Forthcoming Events

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(1) Launch of ‘A Generation for Change’: Spotlight Report on Young People, the Sustainable Development Goals and Ireland 2018, and ‘Leave No One Behind’ Youth Event: 25 April, 11am - 4pm, Department of Foreign Affairs, Iveagh House, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Lunch included. Find out more and apply. Book by 20 April. Contact: Places very limited.

(2) #LASCWeds Talk: Special Screening of 'What in the World? Brazil’s Black Genocide' with Director Peadar King: 25 April, 7pm, The Outhouse, 105 Capel St, Dublin 1

This special free screening of the hard-hitting episode focusing on the black genocide in Brazil from the 'What in the World?' documentary series will feature a discussion with director Peadar King. The event will also include a discussion of the recent assassination of the prominent black community leader, Marielle Franco, in Rio de Janeiro, and the increasing militarization of Brazil’s major cities. Brazil is steeped in violence. According to a report by the Brazilian Forum for Public Security there were 58,383 violent deaths in 2015. And young black people aged between 14 and 29 are the most likely victims of that violence. A 2017 United Nations report concluded from its analysis of Brazil’s death toll that a young black man dies every 23 minutes in Brazil, and a black youth is twelve times more likely to be murdered that a white youth. As a result, many are now referring to this situation as a genocide.

(3) Launch of The Sustainable Development Goals: National Implementation Plan 2018-2020: 26 April, 2.15pm - 3.30pm, The Institute of International and European Affairs, 8 North Great Georges St, Dublin 1

Minister Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, will deliver a keynote address. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the global community’s response to the urgent economic, social and environmental problems facing the world today, from climate change to global poverty and inequality. The 17 SDGs set out a bold vision for achieving a more sustainable world by the year 2030. Ireland has a particular interest in the SDGs, as our former Ambassador to the UN, Mr David Donoghue, acted as co-facilitator to the intergovernmental negotiations through which the Goals were agreed. In his address, Minister Denis Naughten will launch The Sustainable Development Goals: National Implementation Plan 2018-2020, which sets out how the Irish Government will implement the SDGs in Ireland and support countries around the world to do the same, particularly through the work of Irish Aid, Ireland’s programme for overseas development. Minister Naughten will discuss how The National Implementation Plan provides for a whole-of-government response to the SDGs and addresses the need to raise public awareness of, and engagement with, the SDGs. Find out more and register.

(4) Clipping the Vulture's Wings: Understanding the role of vulture funds from the developing world to the Irish housing crisis: 3 May, 6.30pm, Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2

This event will link together the local and global impact of vulture funds. Join our speakers to discuss how the global financial system perpetuates these predatory practices all over the world, and learn what can be done both at home and overseas to end the vulture culture. Speakers: Antonio Gambini and Michael Byrne. Antonio Gambini works with Belgian civil society organisation, CNCD 11.11.11, a leading organisation behind the introduction of pioneering anti-vulture funds legislation in Belgium. This legislation, passed in 2015, aims to curtail the speculative activities of vulture funds with regards to sovereign debt in developing countries. Join us to find out more about their work in getting the legislation passed as well as its impact so far. Michael Byrne is a lecturer in political economy at UCD's School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. His focus is on the politics of housing and the renting sector. Michael is actively involved with the Dublin Tenants' Association. He authored DDCI's 2015 research into the global role of vulture funds, and is an expert on their impact on the Irish housing crisis. Register for free tickets.

(5) 'Mass Starvation: 21st Century Crime' with Professor Alex de Waal: 9 May, 6pm - 9pm, The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin

Professor Alex de Waal will be joined by Professor Siobhan Mullally for an evening of discussion on the history and future of famine, hosted by Trócaire and Concern Worldwide. Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building. His latest book is Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine (Polity Press 2017). In this book, Professor de Waal analyses starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Find out more and register.

(6) Food for Thought/Lón Intinne: Conversations on Cultural Resilience: 18 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm, GMIT Castlebar, Westport Rd, Castlebar

Twenty years have passed since Richard Douthwaite and a small group of like-minded thinkers founded Feasta - the Foundation for the economics of Sustainability. Against the backdrop of Afri’s Famine Walk on 19 May, this innovative event is intended to explore today’s challenges both in Ireland and globally, in conversation and through culture using the Great Hunger and Richard’s legacy as backdrops, including solidarity with the global social justice movement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, climate action and food sovereignty. A strand in Irish exploring ecological parallels in culture and language will be facilitated by Teacht Aniar - (Beidh fáilte ar leith roimh chainteoirí na teanga agus leagan Gaeilge le fáil ó The event will be followed by a "Celebration of Cultural Resilience", at Blousers (Walshes) in Westport, with conversation, music and the spoken word, from 8pm - 11pm. Find out more and register.

(7) Afri Famine Walk 2018: 19 May, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

The 2018 Famine Walk will take place on Saturday 19 May in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Further details will be posted to the Afri website closer to the time. If you would like to receive a postal brochure (sent out one month in advance of the walk), please contact the Afri office: or 01 8827563. Find out more.