoa industry work under the “worst forms of child labour” with around 10,000 victims of human trafficking or enslavement [US State Dept].

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A heartfelt thanks to our Students

Posted on December 21, 2012

Students, at both primary and secondary level, became heavily involved in our Christmas Card appeal for Colombian prisoner Omar Combita.  Many sent handmade cards with their own special greeting on whilst others sent some very heartfelt messages of support. 

We are very grateful to them for taking the time to do this, along with many other activists who sent cards and greetings, and I am sure Omar will benefit greatly from our thoughts at this time.

We will keep you updated on the progress of this and other cases in Colombia.

Wishing you all a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year.


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Putting Education to Work

Posted on December 05, 2012

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, launched the 2012 annual report on Education for All on 27th November 2012 in the INTO Learning Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Photo of launch of GMR Report 27 Nov 2012Education for All is the global drive to achieve Millennium Development Goal Number 2 by 2015. The 2012 report focuses on “Youth and Skills”; how education must provide young people with a broad range of skills – not just information – to enable young people to access jobs, vocational training and further education.

The report was prepared by UNESCO and contains examples of how education systems are focusing on skills and vocational training, of which many of the examples are highly relevant to Ireland

More information on education and the MDGs can be found on UNESCO site.

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Congratulations Palestine ......

Posted on November 30, 2012

UN votes overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as the world's 194th state with some notable exceptions

A resolution has just been adopted by the UN General Assembly to give Observer State status in the UN to Palestine.

The state of Palestine has already been recognized by 132 countries, and the Palestinians have 80 embassies and 40 representative offices around the world, according to the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Palestinians lobbied hard for Western support, winning over key European countries including France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland, as well as Japan and New Zealand. Germany and Britain were among the many Western nations that abstained.  Joining the United States and Israel in voting "no" were Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.

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Christmas Cards for Colombia

Posted on November 29, 2012

Justice for Colombia [Ireland] is inviting everyone to send a greeting card to Omar Alfonso Combita this Christmas to express our solidarity.

OmarAlfonsoCombitapicture_093942Omar is a teacher currently being held without trial since October 2011 accused of "rebellion" and more details of the ongoing campaign can be found here

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Unions condemn MEPs support for Colombia-Peru Free Trade Agreement

Posted on November 27, 2012

As MEPs in the EP's international trade committee today endorse the EU's FTA with Colombia and Peru, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) repeat their opposition to a trade deal which has not adequately addressed the continuing violence and harassment of trade unionists and human rights defenders, and lacks measures to ensure compliance with international labour rights.

At the request of the EP's committee both governments have presented Roadmaps on human rights and environmental protection, without any consultation with local trade union confederations.

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Minister Costello opens 4th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School

Posted on September 05, 2012

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Minister Costello with member of Congress, guests and speakers

The 4th Annual Global Solidarity Summer School took place in Wexford from Friday 24th August to Saturday 25th August. We welcomed close to 90 participants to the Summer School which included delegates, guests and speakers who would take part in a very packed programme.

We were delighted that Minister Joe Costello could open the Summer School for us this year and look forward to hearing more detail on Irish Aid's plans to hold their own Summer School next year. A full copy of his speech is available here.

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European Parliament calls for strengthening of development education across Europe

Posted on July 05, 2012

After an intense 4 month campaign, on July 5th, the European Parliament adopted the written declaration on development education and global active citizenship, which was sponsored by MEPs Filip Kaczmarek (PL/EPP), Catherine Grèze (FR/Greens), Fiona Hall (UK/ ALDE), Maria Badia I Cutchet (ES/ S&D) and Michael Gahler (DE/EPP). To be adopted, a written declaration needs to gather the signatures of an absolute majority of MEPs. A written declaration is a text of a maximum of 200 words on a matter falling within the European Union's sphere of activities. MEPs can use written declarations to launch or relaunch a debate on a subject that comes within the EU's remit. Over 300 MEPs signed the declaration, 10 of which were Irish MEPs.

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Education sparks debate in Leinster House

Posted on June 29, 2012

The Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign for Education recently had the opportunity meet with Minister Joe Costello about the role of education in development. On foot of their submission to the White Paper Review on Irish Aid, they wanted to express their concern to the Minister about the current situation of education in development, the cut in budgets over the years, the percentage of aid spent on education [10 - 12%] and the fear that education would lose out to other priorities.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to ILO - 14 June 2012

Posted on June 15, 2012

In a landmark address to the ILO, Aung San Suu Kyi called for international aid and investment to help build a better future for Myanmar and highlighted the problems of youth unemployment.

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