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Irish Aid sponsors ‘Development Matters’ lecture series in IIEA

The ‘Development Matters’ lecture series provides an opportunity for informed public debate on global development issues. The lecture series is a key element of Irish Aid’s partnership with the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA).

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The IIEA - Irish Aid Development Matters Series promotes informed public debate on development issues.

The IIEA - Irish Aid Development Matters Series was launched in 2011, and has since brought influential actors in global development to Ireland to address key issues and emerging trends in international development. It promotes informed public engagement in development issues, particularly since the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2016, the Development Matters Series provided a public forum for critical discussion on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on education and health, in the context of the ongoing migration crisis. Speakers invited in 2016 were international experts and leading policy makers on these issues, and the Development Matters series provided a unique opportunity to engage these experts in constructive dialogue on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the changing development context. The 2016 series included the following speakers: EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica; EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides; Associate Director and Global Chief of Education at UNICEF, Jo Bourne and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, David Nabarro.

A wide range of topics and speakers are lined up for 2017.

2017 promises to be just as exciting with a wide range of topics and speakers lined up. The 2017 Series will build on that of 2016 and look at the implementation of the Sustainable Development goals, with a focus on health (Relating of SDG 2: Zero Hunger; SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being; SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation) and poverty reduction (relating to SDG 1: No Poverty; SDG 5: Gender Equality; SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities).

Have a look at the confirmed speakers below, and check back regularly in 2017 when we will confirm further dates and topics. Please note these events are only open to IIEA members. You can become a member on the IIEA website.

29th March Joe McHugh T.D. Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development
31st March Dr. Selim Jahan, Director of the UNDP's Human Development Report Office

*The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) is a think tank and policy research institute based in Dublin. It acts also as a forum, bringing together stakeholders to discuss issues of national, European and international significance.