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UCDVO Development Film Series 2018

The UCDVO Development Film Series includes 5 high quality feature documentary films on subjects relating to development and global justice issues. Each Monday screening is followed by a guest speaker and refreshments. Seat bookings should be made in advance of each screening by emailing For programme details, please click here. This event is free of charge and all are welcome. Follow us on facebook for updates and reminders ( Running from 29 January. 

Free Screening of Girls from Earth to mark Zero Tolerance to FGM Day

Join ActionAid Ireland for a free screening of Girls From Earth to mark International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM. The event will be followed by a Q&A with visiting anti-FGM campaigners from Liberia. This powerful new documentary explores the impact of female genital mutilation (FGM) through the eyes of two young women in both Africa and Europe. The original and unique perspective of Girls from Earth reflects how complex traditional behaviours such as FGM are and how changing mentalities around the practice is a slow but achievable process. FGM is the partial or full cutting of a girl’s clitoris and labia, for non-medical reasons. It is a violation of women’s human rights to life, dignity and health. 2,639 girls living in Ireland may currently be at risk of undergoing FGM. Book free tickets.

Date: 6 February 2018
Time: 18:00
Location: Oval Room, Friends of Rotunda Hospital, Parnell St, Dublin 1 

Ireland: Development Ally or Tax Haven?
Comhlámh's First Wednesday Debate, hosted with Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI), looks at tax justice at a time when Ireland's tax practices are with regard to multinationals are coming under increasing scrutiny. As Ireland's development actors come together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, is it time to ask whether by facilitating multinationals to reduce their tax payments, we undermine our development efforts?  Speakers include John Christensen from the Tax Justice Network UK, Mary Cosgrove (NUIG) and Maeve Bateman (DDCI). Join us to discuss whether Ireland's international tax practices undermine our overseas development objectives. More information and registration are here.  

Date: Wednesday 7 February 2018
Time: 19:00
Location; Teacher’s Club, Dublin 1

Development Education and Human Rights Seminar

The Centre for Global Education and the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education are hosting a seminar which will present and debate the content of Issue 25 of the Policy and Practice Journal on the theme of ‘Development Education and Human Rights’. A light lunch will be served from 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Speakers: Fionnuala Waldron, Su-ming Khoo, Ben Mallon and Rowan Oberman. To register, please click here.

Date: 9 February 2018
Time: 10.30 - 12.30
Location: Seamus Heaney Lecture Theatre (SPD: G114), Dublin City University, St Patrick’s College campus, Drumcondra

#SDGchallenge - A Showcase Event

Development Perspectives and the #SDGchallenge invite you to join us to learn about and celebrate the actions of some of Ireland's leading Sustainable Development Goal Advocates. You are invited to participate in an interactive day of debate and exploration involving a panel discussion with Suzanna Keatinge (Dóchas), Maria Barry (Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, DCU) and Peter McVerry (Peter McVerry Trust). You will have the opportunity to find out more about Ireland's commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and opportunities for you to get involved in making them a reality. For more information, please contact Visit the Eventbrite page.

Date: 23 February 2018
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Location: The Pillar Room, The Rotunda Foundation, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1

Mass Starvation: 21st Century crime. Professor Alex de Waal, by Trócaire and Concern Worldwide

Professor Alex de Waal will be joined by Professor Siobhan Mullally for an evening of discussion on the history and future of famine. The event will be chaired by journalist and RTE presenter Audrey Carville. Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building. His latest book is Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine (Polity Press 2017). In this book, Professor de Waal analyses starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war.

Siobhan Mullally is Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. She has published widely in the fields of gender, women’s rights, migration, asylum and multiculturalism. She is currently the President of the Council of Europe anti-trafficking body, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking (GRETA). She is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague. Further details are here.

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Seismic Summit by Engineers without Borders

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ireland will host a gathering of internationally recognised experts in the fields of Seismic Resistant Construction Techniques, Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Building Conservation. Speakers include: Randolph Langenbach who has served as a consultant to UNESCO in Turkey, Georgia, India and Iran; the World Monuments Fund in Iran and Haiti; UN‐HABITAT in Pakistan after both the 2005 earthquake and the 2010 floods; and the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan.

Martijn Schildkamp, founder of three Smart Shelter divisions, who has designed and built numerous projects in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Indonesia. Martijn is currently a researcher in Kyoto University in Japan where they have based a research project on his seismic resistant schools in Nepal.

Kubilay Hicyilmaz, a seismic engineer who has led teams in Haiti doing post earthquake damage assessment and training and implemented an earthquake engineering training programme in the Pakistan Administered Kashmir post 8 October 2005 South Asian Earthquake. He continues to work and provide engineering review and support for a variety of humanitarian organisations. To attend, please click here.

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Time: 9:00 - 15:00
Location: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices 

Dochas Annual Conference: Engaging the Public in a Conversation about International Development

As Irish civil society, committed to involving and engaging Irish citizens in the fight against global poverty, inequality and injustice, we need to seek ways to reimagine the role and relevance of international development for the ‘Global Island’ of Ireland today. Join us as we shape a vision of international development that resonates for the Irish public. We will imagine, develop and promote a stronger collective vision for the international development sector. We will seek solutions to counter the distrust and disengagement by the public in Ireland and globally. And we will seek to challenge the shrinking space for civil society to speak out to shape pro-poor policy making. Further details are here.

Date: Thursday 3 May 2018
Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Venue: TBC 

Conference Organised by Maynooth University Department of Law June 2018

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a landmark instrument in the history of human rights. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations, and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has significantly influenced the development of human rights law and policy, internationally, regionally and domestically. Maynooth University Department of Law is organising a symposium entitled “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy; A Review of Successes and Challenges” on 21st and 22nd June 2018. This symposium will include discussions by keynote speakers, in addition to a number of papers focusing on different aspects of human rights protection since the adoption of the UDHR, submitted in response to a Call for Papers. Conference presenters will be invited to submit an abstract for a Publication on the Conference Topic.

Date: Thursday and Friday 21 and 22 June
Time: 09:00 - 22 Jun 17:00
Location: Maynooth University Law Department