US secretary of state John Kerry speaking in Lima: “We can rise above the debates that have dragged us down . . . for the sake of our children and our grandchildren”. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

If an ambitious agreement is not reached urgently to tackle the grave threat posed by climate change, it would be seen by future generations as a “mas(...)

Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo (centre  back), Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Secretary General Mithika Mwenda (second right) and International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Sharan Burrow (second left) walk out of the UN Climate Change Conferencein Warsaw, Poland.

Non-governmental organisations from across the globe, including Irish observers, staged a mass walk-out from the UN’s 19th climate change conference (...)

Refugees from South Kordofan playing at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan last week. “In times of shrinking aid budgets, tax is the most important source of income for developing countries, and it is the most obvious way to move beyond reliance on aid.” Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

The Irish Aid policy paper to be launched today will be an important modernisation of Ireland’s vision for overseas development. The Government(...)