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Despite challenges brought on by economic crisis, Ireland has sustained its commitment to helping other countries, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
Gilmore, who is also the country's Foreign Minister, said his government has prioritized hunger and malnutrition in its aid programmes, with plans to double spending on nutrition by 2016.
He reported that Ireland is emerging from the crisis and an international bail-out, and that its economy is back on track.
"And I am proud to say that despite the extremely difficult circumstances many Irish people find themselves in, we have sustained our commitment to the provision of development aid. I know that we are ready to play a part in this new global partnership, and that it is only through this body, the United Nations, that this can be achieved."
The Deputy Prime Minister said creating a better future for the millions of impoverished people worldwide is perhaps the greatest moral and practical challenge facing the international community.
He pointed out that more than 800 million people live in extreme poverty, while nearly 20,000 children die each day from preventable causes.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.