Thursday 29 June 2017

Ireland does 'punch above its weight'

It was great to hear US President Barack Obama asserting that Ireland can so often "punch above its weight".

A wonderful example is Ireland's overseas co-operation work in Africa, a programme initiated by the late Dr Garret FitzGerald. At the United Nations last September, Hillary Clinton and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin launched an initiative aimed at saving the lives of the many millions of children who suffer from illness and disease brought on by undernutrition.

Concern was delighted to be part of that initiative and in a few weeks' time we will host a major follow-up conference of civil society organisations from around the globe in Washington DC. The two governments are also planning the next important steps in the One Thousand Days Campaign -- a reference to the fact that the first 1,000 days of a child's life are crucial in determining the future of that child.

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