TCD-UCD MDP Students Meet with Former US Vice-President Al Gore
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TCD-UCD MDP Students Meet with Former US Vice-President Al Gore

Romain Valadaud, Gearoid Fitzmaurice & RachelVannice pictured with Former US Vice President AlGore (photo credit MRFCJ)Dublin MDP students had the unique opportunity to volunteer with the MaryRobinson Climate Justice Foundation, in conjunction with the Irish government andmany UN and NGO partners, in a conference entitled Hunger-Nutrition- ClimateJustice: A New Dialogue putting people at the Heart of Global Development.The conference involved many actors at all levels of the interface between Hunger, Nutrition,and Climate Justice. Current President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Tánaiste andMinister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD and several other ministerswere in attendance. In addition, private partners, leading world-wide academics, UNagency members, and leaders of grassroots organizations throughout Africa, South &Central America and Asia participated in panel discussions and small ‘learning circles.’Within these circles, topics including ‘Empowerment,’ ‘Rights’ and the linking of ‘Localand National’ interests were discussed and consensus recommendations were reached.The unique blend of high-level policy participants, NGO leaders and community-based organization developers allowed for the illumination of diverse perspectives.Students were able to present their own experiences to contribute to these discussions.Former Vice President of the United States of America, Al Gore, gave a rousing key noteaddress, specifically mentioning the role that students can play in shaping the future ofdecisions and policies related to climate change, climate justice, and hunger. Theconference culminated in many newly-forged connections between various levels andaction plans to ensure that the effects of the conference would extend far beyond thetwo intensive days

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TCD-UCD MDP Students Meet with Former US Vice-President Al Gore