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Ministers Coveney and Cannon launch the 2016 Irish Aid Annual Report

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Ministers Coveney and Cannon launch the 2016 Irish Aid Annual Report

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D., with Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon T.D., will today launch the 2016 Irish Aid Annual Report.

The report sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.  Ireland’s total overseas development assistance amounted to €724 million in 2016 with a strong focus on least developed countries.  €194 million was provided in humanitarian assistance in 2016 in response to the unprecedented level of humanitarian need due to conflict, natural disaster and migration.

Speaking about the results highlighted in the report, Minister Coveney said: “2016 saw the scale of humanitarian need in the world reach record levels with over 130 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.  Ireland is committed to providing humanitarian assistance to ease the plight of civilians caught up in conflicts and natural disasters.  Ireland’s humanitarian assistance in 2016 included €25m to the Syrian crisis focussed on helping those inside Syria and €29m to countries in the Horn of Africa.  Our assistance is to help meet the immediate and most basic needs: food, clean water and shelter; and access to health care and education.”

The report also highlights the work Irish Aid is doing, on behalf of the Irish people, in Ireland’s key partner countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.   Irish Aid works directly in eight key partner countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon said: “We are working with governments in our partner countries to tackle climate change and food insecurity, and improve health and education services. This is critical as sustainable development in all corners of the world is the only long-term solution to the complex challenges facing the world today.”

ENDS

Press Office

26 September 2017

 

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