The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has been appointed as one of the 26 organisations chosen by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, as leaders in driving forward Ireland’s progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The appointment is part of the 2023-2024 SDG Champions Programme, which aims to raise public awareness of the SDGs and to encourage everyone in society to make a contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As an SDG Champion, NYCI will act as an advocate and promoter of the SDGs, as well as an example of how an organisation can integrate the goals into their work and activities.
The 26 champions appointed this year consist of larger, national organisations and smaller, community groups from across the public, private, community, voluntary, youth, and NGO sectors, including the National Youth Council of Ireland.
The 26 SDG Champions for 2023/2024 Champions are:
- An Post
- An Taisce
- Ballyhoura Development CLG
- Chambers Ireland
- Clare County Council
- Development Perspectives
- Football Association of Ireland (FAI)
- Failte Ireland
- Fair Seas
- Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
- Irish League of Credit Unions
- Iarnrod Eireann – Irish Rail
- Jiminy Eco Toys
- Macra na Feirme
- National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
- Peter McVerry Trust
- Rush Tidy Towns
- Sustainable Life School
- TESCO Ireland
- The Heritage Council
- TIER Mobility
- University of Galway
NYCI is delighted to be a part of this year’s programme, which recognises that the SDGs are for everyone and that everyone can make a contribution to their success. Over 80 organizations applied to take part in the programme this year, demonstrating Irish society’s readiness to assist in ensuring that Ireland becomes a global leader in achieving the goals.
Achieving the SDG targets by 2030 is a collective task that cannot be accomplished without partnership. We look forward to working together with the other 25 champions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda in Ireland. We congratulate all of the other SDG Champions appointed under this year’s programme and are proud to be part of such a diverse group of organizations who are passionate about driving Ireland’s progress towards a more sustainable future.