1. Communities facing hunger, inequality and conflict need our support
We live in a deeply unequal world. While some countries have massive wealth, millions of people across the globe face a daily reality of extreme poverty, hunger, and conflict.
Crucially though, a global system exists where wealthy countries like Ireland provide funding to help tackle these challenges of global poverty and inequality. This overseas aid funding is channelled in a number of ways, including through organisations like Trócaire.
2. The war in Ukraine and the Covid pandemic have only made things worse
Over the past three years, during the devastating Covid pandemic, decades of progress towards ending poverty and hunger have been rapidly reversed.
Poverty rates in poor countries surged between 2020 and 2023 with an additional 165 million people falling into poverty according to UN figures.
The horrific war in Ukraine has had knock on effects contributing to widespread hunger in many places across the world. There’s a widening gap between rapidly increasing humanitarian needs and the urgent global funding needed.
This is leaving millions of people without assistance or protection. 258 million people in 58 countries are facing hunger and famine as a result of conflict, climate and rising food prices. That stark number means that 65 million additional people are food insecure – 34% more than in 2022.
The furthest behind are being affected the most severely by the failure of wealthy countries to fulfil their promises on overseas aid.
3. On top of this is a rapidly accelerating climate crisis
In the last twelve months we have seen an increase in extreme weather events related to climate breakdown, including drought in the horn of Africa, flooding in Pakistan and cyclones in Malawi. The months of July and August this Summer were the hottest ever on record.
It is deeply unjust that those who have contributed least to climate change are suffering the worst impacts, and people desperately need assistance to cope with the impacts of a climate that is breaking down.
Global solidarity is needed now more than ever.