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November 2018 Newsletter

Here's the latest monthly update from Trócaire. Our newsletter features news and views from Trócaire staff, volunteers and supporters around the world. Plus the latest social and political developments from the countries where we work.

Trócaire welcomes overseas aid increase in Budget 2019

Overseas aid committment increase

Increase by €110 million means Ireland moves closer to delivering its long-held commitment on aid

Trócaire has welcomed the announcement to increase funding for the world’s poorest people. Significantly, Ireland is heading in the right direction towards reaching its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on overseas development.

However, there was no increase in the carbon tax, which was a major missed opportunity in Budget 2019.

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Ireland should respond to expert Climate Change warning

A man in Lilongwe, Malawi holding up a sign for Trócaire's Climate Change campaign. Malawi faces persistent drought due to Climate Change. Photo : Alan Whelan.

Trócaire urges Ireland to back expert call for urgent increase in climate action

Trócaire has welcomed the Special Report released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This landmark UN report outlines how the world can limit global warming temperatures to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. This is a target set in the global Paris Agreement.

In the countries where we work, the impact of climate change is at crisis level. Extended droughts and increased flooding across east Africa mean that millions of people are facing hunger and struggling to survive. As the planet warms even further, this will only get worse.

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Yemen crisis: millions facing famine

A malnourished baby receives medical treatment at al Sabeen Maternal Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The UN has warned that Yemen is facing potentially “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.

More than five million people are at immediate risk of starvation with the UN estimating that an additional 8 million are at risk in the short to medium term.

Trócaire has provided €300,000 to respond to the crisis. This funding provides 1,500 families with safe drinking water and improved hygiene.

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In the news this month:

Brazil election : why we need to stand with human rights defenders [Trócaire, 1st Nov]

Colombia : Blood coal: Ireland’s dirty secret [The Guardian, 25th Oct]

Yemen : The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia's War

West Bank : A community faces imminent demolition [Trócaire, 4th Oct] 

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