The European Parliament elections in June 2009 provide an outstanding opportunity to send representatives to Europe’s democratically elected parliament that will do their utmost to help make world poverty history.
On 15 May, Ireland’s Development NGOs presents their ideas of how Irish MEPs can play a positive role in the global efforts to reduce poverty and promote human development. Those ideas are supported by 850,00p people; the people who support the work of the 39 Dóchas member organisations. A sizeable constituency, that is passionate about global justice. And that will take a keen interest in the role Irish MEPs play in that context.
The 15 May event will provide all MEP candidates with an opportunity to set out their vision of how the EU can make a difference for the world’s poorest people. In a public debate forum, facilitated by Journalist Fintan O’Toole, MEP candidates will be able to discuss their views with staff and supporters of Irish Development NGOs. Sylvia Borren, co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), will speak on the importance of the European Parliament for Development.
Download Dóchas manifesto: “There is Power in the Parliament – 10 ways Irish MEPs can Make a Difference for Development in the next parliamentary term”.
Date and venue: 15 May 2009, 10am-12noon. European Parliament Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. To register for this event, please contact Anna Farrell at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s Power in the Parliament – increasingly so. Irish NGOs urge Irish MEPs to use it for the benefit of the world’s poor, marginalised and vulnerable by taking some of the following actions:
- Tackle wider European actions undermining the world’s poor.
- Protect poor countries and the most vulnerable within them.
- Urge Europe to get to grips with the world’s hunger crisis.
- Make sure the EU is a global leader in tackling climate change.
- Push for European progress on trade justice.
- Hold the EU to its promises on aid quantity and quality.
- Bring creative thinking to financing for development.
- Focus on rights and human security.
- Protect independent, impartial humanitarian action.
- Get the EU institutions and structures working for development.