Ireland has just announced its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.
With this candidacy, Ireland is asking the world to affirm that it is a true global leader that should sit on one of the United Nation’s most powerful and consequential organs.
As governments around the world work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a nation’s official development assistance (ODA) should be viewed as a benchmark, in part, for their fitness to lead on the world stage.
Ireland has long been serious about efforts to end extreme poverty, as evidenced by its ODA budget. In 2017, Ireland’s ODA budget was at about 0.3% of GNP, and Ireland has committed to increasing it’s ODA to 0.7% of GNP--the target agreed upon by OECD countries in 1970.
Let Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and Tánaiste (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade) know that following through on its commitment to reach the 0.7% aid target must be at the heart of a serious UN Security Council bid.