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GOAL Position Papers

Amplifying the voice of vulnerable communities

In addition to our programme work GOAL produces position and discussion papers highlighting key issues and opportunities to strengthen national and international policies and systems. This in turn helps to ensure the communities we support can live more resilient lives in a more equal, fair and sustainable world.

Working across 14 countries, we use insights from our programmes to amplify the voices of the vulnerable communities we work with. This supports our engagement with stakeholders at home and abroad, including Governments, policy makers, donors, the private sector, academic institutions and civil society.

GOAL’s work is founded in the global interconnectedness and universality at the heart of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It recognises the importance of building innovative collaboration and engagement opportunities.

GOAL Position Papers


Environmental Policy

Protecting and promoting environmental sustainability is our most urgent challenge as a global community. Even more compelling due to the devastating and disproportionate impact of climate change on the world's most vulnerable communities.


Blue Economy

Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. The Blue Economy is one of the most critical opportunities to sustainably address future food insecurity crises.


Food Systems

The world is responding to increasing levels of hunger. Securing equitable, resilient and sustainable food systems needs to be a high priority.



Climate change poses the greatest threat to our future. Sadly, vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected. Urgent policy change with global financial commitments is critical.



As Ireland takes a seat on the United Nations Security Council, GOAL looks forward to working with the Department of Foreign Affairs in pursuit of peace and dignity for the people of Syria.



GOAL is calling for the international community to increase and accelerate action to address the humanitarian and security crises facing millions of Venezuelans and Colombians in Colombia.



As the world grapples with the unprecedented Covid-19 public health crisis, GOAL is committed to doing everything it can to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable populations in the Global South.


Budget 2021

With the growing impact of Covid-19 Ireland must secure its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Budget to help support the world's most vulnerable communities.