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Ireland's ambassador to the UN to deliver the annual John Hume lecture at MacGill School

Ireland's ambassador to the United Nations, Geraldine Byrne Nason will deliver this year's John Hume lecture at the MacGill School. Picture by Department of Foreign Affairs

GERALDINE Byrne Nason, Ireland's ambassador to the UN, will deliver the annual John Hume lecture tomorrow at the MacGill School.

The online event, which began yesterday, will also hear from speakers including Taoiseach Micheál Martin; David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, and Dr Mike Ryan, executive director at the World Health Organisation.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and SDLP MP Claire Hanna will take part in a discussion tomorrow.

The MacGill School, founded more than 40 years ago in Glenties, Co Donegal, has grown to become one of the most important political events in Ireland.

The theme for this year's school is A Threatened Planet: Recovery From The Pandemic Must Be Built On New Values And A New Vision.

Director of the MacGill School, Joe Mulholland, said the event will be online for the second year in a row.

"MacGill will, as it usually does, look to the future, not to a return to 'normality' as we know it but to a different way of living our relatively short lives on a planet which, according to our scientists, is under severe threat unless mankind urgently changes its attitudes and habits," he said.

For more details on how to register visit: www.macgillsummerschool.com

Meanwhile, the John & Pat Hume Foundation will host a virtual discussion on how Ireland can help combat climate change, ahead of the Cop26 UN Climate Change Conference which begins on Sunday.

The event, which starts at 7pm tonight, will include an address by Tom Arnold, chair of the 2030 Agri-Food Strategy Committee, and contributions from other speakers.

To register visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-can-the-island-of-ireland-best-contribute-to-cop-26-tickets-186617226147.

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