The Taoiseach has said that Ireland will continue to work towards meeting its overseas aid target of 0.7% of national wealth in 2008.
Mr. Ahern added that climate change will dictate government policy at home and abroad in the coming year.
In his New Year's Day message Bertie Ahern has expressed deep concern at the continuing Darfur conflict and reaffirmed the commitment to send peace keeping troops to other parts of Africa.
The Taoiseach has also said he hoped there would be international agreement in Dublin by May on banning the use of wartime cluster munitions
Meanwhile the Pope, in his New Year's Day message, has stressed the Catholic Church's support of the family.
Benedict 16th. has described the family created by the marriage of a man and woman as the first natural society.