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In her address, Monique Pariat, Director-General in DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, European Commissionwill argue that in 2019, over 130 million people in 42 countries will require humanitarian assistance, the equivalent of more than a quarter of the EU28 population. She will highlight that the average length of a humanitarian crisis is now nine years, while some last for decades and will address some of the causal factors: the lack of willingness among conflict actors to find political solutions to crises; social and economic fragility that fuels instability; climate change; mega trends, like urbanisation and population growth. Finally, she will outline the priorities for the European Union, as one of the top humanitarian donors and emergency responders. Find out more.
A keynote Address from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi will outline the importance of countries working together to resolve the refugee crisis and argue that refugees are a global concern and a shared responsibility. He will urge states to get behind the new global compact on refugees and look forward to the first ever Global Refugee Forum, which will take place 17-8 December 2019. Find out more.
As part of its Summer Series, the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) is hosting a Conversation Circle on Hot Topics on the Doorstep in the IDEA Office, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1. This will be led by candidates in recent local and European elections, including Alan Hayes, Eilis Ryan, and Sandra Fay, who will be sharing what they heard ‘on the doorstep,’ in relation to global and social justice issues. Find out more.
Climate Connects is organised by members of groups within the Irish Climate Movement to facilitate connections between groups so that we can collectively support each other and make the movement as strong, vibrant and sustainable as possible. It is a space where groups can share skills, resources, concerns, and learnings. We'll be discussing how to work together to organise for the international strike actions in September, we'll be giving space for groups to update each other on their campaigns and where and how we can support each other, and so much more! This event is also open to groups that do not work directly on climate issues, but would like to become more involved in the space and connect with groups in the Irish Climate Movement. Please note, this is an event for groups taking action on climate issues and members are asked to register individually. Find out more.
Monitoring and surveillance affects everyone's privacy. But it’s well-established that governments and corporations subject those living in poverty to heightened or more invasive surveillance. ICCL has invited the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Professor Philip Alston, to give a free talk on how digital surveillance technologies are being introduced into social welfare systems around the globe. Find out more.